Robert (Jerry) Griesmer
Aug. 23, 1934 — Nov. 29, 2014
Robert (Jerry) Griesmer passed away on Saturday, November 29, 2014, at Waukesha Memorial Hospital after a short illness. Jerry was born on August 23, 1934, the son of William and Aldean Griesmer.
Jerry was the loving husband of Yvonne, having been married on June 2, 1956. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1954 to 1957, Jerry worked for the city of Waukesha Fire Department for a year and a half. He went on to drive a dump truck for Hribar Trucking Company, retiring from there in 1999, after 40 years of service. In 1999, Jerry was the recipient of the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Professional Driver of the Month Award for September 1999. In addition, he proudly accepted the Wisconsin Motor Carriers Professional Driver of the Year Award for outstanding service in 1999, receiving a congratulatory plaque from Gov. Tommy Thompson at an awards ceremony at the Concourse Hotel in Madison. In the over one million miles that he drove in his career, he never had a chargeable accident.
He enjoyed watching NASCAR races, collecting John Deere replica tractors, playing Bingo with his three granddaughters and watching his twin granddaughters show dairy cows for 4-H.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Yvonne (nee Mattiacci), and his daughters, Teri (Michael) Quick of the Town of Ottawa and Lori (Lee) Houk of the Town of Merton. He was a wonderful grandpa to his granddaughters Ashley (David) Hokenson, and Allison and Bryn Quick. He is also survived by his step-grandchildren, Lane (Shannon) Houk of Florida and Erin (Rick) Rachwal of Pewaukee; and step-great-grandchildren, Luke and Shaun Houk, and Logan and Caden Rachwal. Additionally, he is survived by his sister, Kathy Staudt of Oconomowoc, and numerous other family members.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Betty Mamerow; and his brother, Eugene Griesmer.
A private service will be held on Saturday, December 6, at St. Joseph’s Cemetery Chapel.
The Griesmer family would like to thank Jerry’s numerous doctors and the many dedicated caregivers at Waukesha Memorial Hospital and Lake Country Rehabilitation Center for their kind and compassionate care.
In respect of his love for children, memorials in Jerry’s honor to the Ronald McDonald House or the Make-A-Wish Foundation are appreciated.
Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home, Cremation and Pre-Planning Services is serving the family. For further information, please call 262-542-6609, or for directions, an online obituary, or to leave a condolence, please visit www.WaukeshasFuneralHome.com.