Gerald C. Weinrich, 94 of Wabasha passed away at his home on Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Gerald Clement was born October 5, 1925, in Stewartville, MN, to Herbert and Susan (Clement) Weinrich. Gerald attended Rochester country school and Rochester High School. When his oldest brother went off to WWII, Gerald left school to help on the family farm. Later, he joined the Army, receiving the WWII Victory and Army of Occupation service medals.
On February 21, 1957, he married Barbara A. Stevens at the Little Brown Church, Nashua, IA. They lived in Plainview and Rochester before moving to Wabasha in 2003. Gerald proudly worked for the State Highway Department for over 30 years retiring in 1987. Barb took early retirement so they could travel in their motor home and they winter in Arizona.
Gerald was a former member of Homestead United Methodist Church, Rochester; the Rochester Eagles Club and the Rochester Moose Club. He was a member of the Wabasha American Legion Post #50 and the Burkhardt-Roemer VFW Post #4086. In his spare time he enjoyed hunting, fishing, and spending time with his family and friends.
He is survived by a son Gerald Scott (Pam King) Weinrich and daughter Robin (Jon) Klande, Wabasha, MN; two granddaughters, Bobbie Klande, Rochester, Amber (John) Crellin, London, England; one great-grandson, Nicholas Spratte, Rochester; his beloved dog Bailey; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his wife Barbara; four sisters: Lenora “Polly” Messerschmidt; Hazel Schleusner; Virginia Sorensen and Elva Rexford; two brothers: Herbert”Bud” Weinrich and John Weinrich.
More importantly, Gerald left his family a legacy of commitment to communtiy service, family and friendship; a good life by any measure.
Due to restrictions on public gatherings, a celebration of his life will be held at a future date. Interment will be at Grandview Memorial Gardens, Rochester, MN.
The family would like to thank the staff of Saint Elizabeth Medical Center for their care of Gerald over the past several years and to the Mayo Hospice staff for their support over the last two weeks.
Services entrusted to Abbott Funeral Home & Crematory, Wabasha, MN. Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.abbottfh.com
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