Gerald F. Wisthoff
December 11, 1929 – June 1, 2014
Gerald F. Wisthoff, 84, of Harlingen, TX passed away June 1, 2014. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 p.m., Friday, June 6th, with a Rosary at 6:00 p.m and a Masonic Service at 6:30 p.m. at Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., KCK. Graveside services will be 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 7th at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 10580 Barkley St, Suite 400, Overland Park, Kansas 66212. Gerald was born December 11, 1929 in Emmetsburg, Iowa to Marvin and Winnie Wisthoff. When he was thirteen, they moved to the KC area and he graduated from Washington HS. Gerald married the love of his life, Georgia Bell on January 13, 1951 and then joined the Army later that year. He served in the US Army from 1951-53 in the Korean War and received the Korean Service Medal with 3 Bronze Stars, the 1 OS Service Bar, the Combat Infantry Badge and the United Nations Service Medal. Gerald worked for over 30 years as an operating engineer for the Local 101 and was a 32nd Degree Mason and past Master for the Shawnee Lodge 54 AF & AM, as well as a member of the Ankara Grotto. He was a lifelong member of the VFW and the American Legion and loved traveling and camping; he especially enjoyed his trips to Alaska and Hawaii. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin & Winnie Wisthoff and his sister, Shirley Stark. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Georgia Wisthoff of the home; daughter, Jean Taylor (Jim) of Wichita; son, Gerald “Jerry” M. Wisthoff (Jackie) of the Lake of the Ozarks; grandchildren, Gerald F. Wisthoff, Nicole Whisler Grayson, Jesse Taylor, Allie Taylor and Colin Taylor; sister, Carol Buck; as well as several great-grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. Fond memories and condolences may be left for Gerald at www.chapelhill-butler.com, as arrangements are under the direction of Chapel Hill-Butler Funeral Home, 701 N. 94th St., KCK.
- Visitation Friday, June 6, 2014
- Graveside Service Saturday, June 7, 2014
Gerald F. Wisthoff
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June 10, 2014
I don't remember Jerry not being a part of my life. He was with my sister since before I was born. I remember thinking, as a small child, what a nice looking man he was. He had a great smile and was always good to my sisters and I when we were so young. He teased us and then continued to do so with our children. He helped our Mom with his talents of plumbing. I enjoyed being around his Mom and Dad. They were good people and passed that trait on to their children. He will be missed.
Vic & Ina Hillman
June 6, 2014
We salute your veteran. Our condolences for your loss and gratitude for your loved one's service to our country.
June 6, 2014
I am grateful for the life of Mr. Wisthoff. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.