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Gerald E. Wedin
Gerald Earl Wedin, 69, of Marinette passed away surrounded by his family on Tuesday, July 15 at Aurora BayCare Hospital in Green Bay.
Born Oct. 20, 1944, in Menominee, Mi., to Wallace and Ellen Francis (Wesley) Wedin, he graduated from Menominee High School in 1963 and briefly attended The Milwaukee School of Engineering. He was then drafted into the United States Army in 1965 and served in the Vietnam Conflict from 1966-1967. He married Grace Louise Walters, of Marinette, on Oct. 21, 1967 at St. Josephs Catholic Church in Walsh. They had three children, Brian, Kelly, and Bradley.
He worked for Ansul Corporation in Marinette as a machinist and later was Associate Industrial Engineer for 42 years, from 1967-2009. He also served in the Wisconsin Army National Guard from 1978-1984, was an active member of the VFW, Marinette Moose Lodge and Porterfield Sportsmans Club, where he served as both President and Vice President. After retirement, they moved to the country living along the Peshtigo River where he enjoyed hunting, fishing, cutting his large lawn, helping others with home projects and spending time with his family, close friends and especially his grandchildren, whom he adored.
He is survived by his wife, Grace; three children, Brian (Conni) Wedin, of Appleton, Kelly (Jim) Danielczak, of Marinette and Bradley Wedin, of Atlanta, Ga. and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wallace and Ellen Francis Wedin and an infant brother that died at birth.
The family greeted relatives and friends at Thielen Funeral Home on Sunday, July 20 from 1 p.m. until time of a funeral service at 3 p.m. Burial was in St. Josephs Cemetery in Walsh with military honors by the Military 20 Year Club. A luncheon followed at St. Josephs Church of Walsh at 4 p.m.