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Gerald Hart Wilson

March 5, 2018 | 13 comments

Gerald Hart Wilson, 77, of Trempealeau, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 2, 2018 in his home. He was born on December 8, 1940. He married Penny Owens on June 25, 1988 in Aurora, IL.

Affectionately nicknamed Running Bare. He loved watching baseball and football, playing solitaire, and checking out Facebook to see what everyone was up too. He always had his own version of what he had read and loved to tell anyone who would listen. He could be found feeding and watching the birds and his pet squirrel, whom he named Buster. It didn’t matter if you were his biological family, Jerry built his family on love and making his family huge.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Penny; daughters, Sherry (Chris) Spinelli, Mary Wilson Salazar, Denise (Paul) Fletcher; sons, Bob (Michelle) Pendzinski, Kevin (Mandy) Wilson, Jerry Wilson, Trevor Wilson, Donnie Davis; 30 grandchildren; several great grandchildren; best friend, Don Owens; and his first wife and lifelong friend, Irma Heintz; a large number of loving nieces and nephews; and special sister-in-law, Irina, and the rest of our Russian family. He was preceded in death by his parents and 8 brothers and sisters.



  1. Don Owens

    Jerry Its hard to believe your gone. Everyday is hard since you left us. We are lost without you.We are keeping an eye on Penny for you. She misses you so much. Keep an eye on my boys since your up in Heaven with them, tell them I love them and miss them, Take care,, your best friend, love you buddy

  2. Kristi Owens

    Aunt Penny,
    I can’t imagine what you are going through right now. Uncle Jerry will be missed! He’s was an amazing man! I will miss the weekly phone calls to you when he answers the phone, and we chat for a bit and then you get on the phone! There are no words anyone can say to help you ease the pain! Just know we love you, and we are here for you! I’m here for you, if you need anything! May the memories that you have of Uncle Jerry help you find peace.

  3. Corey Owens

    Uncle Jerry,
    I hope I can be half the man you were. You taught me so much in life and I wish I could have learned more from you. I wish I could of spent more time with you. I will keep an eye on Aunt Penny for you. I love you and I wish you were still here but your in peace now and you knew you were always my favorite. I’m going to miss watching sports with you. Please tell my brothers I miss and love them. Keep an eye out for the family. Ill always miss you making fun of me but I know your in a better place and someday we’ll see you again.
    Your nephew,

  4. Jack

    Jerry you were a great uncle, you would have taken you shirt off to give it to someone in need you and Penny let me live with you while I got back on my feet. You will truly be missed

  5. Irina An

    Our Dearest Penny,

    All of us are deeply saddened by the loss of our Jerry- the kindest person and your beloved husband. A good heart has stopped beating and in these moment of loss, words are useless because they cannot express our sorrow and ease the pain of this great loss.

    Jerry’s wonderful and gentle soul will forever remain in our hearts. I remember all good time we spend together, I remember Jerry’s caring personality, wonderful sense of humor and contagious laugh. As I told you, no one would replace our Jerry. But our Jerry is resting in peace and this should give us the strength to bear the great pain.
    In this sorrowful time, we should stick together. I offer my most heartfelt condolences and well-wishes during this dark time in your life. We will be here for you at any time, please stay in touch and do not isolate yourself. Remember that our door is always open for you. I hope you will be comforted at least a little by the outpouring of Love surrounding you. Jerry’s fond memories will be always alive!

    Love you so much, my dear Sister-in-Law,
    Irina with Warmest Wishes

  6. Jim Molitor, Jr

    Penny, my heartfelt condolences to You & Your Family over the loss of Jerry. May God
    be with You & bless You always. Prayers coming Your way Cousin. xoxo

  7. Jim and Robin Tossing

    We are deeply sorry for your loss. May you find peace in the happy memories you shared. He is resting in God’s loving arms.
    Prayers and hugs to you.

  8. Michele Clark

    Rest In Peace running bear. I miss you! I love you!

  9. Pamela Anderson

    Penny, I am so sorry for your loss. I know Jerry is watching over you. Jerry and Ron are up their having coffee and coffee cake. Jerry was a wonderful person. He will be missed dearly. Penny, I’m here for you any time!

  10. Amy Pec

    Jerry was a sweet-kind person. He will be missed.
    I’m here for you Penny

  11. Marina An and Peter Hanson

    Dear Jerry, you are missed more and more with every day passed. It is very sad to realize that you are not going to be with us on our family parties, but it is enlightening to remember all your jokes and pickings on those you loved so much. You loved life and good laugh so much. We promise we will continue having fun for you and with you. Your soul will always have a special place in our hearts and at our table through your wonderful wife, your best friend, your soulmate and simply a beautiful woman – PENNY.
    Dear Penny and Jerry. You will always will be Penny and Jerry for us. We love you so much.

  12. Danielle S Jendrzejowski

    Dear Penny, I’m saddened to see Jerry no longer with us. He seemed like a very high spirited man with a lot of fire and love in his soul, not to forget a lot of spitfire wit 🙂 Your family is so blessed to have such a loving soul surrounding you. Although you may not see him, you will remain to feel his presence of love and memories of happiness, that will never slip thru your fingers. God bless Penny. Thinking of the both of you, love Dani.

  13. Shirley Wilson Lawton

    Sorry to hear Uncle Jerry has passed , have not seen him for years . But he was family. Deepest sympathy.

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