RICHARD A. “DICK” GERBER

Richard A. “Dick” Gerber, 87, of Plymouth, entered into eternal peace with his family by his side on May 5, 2015 at the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice after a valiant 2 year struggle with Multiple Myeloma.

He was born on December 15, 1927, the son of the late Arthur and Luetta (Gessert) Gerber.

Dick graduated from Plymouth High School in 1946 and played on the high school’s first undefeated football team. After graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army. He was sworn in at Ft. Sheridan in Illinois and then spent 8 weeks at Ft. McClellan. He shipped out to Korea where he served as military police during the Korean Conflict.

After his discharge, he furthered his education by attending UW LaCrosse and then transferred to Lakeland College in 1950 where he played on Lakeland’s first undefeated football team. Dick was an amazing athlete. He was very proud of the fact that he held the rushing record for 12 years as well as the highest punting average for 39 years at Lakeland College. He spoke of those accomplishments often.

On September 30, 1963 he married Jean Drexel at Salem UCC in Plymouth. Following their marriage, he worked in the aerial mapping business in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Philadelphia for 15 years until he decided to pursue a career in the insurance industry. He worked as an independent agent for various companies for over 30 years. He was highly regarded in the field of commercial insurance and made lifelong friends along the way.

In 1970, he moved his family from Illinois to Palmyra, WI where he served as Chief of the Police and Fire Commission and in 1983 moved back to Plymouth where he continued his career in the insurance business.

After retirement, Dick worked at Blackwolf Run Golf Course in Kohler WI for 20 years in the summer. He loved and appreciated his time there very much. Dick had the ability to strike up long conversations with anyone he met. He loved people and always had a joke to share with everyone. Anyone that knew Dick knew that he LOVED to tell jokes and make people laugh. He always carried a card in his wallet that stated his famous punch lines. Dick had a winning personality and everyone loved him. He was a loyal and dedicated friend to many and was always there for his friends, no matter what the circumstance.

Dick was also an avid Green Bay Packers fan. He never missed watching a game and is seen in many pictures wearing his most favorite shirt that said, “God loves the Packers and so do I.”

He loved the game of basketball. In fact, he played on the Tuesday night league with kids in their 40’s and 50’s, until he was 80 years old. He also loved to play golf. Although he never considered himself to be a great golfer, he really enjoyed the game and spent many days swinging the clubs with his good friends, Harold Ziegler and Dick Bournoville. 50 years ago, the “49ers Club” was established. It consisted of 6 couples. The group met annually for a day of golf for the guys and shopping and lunch for the ladies followed by dinner and drinks in the evening. He looked forward to that occasion every year and spoke fondly of the wonderful memories they made.

Dick also enjoyed his Saturday mornings with his coffee buddies, Roger Abraham, Jim Hughes, and Russell Schmidt. Many stories and jokes were exchanged and he truly treasured the time he spent with his friends.

Dick had a great love of music. He had a beautiful singing voice and could often be heard singing in the car and around the house. His favorite song to sing was The Lord’s Prayer which he sang at his oldest daughter’s wedding. He also loved the Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Dean Martin era.

On April 18, 2015 Dick participated in the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight in Washington D.C. His son Steve served as his guardian. It was a long, but beautiful day. Although it was challenging, it was an incredibly special day filled with irreplaceable memories between a father and his son.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Jean and 3 children: Pam (Jeff) Colburn of Dousman, WI, Steve (Tammy) Gerber of Howards Grove, WI and Paula (Paul) Cudworth of Glenbeulah, WI, Six beautiful grandchildren, Katelyn and Kendra Colburn, Jonah and Addisyn Gerber and Lauryn and Garett Cudworth, One sister, Carol (Ed) Freno of Bonita CA, Three nieces, Rachel Freno, Sarah Miller and Abby Kay Kogler. Three brothersin laws, Roy (Kay) Drexel of Arizona, Wayne (Linda) Drexel of Fond du Lac, Bill (Betty) Drexel of St. Cloud, WI and many other nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, Judith Schulenberg, One brotherin law, Dewey Schulenberg, and one nephew Eric Schulenberg.

Following Dick’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a memorial service will be held on Wednesday May 13, 2015 at Salem UCC in Plymouth at 6:00 P.M. Friends may call at the church on Wednesday from 3:00 P.M. until the time of service. Military rites will be conducted by the Ladewig-Zinkgraf American Legion Post # 243, in which Dick was a member for the last 18 years, immediately following the services. Inurnment will be in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established in Dick’s name. The Suchon Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Plymouth is serving the family. For online condolences, please visit www.suchonfh.com.

The family would like to express their heartfelt thanks to Dr. S. Mark Bettag and his entire stafffor their constant care and compassion, St. Nicholas Hospital and Hospice Services, Tender Hearts

And Community Care and the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice for giving Dick the dignity and love that he deserved.

“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes‚ because for those who love with their heart and soul, there is no such thing as separation.” Dad, you will forever be in our hearts. This is not goodbye. We will see you later. We love you very, very, much.


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