Roucher, Jerry A.
DECATUR - Jerry A. Roucher, 76, died Oct. 21 at his Sarasota, FL. home, surrounded by his family.
He was born in Decatur, Il. to the late Ann Burstein Roucher and Harold Roucher. He graduated from Culver Military Academy in 1955 and received a bachelor’s degree in Speech and Dramatic Arts at the University of Missouri, Columbia in 1960. He married Nancy Hochman in 1960 and he entered the family wholesale beverage distributing company. He was President and CEO of S & R Liquor and P & D Produce and pioneered the company’s entry into the wine business. In Decatur he held leadership positions in a number of community organizations, Including serving as President of Temple B’nai Abraham. He was a founder of the Central Illinois Jazz Festival in 1975.
When he retired in 1986, Jerry and Nancy moved to Sarasota in where he launched a second career in jazz. His knowledge and love of jazz was inspired by his father, who was a professional musician as well as a businessman. Jerry was President of The Jazz Club of Sarasota for 12 years, bringing in the top names in jazz and building the club’s membership to a record 2,500 people. Jerry was also active in the community.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters and their spouses, Roslyn Roucher and Philip Nadel, Kfar Saba, Israel; and Barbara Roucher Schuver and David Schuver, St. Louis, Mo, and five grandchildren: Hannah, Maya and Ruby Roucher; Jack and Zoe Schuver; his sister and brother-in-law, Gloria and Marvin Lieberman, Santa Fe, N.M.
Obituary written by family members.