Jerry Lenz, age 85, of Madison, passed away Saturday, December 23, 2023 at Madison Regional Health System.
Mass of Christian Burial will be 10:30 AM on Friday, December 29th at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church with Father Anthony Urban as the Celebrant. Visitation will be 5-7 PM on Thursday at Rustand-Weiland Funeral Chapel with a prayer service at 7 PM and a Rosary to follow. Visitation will continue from 9:30-10:15 AM on Friday at the funeral chapel followed by process to the church for mass. Burial will be in St. Thomas Cemetery.
Jerome Raymond Lenz was born on March 2, 1938 in Ellsworth, MN to Adolph and Katherine (Schmidt) Lenz. He graduated from Ellsworth High School in 1955 and entered the Navy in 1957. He was honorably discharged in 1961 and attended SDSU until his employment with East River Electric in Madison, SD. He met the love of his life, Mary Barron, in Ellsworth, MN and they were united in marriage on June 9, 1962. They made their home in Madison where he continued to work for East River until his retirement in 1998 after 37 years of service.
Jerry and Mary enjoyed vacations, camping and snowmobiling with friends and family when their children were younger. He looked forward to deer and pheasant hunting with good friends and his relatives. Jerry was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Elks Club in Madison. Friends and family benefited from his many handyman skills.
After retirement, Jerry and Mary liked spending time in their vacation home at the Missouri River where they enjoyed fishing and socializing with dear friends.
He and Mary valued the time they were able to spend with their children and grandchildren. They were able to celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary in 2017, 3 months prior to Mary’s passing in November of that year.
Jerry is survived by daughter, Teresa (Max) Krause of Walker, MN; son, Jim (Joline) of Prescott Valley, AZ; grandchildren, Caitlin, Samantha, and Hannah; sister, Carolee Lenz of Clara City, MN; and many beloved nieces, nephews and friends.
Preceding him in death were his parents; siblings, Francis Wagner, Kathleen Rensch, Roman Lenz, Lucille Kealey, Donna Becker, and Carolee Lenz; and wife, Mary, whom he cherished.