In loving memory of

Gerald "Jerry" Alton Schellpfeffer
October 15, 1932 - September 3, 2019

Gerald (Jerry) Alton Schellpfeffer, age 86, of Waunakee, Wisconsin passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019.

He was born October 15th, 1932 in Mayville, Wisconsin to Walter and Irma Schellpfeffer. He graduated from Mayville High School in 1950, and it was here that he met the love of his life, Jeanette Wendorff. After high school he went on to serve in the Army. He married Jeanette on July 4th, 1953 and afterwards she joined him in La Rochelle, France where he was stationed.

After returning home he attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and received his Masters Degree in Food Technology. He then went to work for Oscar Mayer Co. for 32 years as a Quality Assurance Manager.

Jerry and Jeanette have four children: Jeri Jay (Mark Reynolds), Mark (Julia), John, and Bill. Also, ten grandchildren: Nathanael (Amber) Reynolds, Krystine (Taylor) Brengel, and Nicholas Reynolds, Madeline and Lily Schellpfeffer, Anna, Joshua, and Jacob Schellpfeffer, and Max and Will Schellpfeffer, and five great grandchildren: Hayden, Elsie and Violet Brengel, and Elise and Henry Reynolds.

Jerry was the youngest of six brothers. Preceding him in death were his parents and his brothers: Wilbur, Harvey, Vernon, and Everette. He has one living brother, Walter Schellpfeffer who lives in Mayville, Wisconsin.

Jerry enjoyed traveling with his wife and took many tours throughout Europe and Asia. Jerry loved his annual family trip for spring break to Florida. He loved walks on the beach, shelling and playing shuffleboard. In their later years they wintered in St. Pete Beach, Florida. He loved the outdoors. He created many memories while camping, boating, and skiing. He attended Badger sporting events over the years. While at Oscar Mayer he was involved in bowling and golf leagues. He could always be found cheering on one of his grandchildren at a sporting event, or listening to a musical performance.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Bishops Bay Country Club, 3500 Bishops Bay Dr, Middleton, Wisconsin on September 9th, 2019 from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm. A service will be held at 2:30 pm with Chaplain Nicole Reich presiding. Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice or Olbrich Gardens.

A very special thank you to everyone at Home Again Waunakee. It was Jerry's home for two years. Everyone there was like family. Our many thanks.

We would also like to thank Heartland Hospice for the loving and attentive care they gave to Jerry.

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Mike Taylor wrote on Sep 9, 2019:

"So sorry, I miss such great neighbors, Jerry would come to our patio with fresh treats and always had something nice to share. Mike Taylor "

Jean StJohn wrote on Sep 8, 2019:

"I would like to express my sympathy in the death of Jerry Schellpfeffer. I did not know him but my mother worked with him for many years at Oscar Mayer. Her name was Gen Jorstad when she worked there. Mom thought a lot about Jerry ? he was "one of the good guys"! She found him to be honest, approachable and simply wonderful to work for and with. For some reason, his name has had a good place in my memories ? she thought the world of him! She retired from Oscar Mayer in 1973 ? honestly, she missed work ? and Jerry! She appreciated his work ethic and how he treated people! She died in 1986 after fighting breast cancer for at least four years. (I've always wondered if the medical improvements that we have now, if she would've lived longer if this time had been later in her life ? I will never know!) I just want to express my condolences with Jerry's death ? for my Mother to be as happy working for him, well, she enjoyed working with him! Again, I am so sorry to read that he has also passed ? a great guy, a great person to work with. Gentle hugs for all of you for a very special man! Jean (Jorstad) StJohn"

Reinhold Kaebitzsch wrote on Sep 8, 2019:

"Love and prayers to Jerry?s family. What a wonderful man !!!!"

Larry Dobie wrote on Sep 6, 2019:

"Jerry was one of the first guys I met at Oscar Mayer when I started my career there. He worked in the Product Control (later renamed Quality Assurance) Department. He was a good guy and a good mentor. RIP old friend."

Tammi Alexander, Badger Honor Flight wrote on Sep 5, 2019:

"The volunteers, flight team and board of Badger Honor Flight mourn the loss of their hero, Gerald Schellpfeffer. We are thankful for his military service and so very sorry we were unable to take him on the trip to Washington, D.C. Our sincerest condolences."

Faye wrote on Sep 5, 2019:

"Jerry was a great guy.We will miss you and prayers to the family "