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In Memory of Jerry Gutting


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday August 6, 2022
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011

Mass of Christian Burial

12:00 pm
Saturday August 6, 2022
St. Francis Catholic Church
231 West Woodworth
Ellsworth WI, 54011


1:00 pm
Saturday August 6, 2022
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
South Piety St.
Ellsworth WI, 54011

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Gerald (Jerry) William Gutting, age 85, of Ellsworth died unexpectedly on July 30, 2022 at his residence. Jerry was born to William and Doris (Hollinger) Gutting on May 26, 1937 in Trimbelle Township, Pierce County, Wisconsin. He attended St. Francis Elementary School being one of the first classes to graduate from 8th grade from the school! Jerry attended Ellsworth High School graduating with the class of 1955. He enlisted in the Naval Air Reserves serving eight proud years in our country’s military.  Jerry worked for Chicago Northwestern Railroad as a depot agent for 11 years.  On June 18, 1960, Jerry was united in marriage to the love of his life, Betty Buckner. Their union blessed them with 62 years of marriage and two daughters, Dawn and Kathy.

The best way to describe Jerry was he had an amazing sense of humor. Throughout the trials of life, he always lived by “Just take the hand that is dealt to you”. Jerry was an avid Green Bay Packer, Milwaukee Brewers, and Wisconsin Badger fan. He enjoyed spending time with his daughters as they grew up taking them on trips to their cabin up in Minong, WI, fishing with them and trying to catch the largest fish in the lake! Jerry was an extremely generous person when it came to his time. He was willing to help people with just about anything. Jerry and Betty traveled to 49 states in their 62-years of marriage in a motorhome and the wide-open roads of America. After a 31-year career at 3M, Jerry retired and they became snowbirds to Casa Grande, AZ for the last 26 years.

Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Betty; children: Dawn (Rollie) Koch, and Kathy (Pete) Schommer; grandchildren: Jolene (Chad) Moreau, Alyssa (Alex) Blom, Justin (Jess) Koch, Katelyn (Patrick) Woolcock, Molly Schommer, and Jordan Schommer; great grandchildren: Alana, Alden, Adalyn, Leah, Hannah, and Isaiah. He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Doris Gutting; brothers, Richard Gutting, Peter Gutting; sisters, Mary Anne McDermott and Sharon McHenry.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:00pm Saturday, August 6, 2022 at St. Francis Catholic Parish: 231 W Woodworth St. Ellsworth, WI 54011 with Fr. David Olson officiating. A visitation will begin at 10:00am until the start of Mass. Burial will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery in Ellsworth. The Kinne-Engelhart American Legion Post #204 will present military honors.

Services are entrusted to O’Connell Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ellsworth, www.oconnellfuneralservices.com, 715-273-4421.

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  • We had so much fun times with jerry and Betty, they were the first ones we met in casa grande. We went to baseball games of course to watch both our teams play. We will miss he’s laugher and smiles. We send our love to you Betty and your family.

  • My thoughts and prayers are with Betty and the whole family. Jerry was such a wonderful man, with such a great attitude! He will be missed by all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.

  • Our deepest condolences to Jerry’s family. Our thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Our first and lasting memory of Jerry was a voice over the wall at the pool in Casa Grande. “Must be the Canadians here because they are in the ice pond” 🥰
    Dan and Dawn Leshures

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty and her family.
    He will be missed here in Arizona. Hugs

  • Jerry was a wonderful friend. He was truly an inspiration with his awesome outlook on life and terrific sense of humor. We will sure miss his quick wit and great hugs. Our hearts are very sad, but filled with lots of great memories.

    Sending Prayers, hugs, and love, to Betty, Dawn, Kathy, and their families.

    Rest In Peace, Jerry! We will miss you…😢

  • Sending love and prayers for your family!
    So very sorry to hear of your sudden loss, my heart goes out to all of you at this extremely difficult time. Praying for comfort and peace.
    With Love, Valerie (Brickner) Przybylski

  • Our entire sympathy to the entire Gutting Family in the loss of Jerry.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.