Gerald "Jerry" L. Rhyner, age 91, of Wausau died Saturday, April 9, 2011 at the Harmony Living Center, Wausau, under the care of Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services.
He was born on May 1, 1919 in Wausau to the late Edward and Hattie (Kamke) Rhyner. He married Eleanor D. Lowenstein on March 22, 1941, at St. Paul's United Church of Christ, Wausau.
Jerry served in the 32nd Division of the U.S. Army during WWII, mainly in New Guinea and the Philippines. After returning home he worked for the Wausau Fire Department for 24 years until mandatory state retirement. He then was supervisor of security at Wausau Insurance for 10 years until his final retirement.
Jerry enjoyed numerous trips around the country with his wife and a camper trailer in Minocqua. The best and most valued time was spent with his family.
Jerry was a member of VFW Post #388 for over 65 years, member of the Retired Professional Fireman Association, and the Red Arrow Club. Jerry was also a great Green Bay Packer and Chicago Cubs fan.
Survivors include his son Thomas L. (Helen) Rhyner, Weston; daughter, Joanne (Donald) Post, Rib Falls; 6 grandchildren, Jennifer (Kevin) Zultz, Wausau, Rob Lombard, Manitowoc, Amy (Scott) Mundt, Ashland, Josh Post, La Crosse, Kim (Matt) Baumann, Hatley, and Beth (Jason) Ruether, Rothschild; and 11 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and wife.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 13, 2011 at Peace United Church of Christ, 1530 Grand Ave. Schofield. Rev. Larry Treece will officiate. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery, Wausau. Visitation will be held from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. Tuesday at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St, Wausau, and again from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church on Wednesday.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Peace UCC, Schofield, Harmony Living Center, Wausau, or aspires Comfort Care and Hospice Services, Wausau.
The family would like to thank Jerry's extended family at Harmony Living Center and Aspirus Comfort Care and Hospice Services for their loving care and support of Jerry and his family.
Dad we love you very much and are comforted knowing mom was waiting for you in heaven.
Online condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com