Gerald E. Oehler, 96, of Marinette, passed away Friday afternoon, December 14, 2012, at Bay Area Medical Center, surrounded by his family. He was born July 24, 1916 in Chicago, Ill. to Edward and Mabel (Knutson) Oehler.
Gerald 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. Gerald worked for the Army Corps of Engineers, Scott Paper Co., the Marinette Police Dept. 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 as a member of the Marinette County Board of Supervisors. He was a member of Holy Family Parish.
Gerald is survived by two sons: Brian G. (Mary Jane) Oehler of Nekoosa, Wis. and Edward A. Oehler of Marinette; four daughters: Barbara Oehler of Marinette, Marjean Jozaitis of Menominee, Virginia Knoeck of Wausau, Wis. and Bette Harbick of Marinette; 17 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren and one sister, Charlotte Miller of Menominee. He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Marion, on January 11, 1998; an infant son; a brother, Antone Olson; and a sister, Lorraine O'Neil.
Friends may call at Hansen-Onion-Martell funeral home in Marinette after 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. A Funeral Mass will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Holy Family Parish-Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Taylor St., by the Reverend Joseph Dorner.
Entombment will be in Forest Home Mausoleum. Grandsons will serve as pallbearers. Funeral Honors will be accorded by the Military Twenty-Year Club.