Gerald "Jerry" Lemke, 68, of Rib Mountain passed away Sunday, February 2, 2014 at Mount View Care Center in Wausau.
He was born December 14, 1945 in New London to the late Louis and Lucille (Prellwitz) Lemke, and graduated in 1964 from Shawano High School. Jerry was a veteran
of the Vietnam War
serving in the U.S. Air Force
. On August 11, 1984, Jerry married Shirley Cook at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Wausau. They made their home in Rib Mountain with Jerry working as an assembler for Greenheck Fan. He retired in 2011 after 27 years with the company.
Jerry will be remembered for his dedication to family, steadfast work ethic, and sense of humor. For as long as he was able, he loved to hunt and fish, especially for walleye and panfish on Lac Vieux Desert. He doted on family pets and rooted for the Brewers, Badgers, and Packers.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Shirley, of Rib Mountain; daughter, Heather, of Milwaukee; brother, LeRoy (Betty) Lemke, of Ocala, FL; and brother-in-law, Bill Druckrey, of Oshkosh. He was preceded in death by his sister, Carol Druckrey, and his brother and sister-in-law, Donald and Eileen Lemke.
Funeral services will be 6:00 p.m., Thursday, February 6, 2014 at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, 6205 Alderson St., Schofield with full military honors to follow. Reverend Raymond Connor will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Thursday from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service. A guest book is also available at helke.com
The family wishes to thank Dr. Harish Ahuja and staff at the cancer center, Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Service, and the staff at Mount View Care Center for the care they gave Jerry; and their neighbor, John, for his visits and assistance.
Memorials may be directed to Aspirus Regional Cancer Center, 215 N. 28th Ave., Wausau, 54401.