Jerry Lee Anderson, 85, of Green Bay, Wisconsin passed away peacefully on January 3, 2022 with his wife and daughter at his side. Jerry had a complexity of health challenges since 2014. His optimism, perseverance and faith fueled his words, “The ball game is not over yet.”
Those having an opportunity to know Jerry over the years were endeared to his personality and charm.
Jerry married Joanne (nee Johnson) in 1959 after meeting at a softball game ten years prior. Jerry and Joanne had two children they adored, Deborah Lee Anderson and John Floyd Anderson. John preceded his father in death in 1986. Jerry dearly loved his grand dog, Liberty.
Born in Norway, Michigan in 1936 to the late Floyd and Lorraine (Tetting) Anderson, Jerry was the youngest of five siblings. His sister Priscella (Jerry) Olbrantz lives in Green Bay. His brother Buck (Margaret) Anderson, and sisters Joyce (Russell) Nuss, Helen (Louis) Young, and June (James) Morgan preceded him in death.
Jerry was a East DePere graduate and 1954 alum where he played basketball and was in the class play. Jerry attended the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh earning a Bachelor of Science in Education. In 1953 Jerry enlisted in the Navy and proudly served in the reserves for eight years. Jerry worked for a number of years in the Milwaukee Public School System as a history teacher and school counselor. He graduated with a Masters from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Jerry and Joanne moved their family to Green Bay in 1968. Jerry worked for thirteen years at Proctor and Gamble, and then transitioned to Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, where he taught for eighteen years prior to retiring in 1998.
Living a Life Respected and Death Regretted
Faith, family, and service was important to Jerry personally and professionally. Jerry’s faith was his bedrock; he and Joanne were members of Wequiock Presbyterian Church. Time with his family was always valued and cherished. Jerry enjoyed long walks with his German Shepherds, hunting, train rides, riding his motorcycle, and riding around in the “little blue truck” visiting friends. He was raised a Master Mason with Lafayette Lodge #265 on September 24, 1962. Jerry was active with the Beja Shrine Temple in Green Bay and a Charter Member of the ROJ Court #197.
A private service will be held at Wequiock Presbtyterian Church. A Celebration of Life will follow late spring/early summer. Please indicate your interest and contact information here:
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Aurora Hospice, Aurora Hospital, Mayo Clinic and Renness Rehabilitation Center. In lieu of flowers or monetary donations, please move Jerry’s legacy forward by continuing to prioritize your energy into your faith and family, and consistently reach out to others with compassion. “People ask, why are you always so happy? I am grateful. I was born an American, I have a wonderful wife, amazing daughter, and son I love. I love my church. I have met amazing individuals as a Mason and Shiner. What more could I ask?” Jerry L. Anderson