Gerald F. Wilbricht

Posted March 21, 2013 at 11:32 am

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Aug. 22, 1943 – March 18, 2013

Gerald F. Wilbricht, 69, of Monticello, died March 18, 2013 in San Antonio, Texas, surrounded by his family.  He died from complications following surgery. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Monticello, with burial in Sacred Heart Cemetery.  Gerald Francis Wilbricht was born Aug. 22, 1943 in Dubuque, Iowa, the son of Lester E. and Gertrude (Weitz) Wilbricht.  He married Marilyn Schmit on Oct. 3, 1964 at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Dubuque, Iowa. 

Gerald worked his entire career for Iowa Electric, now Alliant Energy.  He worked in many positions during his 39- year career.  In addition, he also worked as a part-time electrician and served as the electrician for the Great Jones County Fair for nearly 30 years. 

He also served the community of Monticello.  He was a decorated volunteer firefighter for the Monticello Fire Department from 1967 to 1991, and served as their secretary-treasurer for many years.  He was awarded the Life Saving Award by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers for successfully resuscitating a child while serving.  He also served on the Monticello City Council and one term as the Mayor of Monticello.

Gerald shall always be remembered for his work ethic, his willingness to serve, and for his caring and compassion for his family and for all people in his life.

Survivors include his son, Christopher (Kristen McCaustland) Wilbricht of Belleville, Wis.; daughter, Lisa (Douglas) Wink of Urbandale; son, Patrick (Kelly Hite) Wilbricht of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren: Nicholas Wilbricht of Minneapolis, Minn., Tyler, and Abigail Wilbricht of Belleville, Wis.; Ashley and Mitchell Wink of Urbandale; and Faye Wilbricht of San Antonio, Texas; sisters Barbara Bertram, Patricia (Gerald) McAleece, Kris (Arthur) Hanlon; David (Sue) Wilbricht, and Richard Wilbricht.

Gerald was preceded in death by his loving wife of 46 years, Marilyn; his parents; three sisters; and two brothers. 

In lieu of flowers and gifts, a memorial has been established in Gerald’s memory.