Feb. 2, 1937 – May 1, 2014
Jerrold J. “Jerry” Lillge was born February 2, 1937, in Ashippun, to parents Louis and Elsa (nee Metzger) Lillge, and went home to be with his Lord and Savior on May 1, 2014, at age 77.
He was the beloved husband for 57 years to Betty J. (nee Meyer); loving father of Tami (Tom) Reynolds, Teri (Ross) Lawrence and Jay Lillge; proud grandfather of Jeremy (Krista), Justin (Abby) and Julia (Luis Quintana Cruz) Reynolds, Nick (Megan), Brittany Lawrence, Stephanie (Danny Benninger) and Amber Lillge; great-grandpa of Payton and Talon Reynolds, Tyler Merkt and Devon Lawrence; and brother-in-law of Caroline Lillge, James (Deb) Meyer and Lloyd Thoma. He is further survived by nieces, nephews and many friends.
He was preceded in death by an infant granddaughter, Marie Reynolds; four sisters, Ethel, Mildred, Vera and LaVerna; four brothers, Al, Lloyd, Chet and infant brother Louis Jr.; and sisters-inlaw, Mary Ann Meyer and Elly Thoma.
Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 10, at 1 P.M. at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 615 Jones St., Watertown, with a visitation at the church from 10 A.M. until the time of service at 1 P.M.
In lieu of flowers, if desired, memorials to St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church or to the charity of one’s choice are appreciated.
Jerry belonged to the Oconomowoc Ski Club, where he was a jumper during high school. Several years after traveling the state for various competitions, he also played baseball for Oconomowoc High School.
After high school, Jerry was asked to try out for the Milwaukee Braves in 1955. His baseball career also included playing for the Sullivan Roosters for 18 years. Jerry also enjoyed playing softball in Watertown for Marine Bank and Quest Plumbing until he was 59 and enjoyed bowling in the Servicemans’ League for Timmel’s Tap, where was on the championship team. Jerry continued bowling with his son on the Super Sunday Nighter’s League. He was an avid Brewers and Packers fan and followed them closely.
Jerry also enjoyed the outdoors, hunting and fishing with his son, Jay, lifelong friends Milt and Frank Wagner and families for many years.
Jerry was a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and served as an usher for many years; a member of Wisconsin National Guard from 1955-1963; was a driver for Capt. Bill Dittmann; and for 44 years, he worked for Wolf Construction. He was involved in all aspects of the business and retired in 2003 as construction superintendent.
Jerry cared for his mother after his father passed through high school until he married Betty and moved to Watertown. Most of all, he was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He had countless friends who he cared for until he was called home to be with his Lord and Savior.
Jerry was the last living member of his immediate family.
Harder Funeral Home is serving the family. For more information, call 781-8350 or visit online at www.harderfuneralhome.com.