Jerry Ellenbecker, 75, Neenah, died peacefully at his home Sunday, March 23, 2014, with his loving family at his side, after a short yet courageous battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Jerry was born October 21, 1938, in Marathon, son of Jerome P. and Marie (Karlen) Ellenbecker. He graduated from Appleton High School, and then served in the Army reserves. He also coached little league baseball in Appleton. Jerry was employed by American Can Corporation until his retirement. He loved gardening, traveling, playing cards and fishing. He especially enjoyed his breakfast clubs on Tuesday and Saturday mornings.
Jerry is survived by his loving and devoted wife of 53 years, Ruby; sons: William and Robert (friend Judy), both of Neenah, and Tony, Appleton; a special grandson, Joel Ellenbecker (special friend Tamrah), Neenah; a special sister-in-law, Virginia McNeil; a special friend, Denise Ellenbecker; siblings: Gail Jobelius, Madison; Jean (Cyril) Wolff, SC; Karen (Richard) Olsen, Plover; Pat Ellenbecker, CO; Kim Skjoldager, Appleton; Lyle (Mary) Ellenbecker, Kaukauna; Lee (Bunny) Ellenbecker, Appleton; special friend, Carl Fiestedt; other relatives and friends.
Jerome was preceded in death by his parents.
Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, March 28, 2014, at the Kessler Funeral Home, 304 S. Commercial Street, Neenah, with Rev. Michael L. Ingold officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. Friday until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.