Walraven, Gerald "Jerry"
Gerald "Jerry" Walraven, 86, Green Bay, died Tuesday, August 26, 2014, after an extended illness. He was born August 24, 1928, in Kenosha to Peter and Irene (Olin) Walraven. Jerry graduated from Lyons Township High School and Junior College, and from UW-Madison with a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering. From 1954-1956, he served his country as a Specialist 2nd Class with the U.S. Army. On May 24, 1958, Jerry married Betty Mae Vanden Branden at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Jerry worked for Forest Products Lab for a short time before beginning a 39 year career with Green Bay Packaging, retiring as Technical Director in 1990. He was instrumental in transforming the company from an open-water system to a closed-water system. The environmentally friendly system greatly reduced pollution into the Fox River. Jerry was a member of TAPPI and ISA during his employment. He continued to work as a consultant in the industry after his retirement.
Jerry enjoyed bowling, gardening, fishing and photography in his free time. As Packer season ticket holder for over 58 years, from City Stadium to Lambeau Field, he enjoyed attending games with his son, Peter.
Survivors include his wife, Betty, Green Bay; a daughter and son-in-law, Jane and Mark Mawer, Cedarburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Peter and Lisa Walraven, De Pere; three grandchildren, Gregory (Teague), Emily, and Scott Mawer; a brother, Robert Walraven, Wausau; two sisters-in-law, Jean Vanden Branden, Neenah; Ginny Vanden Branden, Green Bay; nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Peter and Irene Walraven; a sister-in-law, June Walraven; three brothers-in-law, Donald, Robert (Rose Mary), and Richard Vanden Branden; and his faithful canine companion, Maggie.
Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Bernard Catholic Church, 2040 Hillside Lane. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church with Rev. Mark Vander Steeg officiating. Burial will be in Nicolet Memorial Gardens. Proko-Wall Funeral Home is assisting the family. To send on-line condolences, visit www.prokowall.com.
A memorial fund has been established for the Bay Area Humane Society.
Proko Wall Funeral Home
1630 East Mason Street
Green Bay, WI 54302
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Aug. 27 to Aug. 28, 2014