Gerald ‘Uncle Gerry’ Richard
December 30, 1938 — January 5, 2020
Gerald “Uncle Gerry” LeRoy Richard, 81, of Minong died Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020, at the Brentwood Memory Care in Rice Lake.
He was born Dec. 30, 1938, in Minong to Julius and Muriel (Barber) Richard. Gerry graduated from Northwood High School in Minong and then entered the U.S. National Guard, then entered the U.S. Army and was honorably discharged. He married Gale Peters in 2001 and she preceded him in death in 2014.
Gerry was a male model in Chicago, worked at a copper mine, worked on a sheep ranch, was a sailboat captain and airplane pilot, owned a restaurant and bar and also owned and operated Northwoods Marine Canvas for many years in Minong. He was a great story teller and prankster. He loved to read about aviation and to go to airplane shows.
He is survived by his siblings, Donald and Shirley Richards of Minong, Duane Richard of Minong and Judy and Jack White of Shell Lake; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Julius and Muriel Richard; and two sisters, Marjorie Richard and Sue Michealson; and a brother, James Richard.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Longbranch Saloon and Eatery in Minong. Graveside services and military rites will be held at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Spooner at a later date.
Appleyard’s Home for Funerals in Rice Lake is assisting the family with arrangements.