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Jerome J Bjerke

June 15, 1932 June 1, 2019
Jerome J Bjerke
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Obituary for Jerome J Bjerke

Jerome Bjerke, 86, of Black River Falls, passed away Saturday, June 1, 2019 at Black River Memorial Hospital, in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. He was born June 15, 1932 in Black River Falls to Julius and Catherine (Savage) Bjerke.

He served in the US Army during the Korean War on the island of Okinawa. He married Verna Reichenbach in July 1953. Jerome worked the counter at the Black River Falls Post Office for many years. Jerome was a long-time member of the Black River Falls Volunteer Fire Department, and was Emergency Medical Technician #45 in the State of Wisconsin. Jerome also spent many years on the Black River Falls City Council, several of those years as president of the council. He was a life member of Thompson-Red Cloud Medal of Honor Post 1959, Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Jerome is survived by his sons Randy (Pam) and Robin; grandchildren Rebecca (Jason) Ayers of Elizabeth City, North Carolina, Kirsten (Matt) Savage of Bozeman, Montana, and Bailey of Cushing, Wisconsin and three great grandchildren, Juliet, Julius, and Julian Ayers. He is also survived by sister in law Jan Bjerke; and brothers in law Joseph (Bonnie) Reichenbach, Neil (Judy) Reichenbach, and Alvin (Julie) Reichenbach.

He was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws James and Nellie Reichenbach; wife Verna, and special friend Kathy Heath. In addition, he was preceded in death by his sister Lou Ella Bohac, and brother Donald Bjerke.

He oftentimes remarked that it was a measure of a person’s intelligence, no matter what they are doing, to have fun while doing it.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m., Friday, June 14, 2019 at Black River Falls United Methodist Church with Pastor John Paul officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Riverside Cemetery in Black River Falls. Honors will be performed by American Legion Post 200 and VFW post 1959 of Black River Falls.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., Thursday, June 13, 2019 at Buswell Funeral Home and also one hour prior to services on Friday at the church.

Pallbearers will be Joe Reichenbach, Dan Wilke, Jason Ayers, Julius Ayers, Julian Ayers, and Scott Anderson. Honorary pallbearers will be Jeff Amo, Bill Arndt, and John Smith.


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Visitation

Thursday

13

Jun

5:00 PM 6/13/2019 5:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 6/13/2019 7:00:00 PM
Buswell Funeral Home

106 S 2nd Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Buswell Funeral Home
106 S 2nd Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States

Visitation

Friday

14

Jun

10:00 AM 6/14/2019 10:00:00 AM - 11:00 AM 6/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
United Metodist Church

100 N. 4th Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

United Metodist Church
100 N. 4th Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States

Service

Friday

14

Jun

11:00 AM 6/14/2019 11:00:00 AM
United Metodist Church

100 N. 4th Street
Black River Falls, WI 54615

Pastor John Paul officiating

United Metodist Church
100 N. 4th Street Black River Falls 54615 WI
United States
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