Larry Gergens, 71|
Gergens of Cedarburg passed away on April 10, 2013, at the age of 71,
after a valiant fight against acute myeloid leukemia.
Larry is survived by Dee, his loving wife and dearest friend for over 50
years; sons, Jay (Colette) and Tim (Pam) Gergens; grandchildren,
Kristina Gergens, Eric Gergens, Charlie Gergens, Julia Gergens, Kyle
Birkholz and Nikki Birkholz; and brother, Loren Gergens.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Velma Gergens;
sister, Maxene Hamilton; and brother, Lee Gergens.
Larry was born Oct. 16, 1941, in Pawnee City, Neb., the son of Warren
and Velma Gergens. Larry spent his childhood years on the family farm in
Humboldt, Neb. After high school, he attended the University of
Nebraska, earning his bachelor of science degree in 1964 with a major in
accounting and business administration. While in college, he met the
love of his life, and on June 9, 1962, Larry and Dee (Sharples) were
married in Lincoln, Neb. Two sons were born to this union, Jay and Tim.
Upon graduation, Larry began a 37-year career with Kemps Dairy LLC. In
the early years, Larry held many accounting jobs. In 1977, he was named
vice president of the Eastern Division, which included Wisconsin and
Chicago. Larry and Dee chose to move to Cedarburg as a central point for
the new job. In 1987, Larry was asked to move to the Kemps corporate
offices in Minneapolis, where he served as COO the last 13 years of his
After retirement, Larry began his second career as a community
volunteer. While in Hudson, he served five years as president of the
Stonepine Homeowners Association, three years as treasurer of the Hudson
Golf Club, and was a member of the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club. In 2005,
Larry and Dee moved back to Cedarburg to be near their children and
grandchildren. Upon returning to Cedarburg, Larry became very active in
the community. He was a proud member of the Cedarburg-Grafton Rotary
Club. Larry had a passion for the Cedarburg Cultural Center, especially
their historic collection. He served on the CCC board for six years, the
last year as president.
His greatest pleasure was serving his church, Community United
Methodist. He served on several committees and was finance secretary for
four years. Most recently, he had served two years as church treasurer.
Finally, Larry never lost his passion for golf.
Thanks to Dr. Atallah and the entire staff at Froedtert Hospital, Dr.
Nand at St. Mary’s Ozaukee and Dr. Budny.
A heartfelt thank you to the Rev. Dr. David Blackmer. “PD” was a
constant source of inspiration and compassion throughout Larry’s final
A funeral service was held Monday, April 15, at 7 p.m. at Community
United Methodist Church, Cedarburg. Visitation was from 5 p.m. to 6:45
p.m. Interment was at Zur Ruhe Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Cedarburg Community United
Methodist Church to be directed to the benevolence fund are appreciated.
Mueller Funeral Home & Crematory is assisting the family. Online
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