Jerry Van Handel
December 23, 1959 - February 6, 2020
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Wichmann Funeral Home
537 N. Superior Street
Appleton, WI 54911
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Wednesday 2/12, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Gerald R. “Jerry” Van Handel, age 60, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, February 6, 2020 at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center-Appleton, following a courageous battle with ALS. His wife, Lori, was by his side.  There is NO family history of the disease.  A beloved husband, father and dear friend to many, Jerry will be deeply missed by…

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Rick Sawall left a message on April 29, 2020:
Thanks for being my friend and neighbor ! I will always remember the good times and the Black Sabbath tunes we dug, and the time I gave you one of my garden habenero peppers and I watched you eat the whole thing and your face went totally nuts and the Bier did not help you ! We both laughed like crazy ! And so many more good times ! Will miss ya bud ! Love Rick Sawall
Scott Fuhrmann left a message on February 13, 2020:
Lori, Nate, Adam, Melanie and Family. So sorry for your loss. Jerry was always smiling, he always cared for others before himself as he would always ask about how my family was. He truly loved you all as you were his pride and joy. He loved being at all your activities. He is in his heavenly home now. God is good. Blessings, Scott, Janelle, Brock and Haley Fuhrmann
Teresa Voltz left a message on February 12, 2020:
Lori and family, you all are in our thoughts and prayers. I/we are all sending hugs and love your way, during this difficult time. I can only imagine what you all are going through. Know that I am only a phone call, text or message away. Sorry we were unable to be there for services. Miss and love you! Love Teresa Voltz
Dick Knapinski left a message on February 12, 2020:
So terribly sorry to hear about Jerry's passing. We shared many cold, dark mornings on the EAA flightline, waiting for the TV morning show segments to go live. Jerry was always valuable to make sure the rookie WLUK reporters didn't wander into the wrong places or say something dumb. We also found time to talk about kids (our oldest sons played baseball against one another) and war stories about local media. I'll miss that and I'll miss Jerry.
The Colligan's left a message on February 11, 2020:
Lori, Nate, Adam & Melanie, We are so sorry about the loss of your beautiful husband / father. What a special man. His profound love for his family always stood out and will shine for eternity. You have given Jerry so much joy. We will fondly remember his gentle kindness and warm smile. Our prayers are with you.
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The Colligan's left a message on February 11, 2020:
Lori, Nate, Adam & Melanie, We are so sorry about the loss of your beautiful husband / father. What a special man. His profound love for his family always stood out and will shine for eternity. You have given Jerry so much joy. We will fondly remember his gentle kindness and warm smile. Our prayers are with you.
Jim Furlow left a message on February 11, 2020:
Jerry was a great person-appreciated that he always supported my girls and niece and nephews. RIP
Amanda Wilz-Rohde left a message on February 11, 2020:
My deepest condolences to Lori, Nathan, Adam, and Melanie. I will always remember how much a dotting Dad he was. He was always interested in hearing what the kids did while they were at the day care. My you find comfort in the Lord during this difficult time.
Laura and Vince Biskupic left a message on February 11, 2020:
This is a beautiful tribute to a very special man. We're so sorry for the loss of your really wonderful husband and father, Lori, Nate, Adam and Melanie.
John E Bestul left a message on February 8, 2020:
I had the chance to hire Jerry at WXOW in the early 80s. What a great guy and talented, hard working photographer. After moving to the Fox Valley I would run into hum from time to time. Always a big smile on his face. He loved his work and it showed. He will be remembered fondly.
Wichmann Funeral Home & Crematories left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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