Jerry Willard Eales

April 20, 1940 - Oct. 4, 2006

Jerry W. Eales of the town of Erin passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2006, at his residence. He was 66.

He was born April 20, 1940, in Waukesha, to Willard and Mildred (nee Garrow) Eales. He married Marion Dettman on June 20, 1960, at St. Matthias Episcopal Church in Waukesha.

Jerry was a creative and loving person who was always generous with his skills and knowledge. He loved music and singing. His lifelong curiosity led him to pursue interests in woodworking, bread baking, aviation, sailing, studying banjo, building musical instruments and photography.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Marion; his four children, Christi (Robert) Ehler of Oconomowoc, Bonnie (David) Jensen of Waukesha, Sally Barnes of Pewaukee and Daniel (Holly) Eales of Mukwonago; 11 grandchildren, Anna and Kari Ehler, Jena, Abby, Joel and Isaac Hopper, Colin, Julia and Samuel Barnes and Tyler and Cassidy Eales; one sister, Janice (Verel) Leair of Waukesha; one brother-in-law, Donald (Laura) Dettman of Missouri. Jerry is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Willard and Mildred.

Visitation will be held from from noon until the 2 p.m. funeral service Saturday, Oct. 7, at First United Methodist Church, 738 W. Monroe St., Hartford, with the Rev. Brian Kundinger officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the First United Methodist Church of Hartford or the Vitas Hospice Charitable Fund are appreciated.

Shimon Funeral Home is assisting the family. For more information, call 673-9500 or visit