THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gerald W. Theuerkauf
Gerald W. "Jerry" Theuerkauf, 90, passed away Monday, March 6 at Bay Area Medical Center after complications from a two year illness.
Born Aug. 2, 1926 in Menominee, Mi., to the late Gus and Helen (Schilawski) Theuerkauf, he spent his youth in rural Menominee where he fox farmed with his father. He attended Menominee High School and then Michigan Agricultural College in East Lansing, Mi.
He returned to Menominee and started a mink ranch business along with a beef and dairy farm. He met the former Grace Roubal. They married Sept. 20, 1947 in Menominee and had six children that helped them with the farm. The couple was married for 69-1/2 years and loved their family and adventures together.
A family man, he took pride in his community, he belonged to the Menominee Ingallston Fire Department as acting chief, Menominee Public School Board of Education, serving as President in the 1970's, was President of the Upper Peninsula Mink Breeders Association and was on the board of the National Fur Breeders Association.
Even in his busy time, he made time to watch and cheer his children on in Menominee Maroons football and other sports. His favorite place to go after the games to reminisce the evening's activities was Jozwiaks.
With three of his children at Michigan State University, where his son, Robert played football, he became a lifelong Michigan State Spartans fan. He enjoyed hunting, especially for elk and moose in Colorado and Canada where he was a successful hunter, but showed the most pride when his wife bagged the largest elk of the hunting party.
He enjoyed gardening, the outdoors and helping his late son-in-law, Jim Hodge, develop hunting property. They built a camp known as Cedarwood, which was a hunting habitat for the guys at camp for many years.He is survived by his wife, Grace of Menominee, Mi.; six children, Greta Hodge and Walter (Darla), both of Menominee, Howard (Maureen) of Weston, Robert (Dany) of Shelby Township, Mi., David (Audrey) of Minocqua and Donn (Sharon) of Appleton; 17 grandchildren and their spouses and 14 great-grandchildren.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia; an infant son and a son-in-law, James Hodge of Menominee.
Visitation was held Saturday, March 11 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Menominee from 1 p.m. until time of a funeral service at 3 p.m. Pastor Mark Laatsch officiated with burial in Riverside Cemetery in Menominee. Anderson Kell Funeral Home of Menominee assisted the family with arrangements. A memorial fund was established in his name to support the Cancer Center and BAMC Foundation.