Friday, November 25, 2022

Obituary - Jerry Gene Wiedenmann

Jerry Gene Wiedenmann, 88, of Garden City, MO died peacefully November 22, 2022 at his home in Garden City, surrounded by his family. He was born January 29, 1934 in Kansas City, MO, a son of Robert Stockton Wiedemann & Patsy Ruth Wiedenmann. 

Jerry grew up in the Westport area of Kansas City. His ancestors have deep roots in the Old Town Westport where they lived for generations. Jerry was united in marriage to Ruth Alice Wynne, September 21, 1957 at Guardian Angels Catholic Church in Kansas City. 

Ruth and Jerry lived in Kansas City before moving to Garden City 50 years ago. Jerry was a faithful member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Harrisonville, MO. He made his living as a heavy equipment operator and retired as a member of Operators Local 101. After he retired Jerry & Ruth traveled far and wide and he never met a slot machine that he didn’t like.

He was preceded in death by his wife, his parents, his brothers Bob & JC and sisters Sally Taylor & Judy Martley, his grandson Patrick Wiedenmann and his great grandson Kyler Kelso. He is survived by his children and their families:

Jerry Jr. (Susan), their son, Christopher (Marie) and their daughters, Charlotte and Josephine

Diana Wiedenmann

Laurie (Curtis) Norris, their children, Jason (Nicole)and their children Kobe and Kayleigh Belle; Dana (Jason)Pieratt, their children, Jakob Norris, Justin and Jonathan; April (Brian) Minshall, their daughter, Reaghan McCarthy and Hayden Minshall

Jim (Kim), their children, Lance (Alyse) their children Layson and Raelyn, Mitchell (Heather) their children, Dean and Ada, and Valerie (Ron) Willey and their children, Avery and Hudson

John (Jane), their children, Krystal (Damon)Owen, their daughters, Khloee and Ellie; Kaleb and his son, Eli

Nancy (Jamie) Brown, her children, Kyle (Ashley) Kelso, their children, Kinna and Kolton, Kody (DaMeika) Kelso and their children Cheslynn and Shaelynn, Natalie Kelso, her children, Kyndall, Karleigh, Kaitlyn and Kaysen Rudder; Macy Aurand, her children, Cassidy, Kynlee and Bryson

Jeffrey (Michelle), their children, Dustin (Rylee) and their son, Beau; and Jennifer

He also leaves behind family words of wisdom and rules that all of the sons and daughters can remember well:

“Shut the door behind you and turn those lights off”

“No long showers or I will turn the water off” and he did.

School shopping was: 3 pants, 3 shorts, 3 underwear, 3 socks and definitely no Levi jeans until we could pay for them ourselves.

Dad led our family by example; on time never late, never complain or give up, work harder and longer than others, earn everything and give back, be grateful and thank God, love life and laugh a lot.

A memorial service will be planned in the future.

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