Jerome Francis Heidt was born on March 13, 1934, to Francis Henry Heidt and Myrtle Odele Stang in Richland Center, Wisconsin. He and his sisters, Judy and Mary Jane, were a playful bunch, exploring the active joys of the outdoors and the limits of physics, or so the legends tell, not to mention making the bed once you got up in the morning.
Jerry, as he was known to his friends, enjoyed grasping at the adventures life offered with a wit, verve and humor that would shed insight into the anomalies of human imperfection and the intemperance of our institutions. Jerry graduated from Plymouth High School in 1948, after running a few backroads, bowling parlors and ball fields. He attended and graduated from his beloved alma mater, the University of Wisconsin, during the time of Ameche. He then entered the service, luckily between endless wars, and was stationed in Germany. A paratrooper in the 101st Airbourne, flown into the Middle East during the thankfully defusing Suez Crisis, he returned home, kissed his mother, hugged his dad, and had a beer.
Jerry was a ball playing, Buddy Holly dancing, dog loving joy, with a big hook on the lanes. Jerry loved life and loved to work. He joined Montgomery Ward as a Human Resource Director and moved to Illinois with his wife and sons, Andrew and Daniel. He toiled and he played and was active in politics. On October 1, 1983, he married the love of his life, Marguerite.
Jerry spent time basking in his wisdom, storytelling and philosophical orations, and went on to work as Personnel and Safety Director for Robinson Bus. He enjoyed every moment he spent with his grandchildren, Max Francis and Kaia Willow. He was readily described as “one in a million” for his zeal for life, the natural rhythms of humor and insight.
Jerry passed on Monday, March 8, 2021, and will be loved and missed by his friends and family.
A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, May 1, 2021, at 1:30 p.m., at HABEN Funeral Home & Crematory, 8057 Niles Center Rd., Skokie. [Please note: Face masks and social distancing required, with a maximum of 50 people allowed in the funeral home at any given time.] Inurnment, with Military Honors, to follow at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to a charity of your choice.
Funeral info: 847.673.6111.