Jerome J. “Jerry” Steltenpohl, age 66, of Plymouth, Wis., passed away unexpectedly at his home Wednesday afternoon, May 8, 2013.

He was born Oct. 17, 1946 in Rockford, Ill., a son of Christie Meitner Steltenpohl and the late Alvin Steltenpohl.

Jerry graduated from P.J. Jacobs High School in Stevens Point and placed first place in the Trombone Competition at the state level in 1964. He attended University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with a Bachelor of Science degree.

On June 5, 1971, he married Linda Karch at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Grafton. The couple resided in Stevens Point for a short time, in Greenbush for four years before moving to Plymouth in 1976.

He worked at Gilson Brothers for several years and then at Borden’s Foods (which is now Dairy Farmers of America) for 28 years.

Jerry was a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth.

He enjoyed his entire family, the companionship of all his grandchildren, was proud of his sons and was a loving husband to Linda. His passion was the Green Bay Packers and loved watching his boys’ sporting events, camping trips and especially the handicap cabin at Kohler-Andrae State Park, loved polkas, Lawrence Welk, playing sheepshead and always listened to the Christian TV Station and the Bible.

My Jerome was a very selfless person, putting others before himself. God used him to do His work by instilling his love and wisdom to his family.

Survivors include his wife of 41 years, Linda of Plymouth; three sons: Kevin (Joy) of Grafton, Eric (Natalie) of Plymouth and Michael (Jennifer) Steltenpohl of Two Rivers; six grandchildren: Kayla, Shawn, Noah, Peyton, Autumn and Will; his loving mother, Christie Steltenpohl of Stevens Point; three brothers: John (Josie) Steltenpohl of Chippewa Falls, David (LeAnn) Steltenpohl of Plover and Darrell Steltenpohl (companion, Mary) of Sandusky, Ohio; and also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, Alvin; one infant sister, Theresa; father- and mother-in-law, Walter and Gertrude Karch; and one sister-in-law, Cynthia Knauer.

Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon, May 12, at St. John Lutheran Church in Plymouth. Pastor Nathan Meador and Pastor Thomas Burton co-officiated. Burial took place in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

A memorial fund is being established in Jerry’s name.

The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving his family. For online condolences, please visit

“Praise the Lord, I Am Home”

The family would like to send a heartfelt thank you to Prevea Health Clinic (especially Dr. Karachi and nurse Laurie), St. Nicholas Home Health Nurses, all our neighbors, family, friends and Pastors for all your care, compassion and love given to Jerry.

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