Jerome P. "Jerry" Wiener July 1, 1942 - Mar. 10, 2014 SOUTH BEND - It is with great sadness that the family of Jerome "Jerry" Paul Wiener, age 71, announces the passing of our dear husband, father, son, brother, son-in-law, grandpa, uncle and friend on March 10, 2014 at El Camino Hospital in Mountain View, CA. He spent the last months of his life doing his favorite thing - Traveling!! He was born July 1, 1942 in Elkhart, IN the son of Jerome James Wiener and Anna K. (Lehner) Wiener. Jerry graduated from Notre Dame University with a degree in Chemistry. He began his career at Watcon, Inc. and continued for the next 40 years as a self-employed District Field Engineer and Consultant, retiring in 2002. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam conflict from 1964-1968 and finished his reserve obligation as a Lieutenant. He received citations for the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal with 4 bronze stars and the Vietnam Defense Medal. Jerry served on the Destroyer: USS Leonard F. Mason. Two newsworthy items while Jerry was on the Mason is the daring rescue of storm-stranded Vietnamese fishermen they rescued, and the Mason also picked up the Astronauts (Neil Armstrong and Dave Scott) from Gemini 8 when it made an emergency landing in the Pacific because of space system failure. Jerry served as a Historic Commissioner and was a member of the board of Southhold Restorations. He also was a member at one time of the Clement Studebaker Questers, the Northern Indiana Historic Society, and the Center for History of South Bend. His memberships also included the Indianapolis Zoo and the Chicago Art Museum. Jerry and his wife spent their retirement years traveling this gorgeous country and visited many unique parks, historic places and interesting attractions -- not to mention tasting and enjoying many delectable local foods. Jerry is survived by his wife, Sheri E. Wiener of South Bend, IN; two sons, Scott Wiener and DJ & Christina Wiener both of Traverse City, MI; three grandchildren, JD, Isla and Allison Wiener; his father, Jerome J. Wiener of Sturgis, MI; his brother, Tom Wiener of Granger, IN; his inlaws, Harold and Jo Scott of Union City, CA; and two nephews, Tom Wiener of South Bend and Phil & Dee Van Allen of Evansville, IN. Arrangements were by the Chapel of the Chimes in California and the Bachman Hebble Funeral Service in Battle Creek, MI. Graveside services with Military Honors will be Monday, March 24, 2014 at 1:30 PM at Fort Custer National Cemetery (15501 Dickman Road, Augusta, MI) with Rev. Carolyn Robinson-Fisher officiating. A reception will follow at Clara's On The River, 44 North McCamly Street in Battle Creek. Please leave a condolence or remembrance on Jerry's web page at www.bachmanhebble.com (online tributes - current services) and in the South Bend Tribune. Memorials may be made to the National Park Foundation, www.nationalparks.org or American Heart/Stroke Association, www.strokeassociation.org.
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Bachman Hebble Funeral Service
223 North Bedford Road Battle Creek, MI 49037
Published in South Bend Tribune on Mar. 20, 2014