Gerald “Jerry” Louis Vande Hei

March 6, 1933 - March 10, 2021
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Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church
227 Columbus Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Wednesday 3/17, 9:30 am - 11:00 am
Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary Catholic Church
227 Columbus Street
Sun Prairie, WI 53590
Wednesday 3/17, 11:00 am
Sacred Hearts Cemetery
Sun Prairie, Wisconsin

Gerald (Jerry) L Vande Hei, 88, of Sun Prairie, peacefully passed away at Agrace Hospice Fitchburg, March 10, 2021 surrounded by his children. He was born March 6, 1933 in DePere, WI the son of Martin and Mae (Secor) Vande Hei. Jerry’s childhood was spent enjoying the outdoors and hunting with his Dad, Martin andContinue Reading

Chad DePauw and Family left a message on March 17, 2021:
To a great man, husband, leader and passionate outdoor man. Our sincerest thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. Thanks for giving us a lifelong friend in Nick and some lasting memories.
Abigail left a message on March 16, 2021:
Love and miss you
Tucker and Shelley Woodson left a message on March 16, 2021:
With love and sympathy.
Ann Rausch-Gifford left a message on March 15, 2021:
My heartfelt condolences to your family on the loss of your husband/father/grandfather/great grandfather. I remember my father (Thomas Rausch) speaking highly of Gerry's character and professionalism during their days together at the DNR in Madison. Together in heaven, they are talking forests and trees. Love and light to all of you. Ann Rausch-Gifford
Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross left a message on March 15, 2021:
You have our sympathy for the death of your Dad and Grandfather, Jerry. He and your Mom blessed us over the years. We will keep them both in our prayers.
Charlie Higgs left a message on March 15, 2021:
Please accept my condolences during this difficult time. Jerry has been the rock for Pat, always there for his children and grand children, a stalwart life long friend and caring neighbor. It was a privilege for me to work closely with Jerry during our 5 plus years together in Madison. He knew the forests of Wisconsin like few others. His integrity and professionalism brought credibility to the diverse land owners and responsible land management entities - county forests, national forests, industrial and tribal forests throughout the state. Well done, Jerry. we'll miss you.
Barb Guenther left a message on March 15, 2021:
Dear Nick, Patty and extended family, Thinking of you at this difficult time of the loss. of Jerry . May the happy memories of the years of a well lived life, he shared with all of you, give you peace and comfort . Mike & Barb Guenther ( Randy’s parents)
James R Miller left a message on March 14, 2021:
Memories run from evening at The Ribs in Shawano to places and times all around Wisconsin. Jan and my thoughts and prayers will be with all in the days and weeks ahead. Travel well Jerry, travel well.
Kenneth Sloan left a message on March 14, 2021:
My thoughts are with you and your family Pat. I am one of those "young green foresters" that Jerry took under his wing and made something of. The State of Wisconsin owes him a debt of gratitude for his service. Not many left like him. Ken Sloan
Ron Capacio left a message on March 14, 2021:
We are so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. My wife, Jodi and I ran into him and his wife at a Perkins near East Town. He was so friendly and sharp in remembering past Foresters and zDNR events. He will be missed so much. Retired Forestry Tech, Ron Capacio
Jaclyn Guastella left a message on March 14, 2021:
I am so so sad to hear about Jerry’s passing. He was an amazing newborn growing up. He was always so sweet and kind to talk to. Back in the early 2000’s, Jerry heard my babysitter and I outside with a (what we thought was a smoke detector) was a carbon monoxide detector. He came over to check on us. He told us what it was and when he heard we had headaches he talked us into coming over to his house so he could call mg&e. The level in the house ended being deadly. He got someone to come over and fix the leak and came over to make sure we were ok while my parents were gone. He was a very sweet, kind, generous man. I will miss him very very very much. I couldn’t of asked for a better neighbor to have grown up with. Jerry, you will be missed by my family, and I.
Ray Arndt left a message on March 13, 2021:
Jerry epitomized the term, “great guy”! So many great memories with him fishing in Canada. None better than our most recent trip in the fall of 2018 when he joined me with my other two most favorite fishing partners, my son, Chris, and my father-in-law, Gene. He will be greatly missed, but the memories of the many great times with him will live forever. It was an honor to know him!
Jenny Cain Ellestad left a message on March 13, 2021:
I spent many, many hours at the Vande Hei’s as his daughter, Ann, was one of my very dearest of friends. What I remember most about Jerry is that he was a man of very few words but, when he did say something, it was meaningful and worthy. He was first and foremost a family man and I had the utmost respect for him and the way he conducted himself. I also remember that he LOVED to spend time tinkering in the garage and working on his boat or whatever other project needed his attention. He was a man of great integrity and a fine example for his children. A wonderful, kind man that will be greatly missed. Love to all his family, Jenny
Newcomer Funeral Home left a message:
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