Gerald "Jerry" Nachtwey, 87, of Sheboygan, passed away Thursday, May 24, 2012 at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice. Jerry was born May 9, 1925 in Appleton to the late Claude and Mabel (Groonwald) Nachtwey.
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On June 3, 1950, he married the former Bette Huebner in Shawano.
Jerry served over three years in the Navy during World War II. After the war, he worked as a salesman, police officer and worked 30 years for the Kohler Company. He retired in 1984. In 1996, he returned to work for the Kohler Company in the Design Center, as a volunteer, until 2003. Jerry was an avid poet, writing hundreds of poems, one of which was published in the Library Book of Poems.
He is survived by three sons, Tim (Marsha) Nachtwey, Sheboygan, Tony Nachtwey, Cascade and Bruce (Deb Hurst) Nachtwey, Weyauwega; one daughter, Dawn (Bob) Wagner, Sheboygan; eight grandchildren, Matt (Carrie) Nachtwey, Aaron (Dawn) Nachtwey, Niki (Mike) McCoy, Neil Nachtwey, Amanda Nachtwey, Rebecca (fiancé, Joe Sapp) Wagner, Ryan Wagner and Ashley Wagner; nine great-grandchildren, Natalee, McKenzie, Brookelyn Nachtwey, Kailya, Keith, Keegin Nachtwey, Tyler, Sophia McCoy, Willow Nachtwey; two sisters, Bette (Bob) Kees, Sun Lakes, AZ and Delores "Lorie" (Jack) Duffield, Grage Beach, OH and one brother, David (Diane) Nachtwey, Chilton. He is further survived by nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Bette, his sister and brother-in-law, Jean (Mike) Penning and brother-in-law, Jerry Schomisch.
Graveside services for Jerry and Bette will be held on Thursday, May 31, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Sheboygan Falls Cemetery with the Rev. Marcus Powers, Pastor of Our Savior Lutheran Church, officiating.
Zimmer's Westview Funeral and Cremation Care Center is assisting the family.
Please visit www.zimmerfuneralhome.com to send email condolences.
The leaves of fall
It was late and the leaves of the past summer began to drop to the ground. The rustle of the leaves to bring back the memories of the past.
As we grow older and reach that time in life that the rustle of the leaves begins to fade.
For the lives of our time are like the leaves of fall, to be carried away in tomorrow's winds and drift into silence forever.
The thoughts of us to live on in others until they diminish like a dream.
Written by Jerry Nachtwey
The family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for the care of their father.
Published in Sheboygan Press on May 25, 2012