Jerome A. "Jerry" GulanJerome A. "Jerry" Gulan, 76, of Mission, Texas, and summertime resident of Hurley, Wis., died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Mich.
Jerome A. "Jerry" Gulan, 76, of Mission, Texas, and summertime resident of Hurley, Wis., died unexpectedly Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012, at Aspirus Grand View Hospital in Ironwood, Mich.
He was born Sept. 15, 1935, in Ironwood, son of Leone (Sawicki) and the late Anton Gulan, attended St. Mary's Grade School in Hurley, and graduated from J.E. Murphy High School in 1953. He then worked locally in logging with his father for a short time.
On June 4, 1955, Jerry was married to the former Martha J. Rajala of Montreal, Wis. at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley by the late Monsignor Michael Prock. They moved to Two Harbors where Jerry was employed by Reserve Mining Co. in Silver Bay for many years. Upon his retirement as a supervisor in 1989, they moved to Maple Grove and had later Mission, where they resided for the past 12 years.
Jerry was a member of Our Lady of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Mission, Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Two Harbors and attended St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley. He also belonged to the Knights of Columbus Council in Silver Bay and the Moose Lodge in Two Harbors. He loved to golf, fish, read and work crossword puzzles, was an avid Green Bay Packers fan and liked a good beer. He especially enjoyed being a super grandpa fan for his grandchildren's extracurricular activities.
Surviving are his wife, Martha, of 57 years; two sons, Scott (Sheryl), Charlotte, N.C., and Mark (Paula), Maple Grove; a daughter, JerriLynn (Steven) Johnson, Maple Grove; six grandchildren, Cory (Heidi) Johnson, Fargo, N.D., Tiffany Johnson, and Matthew and Anna Gulan, all of Maple Grove, and Christine and Jacob Gulan, Charlotte; his mother, Leone Gulan, Hurley; three brothers, Larry, Ironwood, Gene (Kay) of Wausau, Wis., and Tony (Jeanne), Shell Lake, Wis.; numerous nieces and nephews; and many close friends in Mission who he considered his family.
Besides his father, Jerry was preceded in death by a sister, Cathryn Foster, in 1957; and sister-in-law, Sally Gulan, in 2005.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 14, at 11 a.m., preceded by visitation at 10 a.m., at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Hurley, with the Rev. Frank Kordek OFM, celebrant.
Luncheon will follow in the parish hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred to St. Mary's Catholic Church, Hurley, or Our Lady of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Mission.
Jerry's obituary may be viewed online and condolences given to his family at mckevittpatrickfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements are entrusted to McKevitt-Patrick Funeral Home and Cremation Services of Ironwood, Mich.