Born: October 22, 1945
Died: December 07, 2012
Jerome F. “Jerry” Hiess, 67, of Chippewa Falls, passed away peacefully Friday, December 7, 2012 at his home surrounded by his family. While fighting his last battle with cancer under the care of St. Joseph’s Hospice.
He was born October 22, 1945, the son of Anton and Mildred (Meyer) Hiess. His early years were spent in the town of Seymour, near St. Bridget’s Church. As a teenager he moved to the Town of Hallie and attended and graduated from McDonell Central High School.
He married Jane E. Hall on October 24, 1964 at Holy Ghost Church. They recently celebrated 48 years of marriage. Together they raised 3 children.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Jane; one son, Jason (Kellie) and their children, Alex, Austin and Andrea; two daughters, Jennifer (Rick) Ruf and their children, Andrew (Erica), Katie and Claire and Julie (Brad) Lyberg and their children, Garret and Logan. He is further survived by his brother, Norbert; and sisters, Sister Yvonne, Joan Carey, Nita (Art) Zwiefelhofer; and brother and sister-in-laws; nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his mother-in-law, Lucille Hall; one brother, Joseph; sister-in-law, Carol Hiess; and brother-in-law, Jim Carey.
Jerry chose to embark on a 48 year career in land surveying, starting as a rodman, draftsman, and finally a registered land surveyor. He was elected Chippewa County Surveyor for 2 years. After that time he started Hiess Land Surveying, which later became Hiess-Loken & Associates who he operated with his son. Jerry helped design, survey, and create many residential and commercial sites in the Chippewa Falls and Eau Claire areas. Jerry truly enjoyed the challenges surveying presented. He was a lifelong member of the Wisconsin Society of Land Surveyors. Over the years he had many colleagues and clients whose company and camaraderie he enjoyed.
Jerry enjoyed fishing at Marshmiller Lake and in Canada with family, spending time at the lake lots on the Yellow River, “putzin” in his garage with wood crafts, car fixing, and visiting with his grandchildren. He especially treasured the kisses he always got on the cheek from his granddaughters.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, December 10 and until 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. There will be a Vigil Service at 7 p.m. Monday at the funeral home.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, December 11 at Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Victor Inbaraj will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Prairie View Cemetery in the Village of Lake Hallie.
The family would like to thank all who helped us through this difficult time, especially Charlotte Sloan, a good friend of the family, and St. Joseph’s Hospice.