John E. Gerner, 86
E. Gerner, 86, of West Bend passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Oct. 2,
He was born on June 4, 1925 in West Bend, the only child of Walter
and Rose (nee Kieckhafer) Gerner. John graduated from West Bend High
School in the class of 1943. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was
stationed in the South Pacific during World War II. Following his return
from the war, he attended Carroll College. On June 21, 1947, he was united
in marriage to Carol Yahr.
John joined the family business (Bend Industries) and played a key role
throughout his 39-year career in the growth and success of the
In his earlier years, he was an avid snow skier, water skier and tennis
player. More recently his interests were focused on his woodworking. John
was always eager to get involved and lend a helping hand at any time. He
loved spending time with his family and friends. John was active at St.
Johnís Church and School, Kiwanis, and volunteered with Bethesda and the
Full Shelf Food Pantry. He led by example and will forever be remembered
for his strong work ethic, generosity, humility and his ability to have
a good time with any group. John was
well respected, loved and viewed as a role model by his children.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Carol Gerner of West Bend; five
children, John (Karen) Gerner, Doug (Diane) Gerner, Mike (Claudia) Gerner,
Jean (Dan) Daley, and Terry (Liz) Gerner; 14 grandchildren and four
great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law, Fred (Mary Ann) Yahr, Allen
(Audrey) Yahr, and Tom (Lora) Yahr; other relatives and friends.
Funeral services in remembrance of John will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6
at 11:30 a.m. at St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church, 809 S. 6th Ave., West
Bend. Visitation will be Wednesday, Oct. 5 from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the
MyrhumĖPatten Funeral Home, 1315 W. Washington
St., West Bend and again on Thursday at the church from 10 a.m. until the
time of the service. A lunch reception will follow the service. Entombment
will follow in Washington County Memorial Park.
Memorials in Johnís name to St. Johnís Ev. Lutheran Church or School
are appreciated by the family.
Online guest book and condolences may be found at www.myrhumpatten.com.