Gerald L. Yenser
1936 - 2008
Gerald L. Yenser, 72, of Watertown, passed away Saturday morning, June 21, 2008, at his home.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown with the Rev. Lee Meissner officiating. Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery, Watertown.
Relatives and friends may call to pay their respects at the Hafemeister Funeral Home on Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. and at the church on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. until the time of the service.
Gerald Leon Yenser was born on Feb. 11, 1936, in Paulding, Ohio, son of Donald L. and Wanda (Speakman) Yenser. On June 10, 1956, he married the former Celia Collins at St. Paul's Methodist Church in Celina, Ohio.
Gerry was a 1954 graduate of Celina High School and attended Bowling Green University for two years.
He had been employed with New Idea Farm Equipment in Ohio, was a manager at the former G.B. Lewis Company in Watertown and employed at Vulcan Fabricating in Watertown. He had also worked as an engineer in quality control at various manufacturing companies in Milwaukee and had been an agent for several years with the Prudential Insurance Company in Watertown.
Gerry was a member of Christ United Methodist Church in Watertown, serving on various boards and committees, and was a member of the choir.
Gerry proudly served on the Watertown City Council for 27 years, from April 1969 to April 2007. He held several positions which included council president, which he was most proud of, chairman of public works commission, chairman of finance committee, the Highway 26 bypass committee and the reapportionment committee. He was a great supporter of his children and grandchildren. He also enjoyed hunting, woodworking and was an avid sports fan.
Gerry is survived by his wife, Celia Yenser of Watertown; a daughter, Vicki (Daniel) Bartz of Watertown; four sons, Michael (Rebecca) Yenser of Watertown, Mark (Cathleen) Yenser of Frankfort, Ill., Douglas (Dawn) Yenser of Vinton, Iowa, and Daniel (Cora) Yenser of Watertown; 14 grandchildren, Joshua (Mindy) Bartz, Jonathon Bartz, Katrina Bartz, Krista Freson, Stuart Freson, Matthew Yenser, Kelly Yenser, Nathaniel Yenser, April Yenser, Samantha Yenser, Madison Yenser, James Yenser, Jeremy Yenser and Nicholas Yenser; two great-grandchildren, Tyler Bartz and Abigail Bartz; a brother, Robert (Marty) Yenser of Celina, Ohio; other relatives and friends.
His parents, Donald and Wanda Yenser, preceded him in death.
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