Jerry Strunk

Jerome Melvin Strunk died on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Madison, after a brief illness.

Jerry was born on Dec. 21, 1943, in Fort Atkinson, to Harold and Virginia (Lezotte) Strunk. He grew up on the family farm on Strunk Road in Hebron.

He graduated from Fort Atkinson High School in 1961 and attended the Farm Short Course at the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1962.

Jerry worked for Schweiger Industries in Jefferson and then at Nasco in Fort Atkinson.

He was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent time in Vietnam. After completing his tour of duty, he returned to Fort Atkinson and started working for Wisconsin Electric, where he worked for 35-plus years.

Jerry married Arlene Heinzelman on Nov. 11, 1967.

Jerry enjoyed camping, playing cards, dancing, classic cars, target shooting and spending time with his family. Visits to the cabin were treasured.

He could fix anything mechanical, and often was called upon to “Jerry-Rig” a solution. He was a proud member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, and loved visiting The Highground in Neillsville.

Jerry is survived by his wife, Arlene; daughters, Jacquelyn (Curt) Koman and Jeannine Strunk; granddaughters, Julianna and Bethany Koman; and sisters, Judith Hartel and Janice Hites.

He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Julie; and sister, Joyce.

Per Jerry’s wishes, there will be no visitation or services. If you wish, donations may be made to The Highground Veterans Memorial Park, W7031 Ridge Road, Neillsville, WI 54456, to commemorate Jerry’s life and military service.

Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family.

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