Gerald “Jerry” Qualls

Aug 3rd, 1943 - Feb 4th, 2021


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Wed, Feb. 10th, 2021 4pm


Blue Funeral Home (Goreville)

Wed, Feb. 10th, 2021 6pm


Fieldon, IL

Thu, Feb. 11th, 2021 1pm

Gerald “Jerry” Qualls

A special note for Blackcat Nation….Brian is planning on setting up and broadcasting this evening’s services for our dear friend, “Coach” Jerry Qualls. Coach Qualls was a cornerstone to our community foundation, and will be surely missed. Please tune in at 6 pm this evening to pay tribute to his memory and legacy, and also to show your support for his family and surviving wife, Lois.

Gerald “Jerry” Philip Qualls, 77, of Goreville, passed away February 4, 2021 at Heartland Regional Medical Center.

He was born August 3, 1943 in Murphysboro, IL.  He was the son of Robert and Dora (Moschenrose) Qualls.

He graduated from Gorham High School in 1961 and attended SIU-Carbondale on a baseball scholarship, being named MVP his sophomore year.   He signed with the Detroit Tigers at the end of his sophomore year.  He played two years prior to suffering an injury ending his professional career.

Jerry married Lois Isringhausen in Jerseyville, Illinois on March 1, 1964.   They were blessed to share nearly 57 years together.  Coach, as he was known to many, and his wife enjoyed traveling, visiting all 50 states. After retirement, he and Lois also enjoyed taking cruises where they visited multiple ports, including many in the Carribean Islands.  Among their favorite places visited were Alaska, the Panama Canal, and Hawaii where they celebrated their 50th anniversary.

After his baseball career ended, he embarked on a coaching career where he was renowned for coaching baseball and basketball, spending 10 years at his alma mater in Gorham (1974/75 – 1983/84) before continuing at Goreville where he had a 20 year stint (1984/85 – 2003/2004). He amassed over 500 wins in both basketball and baseball and was selected to the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1999.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Lois Qualls of Goreville; two children Michael Qualls of Dexter, MO.,  and Stacey (Frank) Kuebrich of Jerseyville;  grandchildren Kannon Qualls and Alexis Kuebrich; sister-in-law Marge Qualls of Sparta; brother-in-law Willard Arbeiter (Ruth Ann) of Gorham; sister-in-law Shirley Scott and brothers-in-law Clayton Isringhausen (Marge) and Phillip Isringhausen (Gail), all of Jerseyville; as well as many nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Patricia Arbeiter; a brother, James Qualls, and a daughter-in-law, Raquel Qualls.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, February 10, 2021 at 6 pm at Blue Funeral Home in Goreville with Pastor Brent Schuetz officiating.  Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 pm until the time of service at the funeral home.  Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, Feb. 11th in Fieldon, Illinois at 1 p.m.

Due to health concerns related to the COVID-19 virus, social distancing and the wearing of masks will be required.

Memorial:  In lieu of flowers the family is requesting donations be made to Goreville Athletics with the money being designated annually for an individual of the boys’ basketball team to attend team camp who otherwise may not be able to do so financially.

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15 Guestbook Messages

  • Guest: Jerry and Kathy Wittman

    From: Jerseyville, Illinois

    Date: February 5, 2021

    We are so sorry for your loss!

  • Guest: Laura (Whistle) Cates Duncan

    From: Murphysboro, Illinois

    Date: February 6, 2021

    Lois, Mike and Stacey: As I learn of Coach Qualls’ passing this morning, my heart goes out to you. I was a student (and his student secretary) at Gorham HS in the late 70’s. Coach was fun to be around with his dry sense of humor. I loved slow-dancing with him at school dances because he knew how to dance/lead properly. (Most of us kids just hung on one another and shuffled in the same spot. Ha.) Not so with Coach Qualls! I feel certain that all of you have many, many good memories of Coach to carry you through the remainder of your lives. He was a great human being. Blessings, Laura

  • Guest: Charlotte skaggs

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 6, 2021

    So very sorry for your loss Lois.

  • Guest: Charlotte skaggs

    From: Herrin, Illinois

    Date: February 6, 2021

    So very sorry for your loss Lois. My prayers are with you and your family.

  • Guest: Lynda Morthland Pfautsch

    From: Cape Girardeau, Missouri

    Date: February 6, 2021

    Mrs. Qualls, Michael and Stacey,

    Please accept my condolences.

    I have wonderful memories of Coach Qualls! History class…and drivers education!
    I am so thankful to have been one of his students. Coach Qualls touched our lives…he made our athletes winners! He, along with many other teachers and staff promoted school spirit and pride! It was such an honor to be a MUSTANG! The smallest of schools…the biggest hearts!
    Will never forget Coach Gerry Qualls!
    Prayers for your sadness…..

  • Guest: Charles Valiers

    From: Mt. Vernon, Indiana

    Date: February 6, 2021

    So sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I had the honor and pleasure of coaching Jerry in his high school years. I offer my condolences to his family.

  • Guest: Dale Kranawetter

    From: Ava, Illinois

    Date: February 6, 2021

    Jerry, a great coach, but a better man and friend. May God comfort Lois and her family with the knowledge of his everlasting life in heaven through Jesus Christ

  • Guest: Jane Runge

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: February 6, 2021

    Lois and Family, my thoughts and prayers are with you We lost a good man that was thought very highly of from many many places. He will hold a lot of people’s hearts as time passes. Thinking of you all and so sorry. Jane Runge

  • Guest: Gary Wills

    From: Cobden, Illinois

    Date: February 7, 2021

    My sympathies to Jerry’s family. RIP Jerry. Gary Wills.

  • Guest: Gary H. Adcock

    From: Tamaroa, Illinois

    Date: February 7, 2021

    Coach will be missed. I played basketball against him in 1961 at Tamaroa High School. He was a great Coach and a great person!

  • Guest: The Cools

    From: Goreville , Illinois

    Date: February 8, 2021

    Jerry and his quick wit and friendliness will forever be missed. Jerry and Lois have been wonderful neighbors and friends for over 20 years.

  • Guest: PAUL DURHAM

    From: Goreville, Illinois

    Date: February 9, 2021

    Will miss my friend, had great times together hunting ,fishing, just being around him. Thoughts to the family your all in my heart.

  • Guest: Bruce Marsan and Renee Pressley

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 10, 2021

    So sorry for your loss. Bruce and I did Sports for the paper. Always love to talk to him and “pick his brain” Such a great mentor. Enjoyed words of wisdom on the field and on the court.

  • Guest: sharon johnson

    From: mation, Illinois

    Date: February 11, 2021

    I was so proud to claim Jerry as cousin. My special memory is meeting him at the corner of Bluebell and Otte Schimpf’s house and walking that last block to the High School in Gorham. Jerry would always sing to me. I can’t remember the song, but maybe it will come to me. That’s the way my memory is these days. I am so greatful to remotely watch the memorial service and especially hear Mike speak. Lots of love and prayers for all the family.

  • Guest: Mary Marks

    From: Marion, Illinois

    Date: February 11, 2021

    I am so sorry about Jerry. It is such a great loss to your family and the Goreville community. I always enjoyed his keen sense of humor. He had a way of making you laugh and never cracking a smile! I enjoyed working with him, and learning the many things he did for his students and ball players. He was truly one of a kind. Prayers, love, and hugs as you go through these next few days, and weeks to come.