Gerald "Jerry" L. Bumgarner, Janesville, WI (1938-2015)
March 13, 1938 - June 29, 2015
Gerald “Jerry” L. Bumgarner, age 77, of Janesville, entered into the loving arms of his Lord and Savior, reunited with his loved ones in heaven on Monday, June 29, 2015, at Mercy Hospital & Trauma Center. He was born in Edgerton, on March 13, 1938, the son of Harry and Corrine (Gardner) Bumgarner. Jerry attended his beloved Dillenbeck Grade School, graduating from Janesville High School with the class of 1956. On Aug. 13, 1960, he married his “best friend,” Muriel Walhovd at St. John Lutheran Church. After graduation, he was employed by the Rock County Highway Department as a heavy equipment operator until in 1967, he began his plumbing career working at LeRoy Kepp Plumbing & Heating (now known as Lloyd’s Plumbing & Heating Corp.) He served his apprenticeship, and in April of 1976 acquired his Wisconsin Journeyman Plumber’s license. He also took great pride in being the company’s “backhoe” operator. In 1984, he was hired into the skilled trades department at General Motor’s where he remained until his retirement on April 1, 2000. Jerry was a 4-H Leader, Babe Ruth Baseball Coach, Board Member of American Legion Baseball, member of the UAW Local 95, and fifty-five year member of St. John Lutheran Church. His greatest treasures were his seven grandchildren, family, and dear friends.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Muriel Bumgarner; son, Scott (LeAnn) Bumgarner of Janesville; seven grandchildren: Nicholas, Matthew, Meagan, Sydney and Jack Bumgarner, and Casey and Corrina Robles; a great-grandson, Wyatt Allen; and a sister, Betty L. Anderson. He is further survived by Wendy Bumgarner, Cindy (Jeff) Everson and Joelle Bumgarner; brother and sister-in-law, Gary (Wanda) Walhovd; nieces and nephews: Mark, Nancy and Karen Walhovd, Ron and Patrick Finster; and very special cousin, Kenneth (Betty) Algrim. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Joel; sister, Patricia Finster; father and mother-in-law, Millard and Arline Walhovd.
A Memorial Service will be held at 12 Noon on July 6, 2015, at ST. JOHN LUTHERAN CHURCH with Rev. Bond Haldeman officiating. A Visitation will be held on Monday from 10 a.m. until 12 Noon at the CHURCH. Private interment will be in Milton Lawns Memorial Park at a later date. SCHNEIDER FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY is assisting the family. For on-line condolences and registry: www.schneiderfuneraldirectors.com
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