Farming Rural 01

Jerry E. Gaerte

April 29, 1953 ~ May 21, 2021 (age 68)


Jerry E. Gaerte, 68, of Albion, passed away on May 21, 2021, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. 

He was born at Lucky Hospital in Wolf Lake, on April 29, 1953, to Gene and Mary Ann (Geiger) Gaerte.  He spent his formative years in Noble County, graduating from Central Noble High School in 1972.

Jerry was married to Carolyn "Candy" Smith at Big Lake Church of God in Whitley County, on December 11, 1982.

He retired from Dexter Axle in 2009, after 32 years of service. While at Dexter he did many different jobs.

Jerry loved to fish. He also enjoyed celebrating his boys and their many different accomplishments. Whether it was farming, excavating, or engineering, he was very proud. He was especially proud to be a Grandpa "Papa" to Makinsley. 

Jerry is survived by his wife of 38 years, Candy Gaerte; his mother, Mary Ann Gaerte; his three sons, Danny Hart, Joshua (Cassi) Gaerte, and Jason (Noelle) Gaerte; a sister, Deborah (Jack) Gaff; four brothers, Steven (Vickie) Gaerte, Daniel (Trudy) Gaerte, Alvin (Debra) Gaerte, and George (Jody) Gaerte and his granddaughter, Makinsley Gaerte.

He was preceded in death by his father, Gene Gaerte on November 18, 1999.

Service will take place at Blue River Church of the Brethren on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service.
The family will receive family and friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco Chapel, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 2 to 8 p.m.

Burial taking place at Wolf Lake Cemetery.

Memorials to Charter Oak Church or Noble or Whitley County Gideon.

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Public Viewing
May 26, 2021

2:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Sheets & Childs Funeral Home - Churubusco
206 North Main Street
Churubusco, IN 46723

Public Viewing
May 27, 2021

9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 E 700 N
Columbia City, IN 46725

Funeral Service
May 27, 2021

10:00 AM
Blue River Church of the Brethren
3040 E 700 N
Columbia City, IN 46725

Interment following funeral service
May 27, 2021

Wolf Lake Cemetery
CR 450 W
Wolf Lake, IN 46701


Charter Oak Community Church
4899 S 300 E-57, Churubusco IN 46723

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PO Box 863, Kendallville IN 46755

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PO Box 688, Columbia City IN 46725

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