Jerry A. Fricke, 81, of Winfield, passed away on Sunday, August 20, 2023, at his home in Winfield. A visitation will be held on Friday, August 25, 2023 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Snyder & Hollenbaugh Funeral & Cremation Services of Winfield. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 26, 2023 at the Winfield United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the Sheridan Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to the Winfield First Responders or the Winfield Habitat for Humanity House. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.sandhfuneralservice.com.
Jerry Alden Fricke was born May 5, 1942 in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Charles Jr. and Ella Mae (Perrenoud) Fricke. He graduated from Mt. Union Consolidated School in 1960 and from Iowa State University in 1965. Jerry married Phyllis Kay McDonald and the couple later divorced. He was united in marriage to Patsy Jean Dunsmore Ross on February 28, 1987 in Mt. Union, Iowa.
After a start in ag product sales, Jerry returned to southeast Iowa where he farmed most of his life. Throughout his career, Jerry also pursued another passion as a builder and contractor. He was still working on several projects. Jerry enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting pheasant and quail. He placed great importance on conservation as he completed multiple improvements on his land. Jerry was always willing to quietly support or actively participate in a community project. He would give of his time, talents, or “big boy toys” to lend a hand up. Jerry served on many boards throughout the community including the WMU School, Sunrise Terrace, Prairie Ag Co-op, and Sheridan Cemetery. Jerry loved his family dearly and took great pride in being his grandchildren’s #1 fan.
Jerry will be deeply missed by his wife, Pat Fricke of Winfield; children: Jerilyn (Allan) Luers of Middletown, Darin (Diana) Fricke of Winfield, Mason (Emily) Ross of Morning Sun, and Sam (Kelly) Ross of Wapello; grandchildren: Kate Luers; Grant (Metaija), Max (Alison), and Brock Fricke; Nolan Ross; and Brenton (Sadie), Evan, and Macoy Ross; sister, Sharon (Jerry) Davis of Salem; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents.