Jerrald Redeker ’56
Jerrald Hale Redeker, born on October 5, 1934, left this life to be with his Heavenly Father on Saturday, October 29, 2022.
Jerry grew up in Waupun, Wisconsin, where he graduated from Waupun High School, and enjoyed working in his father’s clothing store and on his uncle’s farm. He graduated from Hope College in 1956 and served in the US Army for a year in Schweinfurt, Germany.
Many will remember Jerry’s generosity and kind spirit as he would personally acknowledge friend’s and employee’s birthdays and anniversaries with cards, notes, and surprise cakes. He was an optimist, choosing to see the positive in each person and situation. A dedicated grandfather, he enjoyed playing hours of foosball, table tennis, and games of hide-and-seek, despite having to endure severe back pain in his later years.
Preceding him in death were his father, Samuel Redeker and mother Laura (Schinzel) Redeker. He is survived by his sister Beth (Ted) Vanderkin. He is also survived by his daughter Lisa (Mike) Williams, son Joel ’84 (Joreen ’85) Redeker, daughter Cara ’88 (Tom) Theile, daughter Allyson ’94 (Kirk) Rys, and grandchildren Jonathan ’14 (Emma) Redeker, Bethany ’17 (Luka) Derungs, Madison (Kyle) Crowley, Hanna Theile, Audrey Redeker, Megan Williams, Elsa Theile, Hoover Theile, and Henry Rys.