Gerald's Story

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Gerald W. Berndt, 49, of Kokomo, formerly of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, found peace in the arms of his loving Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, in the morning. Jerry was born on June 15, 1968, in Columbus, Wisconsin, to Clifford and Bonnie (Erdmann) Berndt. He was confirmed at St. Stephen's Lutheran Church in Beaver Dam.
Jerry graduated from Beaver Dam High School in 1986. He entered the United States Air Force in 1987 and proudly served our country overseas during Operation Desert Storm in Kuwait. He completed his tour of duty in 1992, discharged as a Sargent. Jerry was employed at Subaru in Lafayette, for the past 24 years. He enjoyed sports and spending time outdoors, especially fishing with his brothers.
Jerry was a loving father, who raised three sons that meant the world to him. Jerry loved coaching baseball and watching his son's games, and taking family trips together. On July 12, 2015, he married Sandie Bennett in Mackinac Island, Michigan. Their marriage was filled with many special memories, memories to last a lifetime. He loved to dance, sing karaoke and have bonfires with Sandie and their newly expanded family. Jerry and his wife, together, enjoyed working on home projects, building a loving home for their families.
Although he moved away, in his heart he always held a special place for Wisconsin. He loved the Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin's cheese. Jerry always had a smile, a hug for everyone, and ended every conversation with those close to him with an "I love you." Jerry was a lifelong believer in Jesus Christ and lived his life according to his faith.
Survivors include his wife Sandie J. Berndt, Kokomo; children Austin R. (Taylor Dittfield) Berndt, Kokomo, Adam G. Berndt, Kokomo, Alex J. (Candace Staton) Garcia, Kokomo, Isaiah T. (Katherine) Bennett, Indianapolis, Gabriel J. (Samantha Miller) Bennett, Kokomo, and Danielle (Matthew) Cook, Virginia; siblings, Darryl (Kris) Berndt, Columbus, Wisconsin, Tom (Lauria) Berndt, Columbus, Wisconsin, Nancy (Kevin) Posthuma, Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, Randy Berndt, South San Francisco, California, and Patti (Lee) England, Columbus, Wisconsin; grandchildren Christian, Caiden, and Collin Cook and Harla Staton; many nieces and nephews; and other relatives and friends.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Jeffrey Berndt; and sister, Pam Denninger.
In celebration of Jerry's life, funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, 2017, at Lutheran Church of Our Redeemer, 705 E. Southway Boulevard, with Pastors Bill Allison and Barry Akers officiating. Burial will follow in Albright Cemetery with Military honors by the Kokomo VFW. Friends may visit with the family from 5 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Stout & Son Funeral Home, 200 E. Main St. Russiaville, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.
Online condolences may be left at www.stoutandson.com. Memorials may also be made to the family, to benefit his sons.
Published on September 2, 2017
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