Oct. 11, 1935-April 19, 2008
Jerome G. "Jerry" Wegscheid, 72, of Wadena, died Saturday, April 19, 2008, at Tri-County Hospital in Wadena.
Jerome was born to his parents, Alphonse and Theresa (Langer) Wegscheid on Oct. 11, 1935 in Bluffton, Minn. Jerry married Nellie Hendrickx on June 17, 1958 at the St. Stanislaus Catholic Church in Perham. They made their home in Wadena for the past 50 years. Jerry worked for the Wadena Dairy Products as a lab technician from 1960-69. He then went to work for Tri-County Hospital as the purchasing manager in 1969, and continued to work there until his retirement in 2002. Since 2002 he has worked part time for the Johnson Memorial Home.
Jerry was a very active member of the community. He was a member of the Wadena Elks Lodge where he served as chaplain, he was a past president of the Wadena Lions Club, served on the Wadena Fire Department for 22 years, belonged to the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Aid and was a member of the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Association board for 18 years.
Jerry received the Mike Downs Memorial award in 1984, was inducted into the Minnesota Amateur Baseball Hall of Fame in 1986, received the Cliff Birch Memorial Award in 1989, was the Elks Officer of the Year in 2002, recipient of the Helen Keller Sight Award, the Melvin Jones Award and 2000 Lion of the Year honors from the Wadena Lions Club.
Jerry was passionate about amateur baseball. He enjoyed playing golf, reading, crossword puzzles, playing cards, yard work, telling stories, brightening a co-workers day, traveling, watching the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He especially loved his time with his family, children and grandchildren.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Nelli Wegscheid; daughters Vicki (Chris) Singer of Detroit Lakes and Sally (Lyle) Wattermann of Savage; sons Tim (Dianne) of Shorewood and Scott (Courtney) of Greeley, Colo.; 15 grandchildren; brothers Marvin (Mary) Wegscheid of Bluffton, Vince (Vera) Wegscheid of Wadena and Bob (Barb) Wegscheid of Mankato; nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws; as well as his special soup maker, Marian Laust.
Preceding Jerry in death were his parents; son Greg; and a sister, Dolores.
A mass of Christian burial is scheduled for 11 a.m. Thursday, April 24 at St. Ann's Catholic Church in Wadena, with the Rev. Donald Wagner as celebrant. Burial will take place in the Calvary Cemetery. Honorary pallbearers will be Duane and MaryLou Lien, Bernie and Therese Pavek, Duane and Vonnie Moore, the Johnson Memorial Home staff, members of the
Elks Lodge, Wadena Lions Club and the Wadena Fire Department.
Active pallbearers will be members of the Minnesota State Amateur Baseball board; John Richter, Bob Zellman, Fred Roufs, Dennis Brennan, Tom Rademacher, Jim Fischer, Brian Larson, Marv Fiemeyer and Dave Hartmann.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to the St. Ann's Church Stained Glass Window Fund.
Arrangements are being provided by the Johnson Memorial Home in Wadena (johnsonmemorialhome.com).