James “Jim” Jerz, aged 79, passed away Friday, March 12, 2021 at his home.
He was born on February 19, 1942 in Detroit, MI, son of the late Walter and Bernadene (Helton) Jerz, He was the youngest of their six children.
Jim spent his formative years in Garwin, IA. He was the captain of his high school football team and earned the honor of being named the number one quarterback for schools of their size. After graduating from the University of Northern Iowa, he relocated to Ft. Myers, FL where he taught physical education at Orangewood Elementary School. In 1990, he and his family moved to Wausau, WI and declared it home.
In his retirement, he and his special friend, Diane Tollefson, enjoyed antiquing, checking out yard sales, having weekend breakfasts with friends and spending time in their perennial
Survivors include his two children, Ryan Jerz of Ft. Myers Beach, FL and Connie (Evan) Schultz of Oregon, WI, two grandchildren, Zach and Zoe Schultz, two siblings, Jean Fulton of Estero,
FL and Dick Jerz of Ft. Myers, FL along with many nieces and nephews and other family
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Don, Bob and Bill Jerz.
At this time no funeral is planned. Memorials may be given to the Friends of Cayo Costa State Park fund, PO Box 15, Bokeelia, Fl. 33922.
Brainard Funeral Home- Wausau Chapel is assisting the family with arrangements. You may leave messages and condolences for his family at brainardfuneral.com