Gerald E. Walker, 79

Gerald E. 'Jerry" WalkerGerald “Jerry” E. Walker, age 79, of Cedarburg, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015, following complications from an auto-immune disease.

Jerry was born in Milwaukee on June 15, 1936, son of Floyd E. Walker and Violet Collins Walker. In 1949 the Walkers purchased the Green Lake Hotel and relocated to Green Lake.

Jerry graduated from Green Lake High School in 1955 and joined the U.S. Navy. He was honorably discharged in 1959 after three Mediterranean tours on the USS Randolph as a Radioman First Class.

He and Nina Gordon were married on Dec. 19, 1959, at Our Lady of the Lake Church in Green Lake. They moved to Waukesha where Jerry was employed at Aqua-Chem and attended Marquette University.

In 1972, Jerry moved his family to Cedarburg to become director of purchases for Orion Corporation in Grafton. He retired after 30 years in that position.

Jerry was proud to be a member of the Peter Wollner American Legion Post 288 in Cedarburg, serving as commander in 2010. He was scoutmaster for Cedarburg Troop 830 BSA, a member of Cedarburg Lions Club, and served as an Ozaukee County supervisor since 2000.

He loved playing sheepshead, woodcarving, cooking, gardening (2015 Mayor’s Award), going to movies, volunteering and cheering for the Green Bay Packers.

Jerry is survived by his dear wife, Nina, of Cedarburg, and his sons, Matthew Walker of Waukesha, Philip (Jill) Walker and granddaughter Emma Ruth of Loudon, Tenn. and Edmund (Kristin Lenaburg) Walker of St. Paul, Minn. He is further survived by cousin-in-law Terry Mitter and extended Mitter family, many Walker relatives and many great friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, his baby sister Betty, in-laws Samuel and Beatrice Gordon and dear aunt and uncle Dolores and Edward Topolewski.

A private family service with military honors took place on Friday Nov. 20, 2015, at Dartford Cemetery in Green Lake. The family requests tributes honoring Jerry be postponed until a celebration of Jerry’s life takes place in early 2016 in Cedarburg.

The Eernisse Funeral Home, Cedarburg is honored to serve the family. Online condolences may be left at www.eernissefuneralhome.com.