Jerry W. Weickardt
October 19, 1951 – November 6, 2023
Jerry W. Weickardt, 72, of Waukesha passed away unexpectedly on November 6, 2023 during a surgical procedure. He was a loving husband, father, grandpa, brother, uncle, nephew, and loyal friend. Jerry was born on October 19, 1951 in Milwaukee, WI to Marvin and Jean Weickardt. He grew up on Milwaukee’s Northwest side where he attended Custer High School, graduating in 1971.
After high school, Jerry was employed at Continental Can Company for 19 years as a maintenance and machine repair operator. When the company relocated out of state, he discovered his natural sales abilities and entrepreneurial spirit. He started many successful small businesses such as: CJ’s bar in Bay View, Weickardt Trucking, Asphalt Sealing Specialists, and a franchise owner with Snap-On Tools. He worked very hard throughout his life to provide for his family.
Jerry was genuine, laid back and down to earth. His outgoing personality, quick wit and sense of humor made him friends wherever he went. His friends and family knew him to be a reliable, trustworthy and honest man who had a heart of gold and always found time to help if anyone needed a hand. He was as real as they come and he was never out to impress anyone. Oftentimes, he was playful and young at heart. Sometimes he could be shockingly inappropriate, but only in an effort to elicit a smile or laughter.
He enjoyed watching football, haggling at yard sales, playing sheepshead at the Hartland Senior Center, fishing Lake Michigan or in Canada, listening to Bob Seeger, driving his Harley, ’66 and ’72 Corvettes, ’67 Chevelle SS, and Monte Carlo. Later in life, he appreciated the simple satisfaction of a well manicured lawn and time spent on his riding mower.
Above all, Jerry enjoyed being with his family. Family meant everything to him. He is survived by Carol, his wife of 52 years, who dedicated the last few years solely to his care; his son Todd (Andrea) Weickardt and daughter Rebecca Babcock; his grandchildren Caroline Weickardt, Aeden Babcock, and Bradley Weickardt; his brothers and sisters Thomas Weickardt, Dale (Pauline) Weickardt, Sandra Weickardt, and Terry (Jeff) Hogan, extended family including his cousin John (Beth) Mutz, and many friends including Mark Thomas. Jerry’s passing leaves a hole in our hearts and an emptiness that will be hard to fill.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Marvin and Jean Weickardt; his sister Lorrie Weickardt; his son-in law Dennis Babcock; and his loyal dog Amy.
A heartfelt thank you to Dr. Ann Maguire for providing Jerry with an excellent level of care throughout the years. We all consider her an angel on earth.
At Jerry’s request, no services will be held. A celebration of Jerry’s life will occur on a later date.