Gerald (Jerry) L. Weinmann died at home peacefully Aug. 29, 2019, with his wife of 53 years by his side. He was 80.
Jerry was born Aug. 15, 1939 to John and Eileen (Peck) Weinmann of St. Paul, Minn. He was raised in St. Paul and then served in the U. S. Navy for four years before being honorably discharged.
Jerry married the love of his life, Barbara Garske, in 1965. He worked at 3M BPSI and was later transferred to western Wisconsin. They relocated, built a home in rural Amery and raised five amazing children. Jerry worked in the packaging machinery industry for over 30 years, primarily with MRM/Elgin in Menomonie, Wis.; traveling globally for some of that time.
Jerry enjoyed hunting, fishing, beekeeping, and Saturday nights at Cedar Lake Speedway. Together, he and Barb cultivated nature and enjoyed all it brought into their lives. Jerry touched many lives and found great joy in bringing people together at the Annual Weinmann Family & Friends Picnic. Jerry lived life to the fullest and was always the first to lend his hand to anyone in need. Jerry was many things: a hard worker, a storyteller (both fact and fiction…sometimes a little of both), a hunter, a fisherman, a card player and a prankster. He excelled in all of his roles: as a loving, kind, and supportive husband, a dad, a grandpa, and a friend. Jerry’s legend and his many stories will live on and bring joy, as well as tears and laughter to all who knew him. He will be greatly missed.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, John and Eileen (Peck) Weinmann; brother, John “Jack” Weinmann; sisters, Susan Weber, Janet Cummings, Elaine Kohn and his son-in-law, Allen Mielke.
He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara; children, Craig (Diane) Weinmann, Sandra Weinmann, Pamela Mielke, Linda Weinmann, and Mary Jo (Andrew) Benson. Additionally, he leaves behind, eleven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, brothers, Robert (Marilyn), Charles (Lane), sister, Victoria (Robert) Knoth, brothers-in-law Larry Kohn and Robert Cummings, sister-in-law Joetta Weinmann, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial was Sept. 6 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Osceola.
Family interment will take place at a later date.
Arrangements are by Grandstrand Funeral Home in Osceola. www.grandstrandfh.com