Jerry John Wenger

July 19, 1931 - January 20, 2015
Jerry John Wenger


Jerry Wenger, age 83, born July 19, 1931 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, still madly in love with his wife, Dolores (Crips/Wieck), after 60-plus years, passed away suddenly on January 20, 2015 at his home in Wilmington, North Carolina.

His love for Dolores produced five children, who will miss him very much: Rani (Michael) Marek, of Grand Rapids, Michigan; Debbie VanderMolen, of Columbia, South Carolina; Vickie (Lee) Grzeck, of Wilmington, North Carolina; Doug Wenger, of Salem, Oregon; and Jeri (Jeff) Holmes(grandchildren Kaden and Elijah), of Fremont, Michigan.

Jerry was especially delighted with his grandchildren, listed in order of their arrival: Jason (Andrea Frens) Witte (with their children Madison and Aiden), of Suffolk, Virginia; Aaron (Tara Barr) Witte (with their son Ethan), of La Crosse, Wisconsin; Robert VanderMolen, of Charleston, South Carolina; Kevin (Ashlee Baker) VanderMolen, of Ephrata, Pennsylvania; Bryan (Ana Milliones) Grzeck, of Raleigh, North Carolina; Sean (fiancee Laura Sawyer) Grzeck, of Brookline, Massachusetts; and Joshua (Amy Fitch) VanZyl, of Wyoming, Michigan; and his precious great-grandchildren, Madison, Kaden, Elijah, and Aiden.

Jerry served in the US Navy during the Korean Conflict before settling into marriage and family life, supporting his growing family first by working for the City of Grand Rapids, Michigan, while attending Grand Rapids Junior College. From there he went on to serve as Assistant Manger and then Manager of the Beneficial Finance and Commonwealth Loan companies in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, and Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. After that he served as Manager of Grand Valley Co-op Credit Union in Grand Rapids, Michigan, finally retiring as the President/CEO of the Gerber Products Federal Credit Union in Fremont, Michigan. After retirement, Jerry and Dolores lived first in Goose Creek, South Carolina and, most recently, here in Wilmington, North Carolina. Jerry loved people, and never forgot a single soul that he had ever met.

Jerry was predeceased by his parents, Gerald Isaac and Edna May (Zuidema) Wenger, and by Dolores’s parents Harold and Wilma (Woodrick) Wieck.

Jerry never ended a phone conversation with his children without saying “I love you,” nor without sending his love to their children. Nor did he ever forget to remind his children that he “would have never amounted to anything, or probably even survived, without Dolores.” Jerry was an honest and a good man, a sinner saved by grace through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ – a Christian man. He will be greatly missed, and never forgotten.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday January 23, 2015 at Wilmington Chapel.

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Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • January 23, 2015
    Jim and Connie Ames says:
    Our thoughts are with you and your family.

  • January 23, 2015
    Robert and Frances Pearce says:
    Sending prayers of peace and comfort for Debbie, Kevin, Ashlee,and family.

  • January 22, 2015
    Trina Morgan says:
    My sincere condolences to Doug and family on the passing of his beloved father. God Bless You.

  • January 21, 2015
    Lori Little (Ensing) says:
    So sorry for you loss. He will be missed. I really enjoyed Jerry as my boss and glad he always had the door open for me when I came back to work in Fremont.

  • January 21, 2015
    Barb Nelson says:
    My sympathy to Delores and all of Jerry's family. I worked for Jerry at the Gerber Federal Credit Union and he remains at the top of the list of the people who I worked for. The few of us that are still here have many memories of good times while he was with the Credit Union. You are in my thoughts and prayers.