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Gerald E. Oehler
Gerald E. Oehler, 96, of Marinette passed away Friday afternoon, Dec. 14 at Bay Area Medical Center, Marinette, surrounded by his family.
Born July 24, 1916 in Chicago, Ill. to Edward and Mabel (Knutson) Oehler, he resided in Marinette for the greater part of his life.
He married the former Marion A. Boerner on June 17, 1937 and together raised a family of six children. During World War II he served in the United States Army. He worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, Scott Paper Co., the Marinette Police Department and as a millwright at the former Marathon Paper Co. before his retirement. He had been Union President at Marathon (American Can), Treasurer of the American Can Credit Union and served as an Alderman on the Marinette City Council and was a member of the Marinette County Board of Supervisors. He belonged to Holy Family Parish.
He is survived by two sons, Brian G. (Mary Jane) Oehler of Nekoosa and Edward A. Oehler of Marinette; four daughters, Barbara Oehler and Bette Harbick, both of Marinette, Marjean Jozaitis of Menominee and Virginia Knoeck of Wausau; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and a sister, Charlotte Miller of Menominee.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marion, on Jan. 11, 1998; an infant son; a brother, Antone Olson and a sister, Lorraine ONeil.
Friends called at Hansen-Onion-Martell Funeral Home in Marinette after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18. A Funeral Mass was offered at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Taylor St., by Rev. Joseph Dorner. Entombment was in Forest Home Mausoleum. His grandsons served as pallbearers. Military honors were conducted by the Military Twenty-Year Club.