Gerald L. “Jerry” Wichert
March 24, 1939 – January 22, 2020
Jerry was born on March 24, 1939 in Omaha, Nebr., the son of Leo and Melodia Wichert. He was baptized at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Omaha and attended St. Joseph and Our Lady of Lourdes Elementary Schools. He graduated from St. Joseph High School in 1957.
He was the oldest of five children. He was very close to his mother and father. As a small boy, his father would take Jerry out to the local bar with him and people would enjoy listening to Jerry sing his rendition of Roll Out the Barrel. As an older brother, he was in-charge of carrying his brother Jack’s accordion to music lessons. He was a fierce protector of his little sisters and is known as their guardian angel.
As a young man, he helped with his uncle’s vegetable farm and produce stand in Carter Lake, Iowa. As a teen, he worked at the Hilltop House restaurant on Dodge Street.
Jerry was a member of the Army Reserves for six years. In 1962, he married Andrea Huss, purchased their current home and joined Holy Cross Catholic Church. They were blessed with two children, Susan and Julie.
He worked for Continental Can Company as a young family man. He continued in his field with three other companies. He retired from RMF Steel in 2005 as a sales engineer having traveled to places like Australia, Alaska, Belgium, London, Germany, Ireland, and all over the U.S. He was always most happy being home with his family.
Jerry enjoyed family vacations to Estes Park, Colorado where he would cook eggs and bacon in the mountains for his family. Jerry and Andrea did a lot of vacationing in Branson, Missouri and enjoyed many memorable trips to the east and west coast, Hawaii and Canada. He would go ice skating with his daughters and niece Michele at Ak-Sar-Ben every weekend. He was a very involved Grandpa to Tyler and Katie taking them sledding and other outdoor activities. Jerry enjoyed Husker football, riding his BSA motorcycle in his younger years and sharing an interest in mechanics with his brother Leo. His favorite holiday was Christmas — he would set up his childhood Lionel train set under the tree. He was very mechanical…He could read blueprints and fix anything. Jerry enjoyed music, especially Elvis.
Jerry’s easy going demeaner, willingness to help anyone and sweetness will be missed.
He is survived by his devoted wife Andrea; loving daughters, Susan Hopping (Mark) and Julie Wichert all of Council Bluffs, Iowa; two grandchildren Tyler and Katie Hopping; brothers, Jack (Lexie) and Leo (Barb); sisters, Marilyn Selk (Leo) and Mo Phelps; sister-in-law, Liz Weber (Don); and many nieces and nephews.
Family will receive friends Monday, January 27th from 5pm to 7pm, at the West Center Chapel followed by a VIGIL SERVICE at 7pm. MASS OF CHRISTIAN BURIAL: Tuesday, January 28th, 11am, Holy Cross Catholic Church (4810 Woolworth Ave.) ENTOMBMENT: Calvary Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to Holy Cross Catholic Church or the Alzheimer’s Association.