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1935 - 2013 Obituary Condolences
Gerald Yetter Obituary
Yetter, Gerald

Gerald "Jerry" Yetter, age 77, of Park Falls, passed away surrounded by family on Sunday, November 3rd, 2013, due to complications from a recent stroke. Jerry was born in Stevens Point on December 1st, 1935 to Harold & Julia (Kijowski Bachinski) Yetter. After graduating in 1953 from P.J. Jacobs High School, Stevens Point, Jerry served his country as a US Marine, returning home in 1957 to attend UW-Stevens Point under the GI Bill. He graduated in 1961 with a B.S. degree, majoring in Biology with a minor in English. Jerry and his first wife, Becky, started their family of three children while Jerry was in college, and following graduation moved to Neenah where he was a biology teacher and wrestling coach for Shattuck High School. He later worked for Bergstrom Paper Company, Neenah, in the Sales Department as a trouble-shooter, analyzing paper/machinery problems. He retired from his paper career at Flambeau Paper Company, Park Falls, in 1991. Jerry married Gail Siedlecki on November 22nd, 1981. They and their son, Andrew, later moved to Springstead, where they enjoyed living on French Lake. When Gail retired as a kindergarten teacher from Park Falls Elementary School, they began their search for a warmer place to retire. They settled on Largo, Florida where they spent their winters.

As a youth, Jerry enjoyed diving and ski jumping. As an adult, he was an avid golfer. He shared this passion with family, friends and also the Park Falls Country Club Junior Golf Program as an instructor. During his high school teaching years, he became active in Riverside Players, at the direction of the late Ken Anderson. His favorite role was playing Oscar in "The Odd Couple." He cherished his time as Director of "Camp 5" at Onaway Island, Waupaca.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Gail; children: Lisa (Bob) Ulrich, Grant Yetter, Tracy (Vince) Jester, Andrew (Mary) Yetter; grandchildren: Brooke Ulrich & Jack Jester; brothers and sisters: Fred (Dee) Bachinski, Henrietta Friday, Carolyn Glodowski, John (Rosanne) Yetter; as well as Gail's surviving family, and other relatives.

He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Hank Yetter, brother-in-law Ernest Glodowski and brother-in-law Joseph Friday.

Jerry loved life and his family. His story telling, quick wit and sentimental side will be missed dearly, yet with us forever.

The family will celebrate his life together in a private gathering. Thank you to friends & family for all the love and support you have given our family.

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Published in Stevens Point Journal on Nov. 7, 2013
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