He was born Jan. 17, 1936, in LeCenter, Minn., to Paul E. and Isabelle (Berger) Schloesser. Gerald attended McKinley High School in LeCenter, Minn., graduating in 1953.
Jerry served his country as part of the United States Navy during the Korean War. He was part of Operation Deep Freeze and the U.S. Geological Survey out of the Rolla, Miss.
He was an avid sports fan who enjoyed listening to St. Paul Flyers sports on the radio. He cheered for the Minnesota Vikings and enjoyed playing cards. Jerry’s life was defined by hard work. He had worked for Hug Concrete Inc., the former Schloesser Concrete and Smith Paving for many years.
Jerry was a member of the VFW Post 2743, Norwalk, St. Paul Catholic Church and the “Heavenly Dusters” church cleaning team.
Survivors include his children, Diane (Tony) Pressly of Norwalk, Gerald (Debbie) Schloesser of Evansville, Ill., Vicki (Marvin) Linder of Wakeman and Roger (Anna) Schloesser of Norwalk; 11 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brother, Wayne (Donna) Schloesser; and sister, Kathy (Gary) Gentz.
In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his late wife, Barbara (Nofzinger) Schloesser in 2004; sisters, Agnes and Patti; and brother in-law, Donald.
A funeral mass will be 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at St. Paul Catholic Church, with burial to follow in St. Alphonsus Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be directed towards Heartland Hospice, 907 W. State St., Suite A, Fremont, OH 43420-2548 or the Norwalk Catholic School, “Soaring to New Heights,”,Campaign, 93 East Main St., Norwalk, OH 44857.
Condolences may be expressed by visiting walkereastmanheydingerfh.com.