Gerald Willis Wolter a.k.a. “Skinner”, “Oiler”, “Smiley”, “Shortie”, age 79, of Orfordville, passed away on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at Mercy Hospital, Janesville, after losing his battle with cancer. Gerald was born August 14, 1933 in Beloit, the son of Willis and Cora (Adams) Wolter. He married Betty Ann Marie Wendlant on August 15, 1953 in Brodhead at Bethlehem Lutheran Church.
Gerald farmed around the Brodhead area for 4-5 years, working for the Wyss Farms, Whitewater Fertilizer, Arndt Feed Service, Milton, MacArthur Mink Ranch, Hacklanders Mink Farm, both of Janesville, and Blue Ribbon Mink Farm, Beloit. He was a member of UAW Local 95 and had worked at General Motors for 45 years, retiring in July of 2008. He loved gardening, flowers, working on the farm, lawn mowing and was a hobbyist wine maker. Gerald loved his children and grandchildren, and family gatherings. He was also a volunteer for Green County Nutrition at the Brodhead Site.
Gerald is survived by his wife Betty, seven children, Debra (Cliff) Bollig, Gerard (Pam) Wolter, Susan (Neal) Thom, Dennis (Brenda) Wolter, Peter Wolter, all of Janesville, William (Keelie) Wolter, Milton, Gary Wolter and friend Heather, Footville; eighteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, one great-great-grandson; three brothers, Harvey (Janet) Wolter,Venice, FL, Ronald (Sue) Wolter and Melvin (Carol Sue) Wolter, both of Brodhead; a sister, Linda (Wayne) Rasmussen, Janesville, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded by his parents, and sister-in-law Sharon Wolter.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, February 6, 2013, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Brodhead, with Pastor Peder Johanson officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery, Brodhead. Visitation will be held on Tuesday from 4-7 p.m. at the D.L. NEWCOMER FUNERAL HOME, BRODHEAD.
Family and friends will miss Gerald’s “go get em” attitude and kind nature.