Gerald R Beekman
M, b. July 6, 1930, d. December 31, 2017
- Birth: Gerald R Beekman was born on July 6, 1930.
- Death: He died on December 31, 2017, at age 87.
- Note: Oconto - Colonel Gerald R. Beekman U.S. Army retired died on December 31, 2017. A resident of Oconto, son of the late John and Marie Beekman, was born on July 6, 1930. On May 24, 1952 he married LuLaine Ragen at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Oconto. They raised seven children. Being a military family they lived and attended schools all over the U.S. and five years in Europe where they received a worldly education from travel. Upon graduation from Oconto High School in 1948, Colonel Beekman enlisted in the military service which spanned 30 years. He rose in rank from Private to Colonel. His military duties alternated between Infantry and Aviation. After basic training he completed Airborne jump school and was assigned to the 82d Airborne Division. He served in the Korean War in 1950, as an infantry rifle squad leader with the famed 27th Infantry Regiment (Wolfhounds) where he was awarded the coveted Combat Infantry Badge. Colonel Beekman completed Army flight school in 1954, and was designated an Army Aviator qualified in both fixed wing aircraft and helicopters. In 1966, he served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division. In 1971, he served again in Vietnam as a battalion commander with the 101st Airborne Division. His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and seven Air Medals. He has also been awarded several Meritorious Service medals. Colonel Beekman graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1962 through a military program called "bootstrap" and an additional Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1965. His last military assignments were on the Department of the Army staff at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. where he was involved in a major project of creating a separate Army Aviation Branch in the Army. He then served as the Senior Army Advisor to the Wisconsin Army National Guard. After retirement, Colonel Beekman established the Oconto Aviation Service which was a flying school where he personally trained pilots for their pilot's license. He served nearly 40 years on the Oconto City Council, chairman of the Police and Fire Commission, chairman of the Oconto Airport Commission and served on the Oconto County Board of Supervisors where he was chairman of the Law Enforcement and Personnel and Wages Committees for many years. He was a member of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans and Knights of Columbus.
Colonel Beekman is survived by his loving wife of 65 years; seven children and their families; Debra (Walt) Tegge, Steven (Lu) Beekman, Gaile (Steve) Stranz, Robert (Cheri) Beekman, Leonard Beekman, Gary Beekman (Wendy), and Kenneth (Lisa) Beekman: thirteen grandchildren; Jason, Andy (Mandy) Tegge, Erin Lebron, Tracy Beekman, Jake, Will & Krissi Stranz, Kady (John) Martin, Abbie, Sammie, & Chris Beekman, Lindsey (Victor) Kuehl, Sara Beekman: great-grandchildren; Tony, Kyle, Jaxson, Ava, Jaedyn and Eleanor. Three brothers, four sisters and parents predeceased him.
The family will receive relatives and friends at the Gallagher Funeral Home, Oconto, from 4 to 8 PM Thursday, January 4, 2018. Visitation will continue from 9 to 11 AM Friday, January 5 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church. Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated 11 AM Friday at the church with the Rev. Bob Karuhn officiating. Burial will be at the Oconto Catholic Cemetery with Military Rites by all Oconto Veteran organizations. Online condolences may be expressed at www.gallagherfuneralhome.net.
The family would like to thank Dr. Thomas Smith, Nurse Jean & the staff at DaVita dialysis center for their guidance and care over the past two years and Heartland Hospice for their kindness and compassion during this difficult time. Also the pastoral care from Holy Trinity Church.
Published in Green Bay Press-Gazette from Jan. 2 to Jan. 10, 2018.
Mary E Schneider
F, b. March 20, 1924, d. December 31, 2017
- Birth: Mary E Schneider was born on March 20, 1924 in Wrightstown, Brown Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: She died on December 31, 2017, at age 93.
M, b. December 22, 1838
- Birth: Johannes VandenElzen was born on December 22, 1838 in Nistelrode, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
M, b. January 27, 1851
- Birth: Petrus VandenElzen was born on January 27, 1851 in Nistelrode, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
- Immigration: He immigrated to Leila in 1851.
M, b. November 1, 1849
- Birth: Johannis VandenElzen was born on November 1, 1849 in Nistelrode, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
- Immigration: He immigrated to Leila in 1851.
M, b. circa 1805
- Birth: Jacobus Nooijen was born circa 1805 in St Antonius, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
F, b. January 17, 1823, d. November 22, 1882
- Birth: Gertrudis Bies was born on January 17, 1823 in Sambeek, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
- Marriage: She and Franciscus Jans Rat were married on May 17, 1851 in Oploo, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
- Death: Gertrudis Bies died on November 22, 1882, at age 59, in Boxmeer, Noord Brabant, Netherlands.
Erich D Delzer
M, b. September 2, 1973, d. January 7, 1974
- Birth: Erich D Delzer was born on September 2, 1973.
- Death: He died on January 7, 1974, at age 0.
M, b. July 27, 1943, d. December 23, 2017
- Birth: Gerald Gerdin was born on July 27, 1943 in Appleton, Outagamie Co, Wisconsin.
- Death: He died on December 23, 2017, at age 74, in King, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
- Burial: He was buried in Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, King, Waupaca Co, Wisconsin.
- Note: Appleton - Of Appleton, age 74, passed away on Saturday, December 23, 2017 at the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King. He was born in Appleton on July 27, 1943 to the late Stephen and Margaret (Heinemann) Gerdin. Jerry was a proud veteran of the Army, serving with the 82nd Airborne, with 25 jumps. He worked for over 20 years for Kimberly Clark and had worked at Appleton Wire Works and Copps Grocery Store. Jerry was an avid fisherman and enjoyed bowling and playing cards, especially cribbage.
He will be sadly missed by his children: Jeff (Jan) Gerdin, Jillian (Jim) Berg, Jodi (Pete) Strenn, Jennifer (Michael) Kitten, sisters: Rosemarie Lemmens and Judy Hartzheim, 9 grandchildren, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, David.
A memorial gathering will be held from 1 until 5 p.m. Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Sacred Heart Parish, 222 E. Fremont St., Appleton, WI. Military honors will be held in the spring at the chapel at the Wisconsin Veterans Home. Burial will be in the Central Wisconsin Veterans Cemetery in King. Memorials are appreciated to the Wisconsin Veterans Home in King.
We, the family of Jerry, extend a very special thank you to all of the nurses and staff at the Veterans Home for the wonderful care given to our dad, as well as us, especially in the days leading up to his passing. Special thanks to nurse Edna for her friendship and always putting a smile on dad's face.