Of Brookfield, longtime resident of Elm Grove, entered into Eternal Life on Friday, June 29, 2018 at the age of 91. Loving husband of Dorothy (formerly Guldan). Beloved father of Mary Therese (Robert) Breger, Elizabeth Ahne (Cis Spaller), John Ahne, Kathryn (Charles) Pratt, Margaret (Douglas) Herlitzka and James (Mary) Ahne. Dear grandfather of Andrea (Jon) Davis; Rachel, Andrew and Christopher Breger; Nicholas, Madeline and Austin Herlitzka; and Elizabeth, Will, Jack and Luke Ahne. Great-grandfather of Sebastian, Felicity and Charlotte Davis. Cherished stepfather/father-in-law, grandfather and great-grandfather of the Guldan family. Predeceased by his parents, Albert and Johanna Ahne, wife Madeline (nee Driscoll), his siblings and in-laws. Survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Jerry was born and raised in Scranton, Arkansas. He worked on his family farm as a boy and was always grateful for his opportunity to attend Subiaco Academy. After graduating from Subiaco at age 17, he qualified for the Army Specialized Reserve Program (ASRP). Through the ASRP, he was able to attend Texas A&M until his 18th birthday, when he was called to active duty. He trained in the Combat Engineering Battalion at Ft. Lewis, Washington, and was there when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan. Jerry was sent to Korea for a year following WWII, as part of the United States’ effort to assist the country after the Japanese occupation.
Jerry went on to study Agricultural Engineering at the University of Arkansas. Upon completing his Bachelor of Science degree in 1951, he moved to Milwaukee to work for Allis Chalmers – a natural fit with his love of machinery and farming. He was called back to active duty to serve as a First Lieutenant within the Army’s Signal Corps during the Korean War. Upon completion of his tour, Jerry obtained a Master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering from Penn State. He then returned to Milwaukee to continue working at Allis Chalmers for over 30 years, serving multiple roles there. During this period, Jerry obtained a patent in tractor design, and also taught courses in Engineering at the Milwaukee Area Technical College. He eventually finished his career at Rexworks in Milwaukee.
Jerry’s true passion, however, was his family. He met his first wife, Madeline Driscoll, shortly before enrolling at Penn State. They were married in 1957. The first five and a half years of their marriage were marked by the birth of five children; Jim arrived five years later. Jerry’s dedication and devotion as a husband and father, and eventually grandfather and great-grandfather, was unwavering. A few years after Madeline’s death in 1989, Jerry met Dorothy Guldan. They married in 1996. Jerry and Dorothy’s mutual love and admiration has been a source of inspiration to us all for the past 22 years.
Jerry’s profound Catholic faith guided him throughout his life. He was truly a “good and faithful servant”.
A visitation will be held on Friday, July 6th at Becker Ritter Funeral Home from 4:00PM until the 7:00PM vigil service. Time of Remembering to follow the vigil. A second visitation will be held on Saturday, July 7th at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 1755 N. Calhoun Road, Brookfield, from 9:30AM until 10:45AM, with the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00AM. Committal services at St. Mary’s Visitation cemetery will immediately follow. Jerome’s family extends their heartfelt thanks for the kind, compassionate care he received at Elmbrook and Columbia St. Mary’s Hospitals. In lieu of flowers, donations to Subiaco Academy, Pius XI High School or Marquette University High School are appreciated.