Gerald Stanley ?Big Jer? Van Slate
Gerald Stanley “Big Jer” Van Slate passed away at home July 10, 2013 with his wife, daughter and sister at his side.
Jerry was born April 26, 1939 to the late Stanley and Gertrude Van Slate. He married Barbara (Sauter) Van Slate on Dec. 14, 1973, and was looking forward to their 40th wedding anniversary this December.
He is survived by his sister, Marlene Henrichs, Merrill; son, Jay, LaCrosse; and daughter, Sharon “Shari” Van Slate, Tampa, FL; granddaughters, Catherine and Calli Van Slate, Merrill; and great granddaughter, Angel, Wausau; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his two sons, James “Crinky” and Jesse “Big Kal” VanSlate; his brothers, Dennis “Dede” and Jeffrey “Skins” Van Slate.
Jerry was an avid sports fan and enjoyed his Packer rec-room, never missing a Packer or Brewer game. He loved sitting on the patio, radio blaring, watching the birds and looking at the beautiful gardens Barbara planted for him. Jerry spent 42 years as a welder building bridges at Hartwig Manufacturing (now PDM) where he acquired many good and loyal friends who through the years continued their friendship bs-ing and playing poker. He was known for his open door policy, (everyone is welcome) and always offered everyone a cold Point! Many late nights going to bed and saying, “ok you guys, turn off the lights and lock the door on your way out!”
He will be deeply and sadly missed by his family and many, many friends.
Memorial service were held Sunday, July 14, at the Brainard Funeral Home, Wausau, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Legacy Bar & Grill, Wausau.
Condolences may be given at www.brainardfuneral.com.