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Gerald "Jerry" Lee Werner

August 17, 1943 ~ June 18, 2022 (age 78)


Gerald “Jerry” Lee Werner, 78, Town of Wien died Saturday, June 18, 2022, at Aspirus Wausau Hospital.

He was born on August 17, 1943, to the late Frederick and Hertha (Hoernke) Werner. 

Jerry was a graduate of Strupp School, Edgar High School and North Central Technical College.  He was a lifelong resident of the Town of Wien.

On August 12, 1972, he married Gayle (Miessner) Werner at St. John Lutheran Church, Hwy N, Edgar.  Jerry and Gayle purchased the Werner family farm and farmed until 1999.  Jerry also bought Werner Insurance Agency from his father and proudly passed it on to his daughter upon his retirement.  Jerry enjoyed playing softball, bowling and was an avid reader.

Jerry served as Town of Wien treasurer for 17 years and was a charter member of the Fenwood Lions Club. He also ran the Fenwood softball leagues and tournaments for many years.  Jerry was the recipient of the Lion’s Birch-Sturm Award in 2013 and was named the Edgar Lions’ Citizen of the Year in 2019.

Jerry enjoyed sponsoring many bowling and softball teams where he treated the teams as family.  Many of the ball teams referred to him as Dad, and his family would come to call the teams “Jerry’s Kids”.

Jerry is survived by his wife Gayle, Town of Wien, their three daughters, Lisa (Chad) Oelke, Merrill, Lynn (Mike) Czech and Lana (Chris) Strasser, both of Edgar.  He is further survived by his grandchildren; Cassie, Ethan and Jaidyn Oelke; Valerie and Vanessa Czech; and Paige and Kaden Strasser; and all the rest of “Jerry’s Kids”.  He is further survived by one brother, John (Betty) Werner, Edgar and one sister, Susan (Kris Johnson) Werner, Madison. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Emily.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2022, at Hope Lutheran Church, 224556 State Hwy 97, Edgar.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Visitation will be held on Wednesday, June 22, from 4:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Edgar and again on Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of services at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Fenwood Lions Club or a charity of your choice. Pallbearers for the service will be “Jerry’s Kids”. Online condolences may be expressed at


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June 22, 2022

4:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home
327 N. Third Avenue
Edgar, WI 54426

Funeral Service
June 23, 2022

11:00 AM
Hope Lutheran Church
F4356 Highway 97
Edgar, WI 54426

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