OBITUARY

Gerald Leo Walbrun

April 3, 1929May 8, 2013

Gerald Leo Walbrun was born on April 3, 1929 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Following his time in the Army Air Corp (now Air Force), Jerry earned his degree from Marquette University in Milwaukee. Shortly after graduation, he married his college sweetheart, Marion, and began his professional career with the Buick Division of General Motors. While at Buick, Jerry enjoyed great success and took an early retirement in 1987 after 35 years.

Following his time with Buick, Jerry embarked on what he always viewed as the capstone to his career when he joined the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh as a vice-president. It was at EAA that Jerry was able to combine the vocation with the avocation, which enabled him to spend each day working at an organization that was the embodiment of who he was.

When Jerry retired, from the EAA, he and Marion moved to Ocala, Florida in 1995 where he continued to serve as an officer of many aviation groups; Warbirds of America, EAA Chapter 812, the Florida Aero Club, and the General Motors Retiree Club. He also served several terms on the board of the Ocala Airport.

Jerry was an avid aviation enthusiast, flying and restoring World War II aircraft. He flew in many airshows in the northeast with the “6 of Diamonds” and led the T-6 formation groups at Oshkosh and Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida. He also participated in the small group of Leeward Air Ranch T-6’s that performed many flyovers for military funerals and Veterans Day celebrations.

Jerry passed away at home at the age of 84 on May 8, 2013 and is survived by his wife, Marion. Jerry loved and took great pride in his four children; Mark (Laurie) Walbrun, Jane (Tommy) Cocke, Kay (Dan) Barclay, Steve (Karin) Walbrun and eight grandchildren; Dan, Sr. Mariana Rose and David Walbrun, Adam Cocke, Glenn and Steven Asplin, and Scott and Tom Walbrun.

A Funeral Mass will be held on Monday, May 13, 2013, 10:30 am at St Theresa Catholic Church11528 SE HWY 301, Belleview, FL 34420

Services

  • Funeral Service Monday, May 13, 2013
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November 4, 2013

Jerry was my friend and frat brother (Alpha Kappa Psi) at Marquette Univeristy. I flew with him in his first open cockpit surplus war plane. He asked, "Carl should we use your $20.00 for more gas or to rent two parachutes". I chose the extra gas! The Lord has welcomed home a fun loving friend. Carl (Sun City West)

Lyle Pennington

July 22, 2013

My sympathy to all the family members. I worked with Jerry when I was a GMI service student and had the wonderful experience of flying with him in that P51. What a thrill and what a great pilot. Jerry was a neat guy and will be greatly missed by all that knew him. Lyle Pennington (Moorpark, CA) - former Western Regional Manager.

Sheila Powell

July 15, 2013

So sorry to hear of Gerry's passing. He was a good man. I worked with him at Buick. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

July 13, 2013

My sympathy goes to Jerry's family. He was a real professional as we shared working experiences at Buick Motor division. He was a great assist to me & I will miss him. Ray Rota. Grand Blanc, Mi

Paul Thomas

July 13, 2013

Please accept my deep sympathy for the passing of Jerry. Jerry was my first assistant zone manager when I was transfered to the Chicago Zone in 1970.

Jerry was always a person to go to on any questions you had.

I will remember him and his family in my prayers.

Cliff Houser

July 13, 2013

My condolences to all the family. Good guy. We worked with him for many years on Buick. EAA. Cliff houser adv

Henry Ristic

May 22, 2013

On behalf of the many Federal Law Enforcemnet Officers that have proudly participated in a variety of outreach programs at EAA we extend our heartfelt sympathy to the Walbrun family. Jerry made it possible for us to work with the aviation community and he was always there to help us expand on our efforts.
It was a pleasure to work with Jerry - he was more than just a pilot .... he was our friend.
In deepest sympathy,
Henry Ristic
Retired U.S. Customs Service and Coordinator of the Federal Pavillion at EAA

Dave Wall

May 22, 2013

I will always remember Gerry's patience with this rookie formation pilot trying to learn the ropes. It was a pleasure flying with him here at The Ranch, or in airshows at Tico and Sun n Fun. Such a gentleman, always ready to offer expert T6 advice and access to spares. Marion, I know I speak for all of the Walls, you have our deepest sympathies and heartfelt love. Blue skies Gerry!

Angela Green

May 20, 2013

Marion and Family,

We were so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing. Jerry was one of the very first people I met when I flew into Leeward for the first time. He was patient and friendly while I asked him a hundred questions about his beautiful T-6 and when comparing notes on our respective 182's.

Over the years, it was such a pleasure getting to know you both as our neighbors. Jerry was always ready with his sage advice, his learned opinions, and his mentorship to other pilots and builders. I will always remember how he treated me with respect and as an equal, even though I was a much less experienced pilot.

Jerry will be greatly missed, but never forgotten. Now his skies will always be blue and the visibility unlimited. He's probably already rebuilding something up there!

With respect,
Angela & Jeff Green

marjorye mckenna

May 20, 2013

Jerry will be missed,you are in our prayers