Gerald G. "Ampa" Jaeger, 83, of 537 S. 27th St., died Sunday May 13, 2012, at Sunnyridge Health and Rehab Center surrounded by his loving family.
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born January 24, 1929, in rural Plymouth, a son of the late Harry and Elva Schlenter Jaeger. On April 8, 1949, he was united in marriage to Glendoris Wilsing and the couple made their home in Sheboygan. The couple was married for 50 years before Glendoris preceded him in death on August 4, 1999.
Gerald served his country during WWII in the U.S. Navy where he served as a Radioman 2nd class.
Mr. Jaeger attended the Bradley University School of Horology and Watchmaking where he became a certified Watchmaker. Gerald became a member of AWCI and quickly became known as one of the premier Watch and Clock repair authorities. Together with his wife Glendoris they traveled the United States giving instructional seminars. Gerald was asked by the Atmos Clock company to become one of their certified instructors which he did after a few weeks of study at their manufacturing plant in New York. He was also certified by the CMW, CMC, CNEW, FAWI and served as past president of the Wisconsin Horological Society, past president of American Watchmakers Institute and past president of the Wisconsin Jewelers Association.
Gerald spent 18 years as a clock repair instructor for MATC before retiring. Previous employment includes Imig Jewelry, Rudnick's Jewelry, and then he owned Jaeger Time Service which was the repair department for Garrison Jewelers.
Mr. Jaeger was a member of the Optimist; the Sheboygan Elk's Club, a member of Family Services Association, the American Legion, VFW Post 9156 and was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels
Gerald was a member of St. John's United Church of Christ. In his younger years he was an umpire in Sheboygan, he enjoyed reading, golfing, gardening, traveling and watching Wisconsin sports teams. He loved watching his great grandchildren, Clayton and Claire at musical performances.
Gerald is survived by his dear daughter, Cheryl Aschenbach; fond grandchildren, Kim (Jason) Michener and Todd Aschenbach; dear great-grandchildren, Clayton and Clarie Michener; loving sister, Bonnie (Bernie) Klunke and fond sisters-in-law, LaVerne Hoerig and Pauline Jaeger. He is further survived by nieces and nephews, Landis (Rosie) Hoerig, Brian (Lorrie) Hesbrich, Julie Den Boer, Jori Schmelling, Tammy Garriet, Kerrie (Brent) Goyette and Kelli (Jeff) Karau and his best friend Golden the dog. He was preceded in death by brothers and sisters, Burton Jaeger, Joan Hahn, Janet Hesbrich, John Jaeger and Bruce Hesbrich and a brother in law Roman Hoerig.
Funeral services for Gerald will be held at 6:00 p.m., Friday, May 18, 2012 at St. John's United Church of Christ, N. 13th St. & Lincoln Ave., with the Rev. William Rishel, officiating. Relatives and friends are welcome at the church on Friday from 4:00 p.m. until the time of service.
A memorial fund has been established in his name for St. John's U.C.C.
Condolences maybe emailed to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lippert-Olson Funeral Home is serving the family.
Olson Funeral Home and Cremation Service
1132 Superior Ave.
Sheboygan, WI 53081
Published in Sheboygan Press on May 16, 2012