Gerald P. “Butch” Weadge age 81, of Boscobel, passed away on Saturday May 22, 2021 at his home, in Boscobel, surrounded by his family after a short illness. He was born March 1, 1940 in Boscobel to Ronald and Gladys (Gross) Weadge. He married Velma Ann Mezera on January 27, 1962 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel. They were married for 59 years.
Butch was born and raised in Boscobel. He loved to take long rides in the early mornings on the country roads looking for deer and wild turkeys. That was his quiet time of the day before he went to work. If he could get out and drive seven days a week, he did. He knew every back road there was to know.
He started working as an auto mechanic for Swenson’s & Sons in 1968 in their downtown location. When they moved the business to the outskirts of town, he went with them. When the business was sold to Fillback’s, he was part of the deal. He retired from Fillbacks in 2015 after 47 years of consecutive employment.
He loved to talk shop and play cards. He learned to play cards at an early age by his Grandmother (Mary) Gross and his Aunt Rosie (Rogers). He grew up listening to radio shows like Gunsmoke and the Shadow, and loved any old western such as Have Gun Will Travel. He loved cars, cigars, old-time country music, collecting coins, stamps and beer steins. He always loved a good joke and was quick with a smile.
He loved his family, and the apple of his eye was his two-and-a-half-year-old great-grandson, Jeremiah. They kept each other busy and out of trouble.
Butch’s last days moved swiftly and with the assistance of hospice, he was able to be home with his family until the end.
He is survived by his wife Velma Weadge of Boscobel. A daughter, Lisa Weadge and Husband Jim Fahrenkrug both of Neenah, WI, a son Ronald Weadge of Boscobel and two Grandchildren, Wyatt Weadge of Boscobel, Georgia Weadge of Fennimore and one great-grandson, Jeremiah Weadge of Fennimore. A sister, Helen (Karl) Degenhardt of Boscobel and a brother; Ed Mathews of Rice Lake, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and step-father Hollis Mathews, a sister in law, a nephew, and a great niece.
Memorial Services will be held on Friday May 28, 2021, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Boscobel. Pastor Rich McLear will be officiating and burial will be in the Boscobel Cemetery. Visitation will be from 9-11 am, with the service starting at 11 am.
After the burial, a luncheon will be held at the Boscobel Bowling Alley.
In lieu of flowers memorials can be given to St. John’s Lutheran Church or Boscobel Fire Department. Masks are required and social distancing observed. The Kendall Funeral Service in Boscobel is assisting the family. Online condolences can be sent to www.kendallfuneralservice.com
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