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Willard Jerue

Willard J. Jerue, 86, of Wausau, passed away peacefully on March 31, 2018 after a one-year battle with cancer. Preceded in death by his wife, Jacqueline McGregor Jerue, he will be laid to rest beside her at Restlawn Memorial Park, 4710 N. Troy Street, Wausau. Respecting Will’s wishes, there will be no service and inurnment will be private.

Will is survived and greatly missed by his son, James L. Jerue (Laurie) of Naperville, Illinois; grandchildren Sarah and Mark; extended family in Wisconsin, Michigan, Florida, Texas, Oregon, and Alaska; and many Wausau neighbors and friends for whom he cared deeply.

Born November 13, 1931, Will was one of four boys born to Raymond and Anna Jerue of Goodman, Wisconsin. He loved the lumber town of Goodman and maintained many dear friends who lived there, or were from there, throughout his lifetime. He was happy to see a historical society take hold there in recent years and contributed many items to it. After high school, where he was both quarterback of the football team and point guard for basketball, Will attended school in Oshkosh before duty called him into the Army during the Korean War. He and Jackie were married 58 years, about 45 of which were spent in Wausau, where Will charmed customers and co-workers at GB Vending for many years.

Will would say, without a doubt, don’t worry about things over which we have no control. A member of the “do it now and it’ll be done” club, he was known for helping family, friends, and neighbors with errands, snow-blowing, landscaping rocks, pet-sitting, or whatever you needed. If he could do it, he would, especially if it resulted in a friendly chat over a Pabst Blue Ribbon beer at the end. He greatly enjoyed his weekly Sheepshead games with the guys and was glad to know them.

Special thanks from our family to the caring medical staff at Aspirus, including the Cancer Center and Hospice House. To the many neighbors and friends who made Will an honorary member of your families, brought over a meal, offered company and rides, helped around the house, or shared laughs and spirited discussion about the Packers or Wisconsin football teams, we appreciate you more than words can say. What a great community!

In lieu of flowers, we think Will would have liked you to honor his memory in any variety of other ways: Smile at the sound of birds chirping in the morning. Check in with a family member or friend. Put things away where you found them. Help a neighbor. Greet someone with a cheery “hello.” Revel in the quiet beauty of a sunset.

And if you’d like to recognize Wisconsin veterans, Will really respected the work done by the Never Forgotten Honor Flight organization. He considered himself so fortunate to have been an Honor Flight participant to Washington, D.C. and it would please him to think that he’d helped other veterans get that same experience.

Memorials in Will’s name can be mailed to Never Forgotten Honor Flight, 4404 Rib Mountain Drive #234, Wausau, WI 54401.

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  1. Bill Schmelzer

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    We send our condolences to Jim and his family. We enjoyed knowing Will and Jackie as neighbors for about nine years on the South End. They were wonderful friends and neighbors, folks who made the world better.

  2. Sue Pennycook Keihn

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    Jim: We are so sorry to hear about Will’s passing. Your parents and our parents had many memorable times together. Will made an extra special effort to come to Gordie’s funeral a couple of years ago and always stopped when passing thru Shawano. At Dad’s funeral, Will brought some IH things and I passed them on in his name to the IH Museum near Leesburg, Florida. He brought us up to date on you and your family. He was always so kind, compassionate, and friendly; a very caring person and the Pennycook “kids” (Sue, Jan, Linda, and Bill) remember him warmly.

  3. Margaret Mayer

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    Jim, Will was a former coworker and friend to my husband, Don. He also live around the corner from us and the two of them traded favors. We both thoroughly enjoyed his visits. He was a great story teller. We always kept Pabst Blue Ribbon in the house for when Will would drop by. Sadly, my husband, Don passed away one week after your dad. I have to think they’re enjoying one of those brews together now.

  4. Amy Wilde

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    My condolences goes out to the family of Will. He was a wonderful man and neighbor for many years. He always lent a helping hand anyway he could whether it was snow blowing my driveway and sidewalk to just chatting and catching up which he really liked to do. I grew up two houses down from Will and his wife Jackie. He always had a smile on his face and looked at the positive side of everything. He was a great inspiration as to how to treat others and to not worry about the things we can do nothing about and would always say that things would work out. He will truly be missed!!

    Thoughts and prayers,

    Amy Wilde

  5. Mike Mullan

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    Jim I was one of the Sheepshead buddies of Will’s. He was a joy to play with. He could gave and take a ribbing with the best. He passed once with the 2 black queens and took such a pounding that I don’t think he ever thought of doing it again; even if it cost him 20 or 50 cents.
    He was very proud of you and the family. Talked about visiting Naperville a lot.
    We are fellow Cub fans. I tasked him with getting me a bag of the Cub’s M&M’s last year. He couldn’t find a small bag so brought me a rather large bag. Couldn’t pay him for it either.
    He will be missed, talked about and remembered at the card games!
    Prayers are already on the way.
    Thanks for sharing Will with us.

  6. Julie Kryshak

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    I feel blessed to have known Will, everything that has been written is certainly true. Never saw him without a smile, that’s what I will remember. You are in my thoughts.

  7. Jim Rosenberg

    04/05/2018 at 4:10 pm

    Jim, your dad and I had many good discussions about public policy and all things Wausau. He was a good man and I was always happy to run into him at Loading Zone or in the neighborhood, when we lived there. Our sympathies on his passing, but I feel as though he had a life well-lived, too.