Jerls was born May 7, 1948, in Chicago, son of Rufus Jerls and Helen Disher Jerls. He and Kay Brown Jerls were married March 13, 1991, in Jefferson City, Mo.
Jerls was an auto body repairman for Autry Morgan of Dexter, Mo.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, John Jerls and Rocky Jerls of Scott City, Jim Jerls of Cape Girardeau; two stepsons, James Jones of Whitewater, Mo., Ronnie Slinkard of Jackson; a daughter, Jennifer Jerls of Scott City; a brother, Bobby Jerls of Dawsonville, Ga.; and three granchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sons, Scott and Kenny Jerls; and two sisters.
Visitation will be from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel in Scott City.
The funeral will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral chapel, with the Rev. Joe Hudson officiating.