Jerry Tempel, 69
Waterloo, Iowa Jerry Tempel, age 69, died suddenly on Sept. 6, 2020. He was born Jan. 15, 1951, son of Robert and Camillis Tempel, of Winnebago. He graduated from Winnebago High School in 1969 and Jerry received his Bachelor’s degree at St. John’s University in Collegeville. He graduated from Southern College of Optometry, Memphis, Tennessee in 1978. On Aug. 16, 1975, Jerry was united in marriage to Sandy Luepke, in Arlington. Jerry practiced optometry in Rockwell City, Waterloo, Waverly, Cedar Rapids, Mason City, and Clinton.
He is survived by his wife, Sandy; daughters, Kim (Darin) Wagner, of Wheaton, Illinois, Katie (Ed) Moriarty, of Denver, Colorado; and son, Kevin Tempel, of Fort Collins, Colorado. He is also survived by grandsons, Eli and Ryan Wagner, and granddaughter, Elle Moriarty.
Jerry was an avid bicyclist. He averaged 6,000 to 8,000 miles each year and he especially loved cycling with his family. His motto was “race the rain, ride the wind, chase the sunset, only a biker understands.” Jerry loved spending time in nature, hiking, woodworking, and spending time at his cabin. He loved sports, traveling, and caring for his patients.
Jerry is survived by his brothers, Joe (Kay) Tempel, of Blue Earth, Larry (Liz) Tempel, of Savage, Tom (Nancy) Tempel, of Minneapolis, and Jerry Blee, of Lake City, sister-in-law, Diane Sinell, of St. Cloud, and Gary (Margaret Wagner) Luepke, of Arlington. He is preceded in death by sister, Mary Beth Blee, of Lake City; and parents Robert and Camillis Tempel, of Winnebago.
In lieu of flowers or gifts, Jerry would have greatly appreciated making a one-time (or recurring) donation to the Cedar Valley Lakes Trail in George Wyth State Park. This is where he spent a lifetime of memories and his last moments on Earth. You can do this by visiting www.cedartrailspartnership.org/join-donate and choosing the aforementioned donation option. If you’d rather mail a check, payment can be made to Cedar Trails Partnership and addressed to:
Cedar Trails Partnership
6510 Hudson Rd.
Cedar Falls, IA 50613
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A public visitation was held Friday, Sept. 11, at Hagarty-Waychoff-Grarup Funeral Service. Condolences may be left at www.hagartywaychoffgrarup.com.