Gerald L. "Jerry" Falck
August 20, 1930 - May 15, 2012

Gerald Leonard Falck, 81, of Cedar Rapids, formerly of Oelwein and Stanley, died at his home in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, May 15, 2012.  He was born August 20, 1930, the son of Otto and Ethel (Hesner) Falck near Lamont. Jerry grew up in the rural Lamont, Aurora area, and graduated from Stanley Consolidated School in 1948.   Later he received his Bachelor Degree from Upper Iowa University.

Jerry was united in marriage to Inabel Griffin on  June 24, 1951, at the Stanley Union Church.  Five children were blessed to this union.  Together they farmed in the Strawberry Point, Arlington, and Stanley area.   Jerry also taught U.S. Government, History and Math at the Oelwein High School for several years.  In 1991 they retired and moved to Oelwein.   After nearly 50 years of marriage, Inabel died in 2001.  Jerry married Beulah Reed Odekirk on August 21, 2004,  in the Union Church rural Aurora,  together they resided in Cedar Rapids.

Jerry's passions were his family, farming, square dancing, riding his motorcycle; and he enjoyed a good (and sometimes spirited) conversation about politics.  Jerry was a life-long member and past president of the Fayette County Farm Bureau.  Jerry's faith in God was deep, personal, and lifelong.  Jerry was a former member of the Stanley Union Church and most recently the First Baptist Church in Oelwein.

Survivors include his wife, Beulah Falck of Cedar Rapids; three children, Steve Falck of Des Moines, Jodi (Brian) Muller of Manchester, and Richard Falck of Oelwein; one son-in-law, Dan (and his special friend, Bonnie O'Brien) Freeman of Independence;  four grandchildren, Jacob Freeman,  Morgan, Zachary, and Kaylee Muller; Beulah's children, Kent (Gloria) Odekirk of Mesa, Arizona, Debbie (Keith) Phelps of Cedar Rapids, and Tina Winkie of Cedar Rapids, and their families;  three brothers, John (Hermina) Falck of Oelwein, Bob (Sandy) Falck of Grinnell, and Jim (Velma)  Falck of Oelwein; one sister, Marcia (Dave) Haier of  Algonquin, Illinois; one sister-in-law, Sharon Falck of Oskaloosa; the extended Griffin family;  and numerous nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his wife, Inabel; two daughters, Janet Freeman and Barbara Falck; one brother, Bill Falck; and his parents.

Arrangements by Leonard-Muller Funeral Home, Manchester and Geilenfeld Funeral Home, Oelwein.

Online condolences may also be sent to www.leonard-mullerfh.com.

Funeral Service:  10:30 a.m.  on Saturday, May 19, 2012, at the First Baptist Church in Oelwein:  Officiating:  Rev. Tim  Schoepf

Visitation: 2:00  to 7:00 p.m. on  Friday, May 18, 2012, at Geilenfeld Funeral Home in Oelwein.  ALSO one hour before services at the church on Saturday.

Interment:  Floral Hills Cemetery  -  Highway 150 South  Oelwein, Iowa. 

 

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David Poggenklass on May 25, 2012 at 5:55 AM said:

I am so very sorry to hear about Jerry's passing.
You have my sincere sympathy on your loss.
Jerry was one of my favorite teachers at Oelwein High School.
He will be missed. He was a big influence to me on my becoming
a teacher. I taught music for 33 years and have been retired 4 years.
Please give my condolences to the entire family.

Sincerely,
David Poggenklass
Guttenberg, Ia.
Samantha Evens on May 18, 2012 at 12:12 PM said:

My condolences to the family and friends of Jerry.
I only had the pleasure of meeting him once, but heard only wonderful things about him. I know he will be missed grealy, find peace in his love and memories he leaves behind.
Kim Miller on May 18, 2012 at 6:07 AM said:

What nice people your parents were! Mr. Falck was a wonderful teacher. Was fun to know your parents as adults at the First Baptist church. Our sympathy is with your family.Gordon and Kim Miller
Sheryl & Richard Gosse/Oelwein on May 17, 2012 at 12:50 AM said:

Jerry's family: We want to extend our sincere sympathy to the loss of your father. We feel for you, as ours has been gone a long time. Your dad lived a good life and enjoyed teaching or riding his cycle with others. We have known your family while in school and had your dad as a history teacher at OHS. He was a good teacher, as was your mom. Treasure the memories, be close and there for each other. Your parents are together once again along with Janet and Barb praying and singing together in heaven.

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