Gerald “Jerry” Reetz, age 85, of rural Clintonville passed away on Sunday, March 27, 2016 at his home.
Gerald Wilbur Reetz was born on December 10, 1930 at home in the Town of Matteson, Waupaca County, to Otto and Anna (Sievers) Reetz. After graduating from Clintonville High School he continued dairy farming on the family homestead. Jerry was a member of St. Martin Lutheran Church, Clintonville, and he was proud to be a lifelong resident of the Town of Matteson. After many years of farming, he kept the farm in the family after his retirement by passing it to his nephew, Scott. Jerry owned a number of motorcycles and cars over the years, but he especially enjoyed his Impala SS Convertible, and several Indian and Harley-Davidson motorcycles. In the beginning, Jerry was a faithful Farmall Tractor guy and in his later years became a John Deere fan. He was always a man of his word and believed that if you say you’ll do something . . . then you do it. Jerry loved taking care of his animals, working his land, building the best farm in the township, and spending time with family and friends.
Survivors include five nephews and one niece, David Brantmeier of Menasha, Shirley Olson of Menasha, Duane (Mary Beth) Reetz of Clintonville, William (Janice) Brantmeier of Menasha, Scott Reetz of Clintonville, and Michael (Julie) Brantmeier of Pennsylvania. There are many great- nieces and nephews, and several great-great- nieces and nephews. There are two brothers-in-law, Ervin (Margaret) Remling Jr. of Clintonville and Ronald (Jan) Remling of Sheboygan. Jerry is further survived by numerous other relatives and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Mildred (Rueben) Brantmeier, and a brother, Walter (Willowdean) Reetz.
Funeral Service will be held on Friday, April 1st at 12:00 noon at St. Martin Lutheran Church, Clintonville. Rev. Christian Burg will officiate and burial will be at Graceland Cemetery, Clintonville. Friends may call on Thursday from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. at the Beil-Didier Funeral Home, Clintonville, and on Friday from 11:00 a.m. until time of service at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Martin Lutheran Church or School.