GERALD (JERRY) E. KOLPITCKE
June 12, 1936 to July 30, 2018
Jerry Kolpitcke passed away peacefully at his home of 40 years in Martinez, Ca., after a long illness. He was born in Madison, Wisconsin to Harry and Laurie (Holt) Kolpitcke. When he was three, the family moved to Janesville, Wisconsin, where he lived throughout his school years. In high school, Jerry played golf and tennis, and was the 1st chair trumpet in the band, and also formed a swing band. After graduation, he enrolled at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, where he was in the university marching band.
After graduating from UW, Jerry served in the U.S. Navy as Communication and Watch officer aboard the U.S.S. Staten Island, and was with the Commander Service Squadron Three in the Pacific.
After his service in the Navy, Jerry went to work for Employers’ Insurance of Wausau and was transferred to the San Francisco office. It was while working in San Francisco that he met his future wife Nancy.
He continued his education at the University of San Francisco, and completed his CPCU degree.
Jerry was an avid San Francisco 49ers and Giants fan, and he enjoyed watching many football and baseball games at Candlestick Park with his family. He loved his weekly golf outings, and camping, especially in the redwoods of northern California. Above all, he was a devoted husband to his wife of 49 years, Nancy, and father to his two children, Scott and Kirstin, seldom missing their sports and music activities
Jerry and Nancy loved to travel in the United States, often with their good friends, Mike and Ellen Thompson. They also enjoyed numerous cruises.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife, Nancy of Martinez, son Scott and daughter in law Linda of Powell, Wyoming, daughter Kirstin of Sacramento, his two adored grandchildren, Kayla and Ryan, brother and sister-in-law, John and Constance Kolpitcke of Cornelius, North Carolina, sister Janice Faber of Janesville, WI., two great nephews, Andrew and Bryan Kolpitcke of Centerville, Ohio, his aunts, Arlene Laeffel and Delores Sherbert of Wausau, WI., and many cousins. He was preceded in death by his mother and father, and his nephew Ken Kolpitcke.
A memorial service will be held August 18th, at 10:00 a.m. at Connolly & Taylor Chapel in Martinez, 4000 Alhambra Ave.www.connolly-taylorchapel.com. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations in Jerry’s name to Hospice of the East Bay.