Gerald George “Jerry” Korte


Gerald George “Jerry” Korte, age 88 of Highland, IL, died Sunday, January 10, 2016, at St. Mary Health Center in Richmond Heights, MO.

He was born March 06, 1927, in Pierron, IL, the son of John and Emma (nee Benke) Korte.

On October 20, 1948, he married Colleen Margaret Gathard who passed away on January 18, 2006.

He was a member of Saint Paul Catholic Church. He was also a member of Knights of Columbus, Council #1580, Highland, IL; Knight of Columbus, Fourth Degree Assembly #0231, Highland, IL; Highland Optimist Club(Past President); Loyal Order of the Moose Lodge #2479; Highland, IL; Lee Iten Post #439-American Legion, Highland, IL..

Jerry was born at Pierron, where he grew up and attended Immaculate Conception School, graduating in 1941. He served with U.S. Army from 1/22/1946 to 4/2/1947. He Co-owned Community Lumber Company and Community Builders from 1950 to 1982. He worked for B-Dry and Gutter Helmet until his retirement. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, golfing, boating on Carlyle lake, playing cards, and was an avid bowler. He enjoyed watching the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals and played baseball for Pierron, “All Stars” in his youth.

Survivors include :
Daughter – Kay A. (Richard “Rick”) Schuette, Highland, IL
Daughter – Jan M. (“Butch”) Covili, Litchfield, IL
Daughter – Jeri L. (Jeff) Foehner, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Jami L. (James) Miller, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Jason R. Hemann, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild – Thomas R. (Significant Other – Melissa Crim) Schuette, Saint Louis, MO
Grandchild – Daniel G. Schuette, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Briana R. (Significant Other – Chad Henningfeld) Martin, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Kayla M. Martin, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Jenee E. (Significant Other – Ryan Mitchel) Foehner, Highland, IL
Grandchild – Maria A. Foehner, Lebanon, IL
Great Grandchild – Connor J. Miller
Great Grandchild – Aubree C. Hemann
Great Grandchild – Braden J. Miller
Sister – Lenore “Toots” Windsor, Saint Louis, MO
Sister – Dorothy M. “Dot” Kimberlin, Highland, IL
Brother – Marcellus W. “Popeye” (Agnes) Korte, Saint Rose, IL

He was preceded in death by :
Father – John G. Korte (Died 12//1955)
Mother – Emma E. Korte nee Benke (Died 12/20/1991)
Wife – Colleen M. Korte nee Gathard (died 1/18/2006)
Daughter – Judy Rose Korte (died 11/05/1980 @ age 21)
Brother – Jerome Korte (killed in WWII on 12/7/1944)
Brother – Alfred J. “Al” Korte (Died 7/17/1998)
Brother – Joseph G. Korte (Died 1/4/2010)
Sister – Magdalen M. “Madge” Haenny (Died 11/11/2006)
Brother – Eugene B. “Gene” Korte (Died 10/28/2015)

Arrangements are being handled by Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL and from 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home in Highland, IL.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:00 AM on Thursday, January 14, 2016, at Saint Paul Catholic Church in Highland, IL., with Father Pat G. Jakel officiating.

Interment will be at Saint Joseph Catholic Cemetery in Highland, IL.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul School Educational Foundation; Highland Optimist Club; to the Family (to select a memorial later).

Spengel-Boulanger Funeral Home
1501 Ninth at Lemon Street
Highland, IL 62249

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