Paul E. Gerrits (1950 - 2014)

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Gerrits, Paul E.

Paul E. Gerrits, 63, Green Bay, died unexpectedly Wednesday, March 12, 2014. He was born May 24, 1950, in Green Bay to Harold and Audrey Gerrits.

Paul graduated from Preble High School, Class of 1968. He proudly served in the U.S. Army as a Combat Medic in Vietnam where he received two Bronze Stars. In 1971, he married Donna Rentmeester and they had two beautiful children of whom he was so proud. Paul worked in the auto body shop industry for many years.

Paul loved being a Dad, Grandpa, Uncle and a friend. He loved spending time with everyone close in his life. He could always be found working on projects, junk picking on the road, cooking a great meal, traveling, and hunting on the land he loved in Neillsville.

Paul will always be known as 'Buppa' to grandsons, Flynn and Sawyer and shared a birthday with his dear granddaughter, Quinn.

Paul is survived by his two children, Joy (Tim) Vertz, Milwaukee; and Tyler (Danyel Rallof) Gerrits, Green Bay; three grandchildren, Flynn and Sawyer Vertz, and Quinn Gerrits; Paul's special friend, Terry DeGrave; his brothers and sisters, Mike (Barb) Gerrits, Tom (Cheryl) Gerrits, Andy (Lynda) Gerrits, Cathy (Jerry) Pinchart, Laurie (Mike O'Reilly) Larcheid, Jenny (Mike) Konyn, Patti ("Shorty") Leiterman, Wally (Debbie Rohloff) Gerrits; many special nieces and nephews; Super Bowl Weekend buddies, Kurt Johansen, Dave Burkart and Tom Rentmeester and his card playing buddies, Steve De Ruyter, Bill Zelazoski, and Don Brungraber.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Audrey; and a sister-in-law, Debbie Gerrits.

Friends may call at Blaney Funeral Home, 1521 Shawano Ave., from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday. The Funeral Service, including full military honors performed by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 224 will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. To send online condolences, please go to

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund has been established in Paul's name.

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1521 Shawano Ave.
Green Bay, WI 54303
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Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette on Mar. 14, 2014
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