YANKTON, S.D. — Jerome Wuebben, 84, a U.S. Army veteran and long-time employee of Gurney’s Seed and Nursery, died March 6, 2012.
Mass of Christian Burial was March 10 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Yankton, with the Rev. Dan Smith and Rev. Dan Guenther officiating.
Burial was in the Sacred Heart Cemetery, Yankton, with military graveside rites by Ernest Bowyer VFW Post #791 Honor Guard and SDARNG, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Visitations were March 9 at the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home and Crematory, Yankton.
Pallbearers were his grandsons, Michael, Matthew and Christopher Amon; James, Jeremy, Benjamin, Nicholas and Eric Wuebben; and Brian Pauling.
Jerome Leo Wuebben was born Sept. 29, 1927, in a farmhouse near St. Helena. He was the third child of 10 for Bernard and Josephine (Weber) Wuebben. They were descendants of one of St. Helena’s founding families.
Jerome attended school through the eighth grade at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, St. Helena. He then worked full-time on the farm with his father, often traveling to Sioux City, Iowa, to sell livestock. He was drafted into the Army in July 1945, shortly before the end of World War II. After basic training in Missouri, he served more than a year at Fort Lewis near Tacoma, Wash. He returned home to Nebraska to work on the family farm in 1947. After his father’s death in 1948, he formed a partnership with his mother and older brother, Clarence, to manage the family’s livestock business. He married Audrey Kleinschmidt, Menominee, June 3, 1953, in St. Boniface Catholic Church, Menominee. They soon moved to Yankton, where he worked at Thompson Lumberyard and as a construction worker. In 1958, he began a 38-year career at Gurney’s in downtown Yankton, much of it as a foreman leading the company’s maintenance unit. He then worked for Shur-Co, Yankton, until he retired.
The couple had five children, with whom Jerome enjoyed fishing and hunting.
In his later life, Jerome enjoyed seeing his brothers and sisters at family reunions and spending time with his 13 grandchildren.
For the past six years, Jerome lived at the Avera Yankton Care Center, where he died.
Jerome is survived by his wife of 58 years, Audrey; his five children and spouses, Linda Pauling, Albertville, Minn.; Kenneth and Randa Wuebben, Yankton, S.D.; Mary and Robert Amon, Yankton, S.D.; Ronald Wuebben of Yankton; and Richard and Ellyn Wuebben, Sioux Falls, S.D.; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three brothers, Clarence Wuebben, Edon, Ohio; Gerald Wuebben, Gayville, S.D.; and Francis Wuebben, Sioux Falls, S.D.; four sisters, Loretta Leise, Englewood, Colo.; Helen Carlson, Wausa; Roseanne Kleinschmidt, Wausa; and Clara Dodson, Collinsville, Okla.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and two sisters, Leona and Hilaria.