Jerry Dean Isely, 64, of Junction City, KS, formerly of Monroe, WI, passed away on April 17, 2019.
A memorial celebration of life will be held Saturday, May 18, 2019, from 11:00 am. to 3:00 pm. at the American Legion in Monroe, WI 1627 12th Ave.
Jerry was born the seventh of eight children on September 1, 1954, in Monroe, Wisconsin to Howard and Anna (Wafler) Isely. He went to Purcell Grade School which was a one room school. A few years later he went to Monticello Grade School. Jerry then attended high school at both Craig High School in Janesville then at Monroe High School in Monroe. Before he graduated, he decided to dedicate his life in the defense of American freedoms and enlisted in the United States Army.
On April 14, 1973, he married Karen Gobrecht of Belmont, WI. The couple had three children; Linda, Merranda and Noll during the course of their 14-year marriage. His children added two grandchildren to the family; Brittany and Addison. He went on to marry Betty Wilkerson of Junction City, KS and extended his family to include her two daughters, son and grandchildren.
He served in two operations in Iraq and Kuwait during the 1st Gulf War and received the Southwest Asia Service Medal W/2 Bronze Stars. In addition to several other awards, he was also proud to have achieved the Army Achievement Medal W/1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Marksman (M16 Rifle), Army Commendation Medal W/1st Oak Leaf Cluster, and The Combat Infantryman Badge. Jerry retired out of Ft. Riley, KS after 20 years of service. Jerry was very proud of his military accomplishments. He continued to honor those roots as a member of the American Legion Post #45
Jerry is survived by his loving family: wife, Betty (Wilkerson) Isely of Junction City, KS; Children, Linda (David) Burke of Darlington, WI, Merranda (Paul) Lynch of Monona, WI; Noll (Sarah) Isely of Oshkosh, WI; two granddaughters Brittany Jenson of Lancaster, WI and Addison Isely of Oshkosh, WI; two brothers Paul Isely and Dwayne Isely both of Monroe, WI; three sisters, Dolores (Darrell) Block of Janesville, WI, Emily (Greg) Wild of Monroe, WI, and Wanda (Kenneth) Slack of Juda, WI; one sister-in-law Lela Isely of Monroe, WI; and three step-children, Dennis (Teena) Wilkerson of Navarre, FL, Dana (Scott) Wagner of Malden, IL and Doris (David) Romi of Archie, MO.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers John and Arland Isely, one sister-in-law Patty Isely, and one niece Dawn Niedermeier.