Gerald T. "Jerry" Boehler, 81, of Tiffin, passed away at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012, at Volunteers of America Autumnwood Care Center, Tiffin.
He was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Tiffin, to Richard and Ida (Bormuth) Boehler. He married his wife, Jane Thiel, Oct. 22, 1955, at St. Peters Catholic Church, Upper Sandusky, and she survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Colleen (Glen) Steyer of Rochester Hills, Mich., and Nancy (Thomas) Miller of Forest; three sons, Jerry (Marty) Boehler of Perrysburg and Robert (Mary Ann) Boehler and Dennis (Sharon) Boehler, both of Tiffin; 11 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one brother, Paul Boehler of Tiffin; one sister, Virginia Miletti of Tiffin; and two sisters-in law, Alice Boehler of Hingham, Mass., and Rose (Terry) Reister of Port Clinton.
He also was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Helen Bender and Mary Jo Mumper; and three brothers, Richard, Donald and James.
Jerry graduated from Tiffin Calvert High School. He then spent four years in the United States Navy as a petty officer during the Korean War where he sailed on both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. He loved spending time with his children and grandchildren. After retiring from General Electric as a maintenance electrician at the age of 53, much of his time was spent taking family and friends boating and fishing on Lake Erie and Lake Michigan.
His Mass of Christian burial will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012, at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tiffin, with the Rev. Michael Roemmele officiating. Burial will follow at St. Mary Catholic Cemetery, Tiffin, with military honors being conducted by the United Veterans Council. A rosary will be prayed 20 minutes prior to Mass.
Friends may visit with the family from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21 at Hoffmann-Gottfried-Mack Funeral Home & Crematory, 236 S. Washington St., Tiffin, Ohio 44883, (419) 447-2424. A Christian wake service will begin at 3:30 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Mary Catholic Church, Calvert Catholic Schools, Mercy Cancer Center or Community Hospice Care.
Condolences may be sent and the guestbook signed at www.hgmackfuneralhome.com.