Jerry Winter, 80
Rake, Iowa Funeral Mass for Jerry Winter was held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Buffalo Center. Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery in Blue Earth.
Jerry Winter, long time resident of Rake, Iowa, passed away Sunday, June 23 surrounded by his wife, Marlene and four children.
Jerry was born on Oct. 9, 1938 in Rake, Iowa to Bud (John) and Marian Winter. He was married to Marlene Murphy, his wife of 61 years, at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church in Guckeen. Jerry and Marlene lived in Rake, where they raised four children; Lori (Bruce) Van Gerpen, of Rake, Teresa (Kevin) Griffith, of Lehigh, Kent (Neda) Winter, of Calabasas, California and Nikki (Jed) Hunsader, of Belle Plaine.
Jerry was well known in the area and was forever grateful and awed by the over 600 get-well cards he received after a massive heart attack in 2003. For many years, Jerry was known for his high school sports, especially basketball in which he helped lead Rake High School’s (1954-55) team, then Iowa’s fourth smallest school to a sub-state clash with Iowa’s fourth largest school from Marshalltown. In later years, Jerry played fast pitch softball and refereed basketball.
Sundays became a special time for Jerry and Marlene although they didn’t always attend the same service, Marlene was a faithful Catholic, Jerry a golfer. For many years Jerry was on the courses of Elmore and Buffalo Center, where he was easily spotted with his pipe either in his mouth or resting beside his ball. In his later, years Jerry was always the first one ready as he eagerly joined Marlene and family for Mass.
In later years, he enjoyed visiting granddaughters, Anna and Leah in Germany and California and locally watching grandchildren, Chris, Jessica, and Allison compete in sports at North Iowa High School or Andrew and Benjamin in Belle Plaine. He was their biggest fan.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; his in-laws, Howard and Irene Murphy and his beloved grandson, Terry.
He is survived by his wife, Marlene; his four children; his brothers, Mark (Carol) Winter, Don (Joan) Winter; his sister, Cheri (Jerry) Kester; seven grandchildren; four great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Online condolences may be left at www.oakcresfuneralservices.com