Gerald Schears

Date of Death: Mar 10, 2020
Gerald Schears

1953 - 2020

Gerald “Jerry” Schears, 66, of Waupun, passed away Tuesday, March 10, 2020 with his foldable chair in the woods where he loved enjoying God’s creations; the sun, birds, and critters.

Jerry was born March 22, 1953 to Dick and Margaret Pater Schears. Jerry graduated from Waupun High School then was employed at Brenner Tank in Fond du Lac. Later he worked at Modern Pole Builders doing construction work. On April 29, 1989 he married Rita Stark in Beaver Dam. Jerry then went to work for RuMar in Mayville doing fabrication work. When he turned 50 he wanted a more meaningful career and enrolled in taxidermy school and did that until he retired. Jerry loved hunting, being in nature, and helping people. He and his wife Rita were in many archery leagues together. He loved spending time with family and friends as well as traveling. In later years Jerry and Rita loved gardening for the birds, butterflies, and bees in the backyard.

Jerry is survived by his wife of 30 years, Rita Schears; son, Mike (Martyna) Schears of Fond du Lac; brothers: Jermaine (Rose) Schears of Beaver Dam, Richard Schears of Beaver Dam, Milton Schears of Princeton, Wilbert (Jean) Schears of Waupun, and Larry (Charlotte) Schears of Waupun; sister, Joann (Jerrold) Neumann of Waupun; brother-in-law, Dennis Linke of Fox Lake; sister-in-law, Joanne Schears of Kansas; and many nieces, nephews, and great-nieces and nephews.

Jerry was preceded in death by his son in 1990, Danny Schears; his parents; sister, Diann Linke; brother, Donald Schears; and sister-in-law, Mary Schears.


Friends and relatives may call on the family on Sunday from 3-5 p.m. at Werner-Harmsen Funeral Home in Waupun and on Sunday at the church from 10 a.m. until the time of service.


Funeral services for Gerald Schears will be held Monday, March 16, 2020 at 11 a.m. at Union-Congregational Church in Waupun with Rev. Robert Sherwood officiating.


Burial will follow at Alto Cemetery.

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  1. Rita I think of you often. I’m so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. So sad – he was so young. I’m still teaching in South America and hope to be back in WI in May. I sincerely hope we can spend Some time together then. Meanwhile I wish you faith and so many good memories of jerry. With love, Lisa

  2. Bonnie Budde Says: March 12, 2020 at 4:57 pm

    I am so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. His insight and knowledge about everything in nature will always be remembered, especially our conversations about Monarch butterflies. It was an honor to have met him.

  3. Mary Ennenga Says: March 12, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Dear Rita and family
    Prayers that the Lord provides you with comfort and peace.
    I always enjoyed seeing Jerry and his smile! I would hear him whistle when he walked up to my house.
    Fondly, Mary E

  4. Love and Hugs to all

  5. Mike…
    So sorry about the loss of your Dad… Hope you are doing well. It’s been too long… Let’s get in touch.

    Nan Kalk

  6. Bob and Kay Hull Says: March 13, 2020 at 8:30 pm

    We are so sad for your loss and hope for Peace in your heart.
    Rest in Peace Jerry.

  7. Rita, Rose and I are so sorry to here of Jerry’s passing. We are in Arizona until the end of the month and won’t be able to attend his visitation or funeral. However you will be in or thoughts during these hard times.

  8. Rochele Wiese Says: March 14, 2020 at 2:32 pm

    We are so sorry for your loss… You are in our thoughts and prayers

    Rochele Wiese and family

  9. Donna Maxwell Says: March 28, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Rita and family,

    I went to grade school, junior high and senior high with Jerry. I’ll never forget the talent show when we were in 5th or 6th grade at Lincoln School. Jerry whistled a complete song. It was strong and beautiful. The whole class was amazed that he could whistle so well. Needless to say, I was so impressed I still remember it to this day. That was over 55 years ago. He was a kind, gentle person who always wore a smile. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Clyde & Donna Maxwell

  10. Jane Welles Says: April 14, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Dear Rita, Jerry and his family lived in one of the properties my Mom and Dad owned, George and Margaret Olson. I have many childhood memories that include Jerry and his siblings. The video of his life in pictures are heartfelt. I can see he enjoyed his life with you and your sons. I am sending my sincere condolences.

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