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On Saturday December 26, 2020 Gerald (Jerry) Kenneth Wesche, age 77 left these earthly bounds and is now rejoicing with his Heavenly Father with no more pain and suffering. He was born January 29, 1943 in Detroit, MI to August John and Mary Catherine (Schug) Wesche, the last of eight children.

He graduated from Forest Hills High school in 1961. He was in retail all his working years; Atlantic Mills in Grand Rapids, MI 1960-1962; Goldfines in Duluth, MN 1962-65; Atlantic Mills in Detroit 1965-66; GEM in Livonia, MI 1966-67; transferred to Denver, CO in 1968; and returned to Grand Rapids, MI to work for Meijer in 1972 where he finished out his career as Stock Loss Coordinator for the Lansing, MI market. He retired in 2004. After retirement he had his remodeling and special order furniture business, GKW Enterprises.

He married Gloria Rae (Sweet) Wesche and were baptized at their wedding in 1963. They have four children: Robert and his wife Laura who have two children, Brittney and her husband Adam, who have two boys Caleb and Connor, and Kyle is engaged to Alyssa. Kimberly and her husband Randy Meekhof have a daughter Sienna. Jonathan and his wife Jacqueline who have two girls Cecilia and Genavieve. Treverlyn and her husband Chad Helton have two girls Hannah and Madeline.

He loves our Lord and Saviour and loved to discuss the Bible. He enjoyed the weekly men’s breakfast group and discussing politics. We attended Greenville First United Methodist Church for 27 years before moving to Zeeland and attending Waypoint Church. Over the years his faith was strengthened when he attended “Standing in the Gap” in Washington and went to Haiti on a mission trip. He never forgot his experience in Haiti where he was so amazed at the JOY that people with nothing have. Jerry loved having lunches out on the pontoon with friends, playing cards, working on projects, and travel. The last 15 years have taken us on amazing adventures to Alaska for a month, the South West and North West for three months each.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; great-grandchild, Mason Chiotti; siblings August (Bud) (Arlene) Wesche, Edward (Beverly) Wesche, Jackie (Joseph) Chorman. His surviving siblings are Dorothy (Milo) Houghton, Phillip (Beverly) Wesche, Richard (Verna) Wesche, Rosemary (Robert) Hunter and Godchildren Richard Dupon and Melanie Dupon.

The family would like to thank those who have supported Jerry and the family, including friends, medical staff at Holland and Butterworth hospitals and the members of the Waypoint Church. We are moved by the compassion, care and support they have shown. Services will be announced at a later date, due to COVID 19.

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Cremation arrangements were entrusted to Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Grand Rapids, Michigan, 616-452-3006.


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  1. Those were wonderful times.j on January 2, 2021 at 3:54 pm

    So sorry for your loss! We will never forget our Christmas and Easter cantatas at Bauer Wesleyan Church. Jerry was such a great narrator.Those were wonderful times. Jim and Bette Rohn by

  2. stacie on April 14, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss. I could tell Jerry was a special person after only knowing him for a very short time. My thoughts and prayers go out to Gloria and family.

    Stacie RN

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