His survivors include his beloved wife, Darlyn (Lyn) Kohne of Dixon; four step-children, Leslie Ann Krecklow, Tracey Ellen Hansow, Joseph P. Moon and Christopher Jon Moon, along with several nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his mother and father, Clemens and Evelyn Kohne of New Berlin, Wisconsin; a brother, James, of Muskego, Wisconsin and a brother Arthur (Borchardt) Kohne of Redwood City, California.
Gerald (Jerry or Jer as his friends called him) served in the U. S. Army from 1957 to 1963, after which he returned to New Berlin, Wisconsin and partnered with a friend, Red Keltesch, as K & K Erecting. In 1982 he and his wife, Lyn, moved to Dixon, Montana, a lifelong passion of Jer’s. He ran Dixon Welding and Machine Shop until his illness in 2014.
Jerry and Lyn had so many wonderful friends, all of whom would be impossible to include here. However, the family would like to thank some very special ones for their hours of help during Jerry’s illness. They are Gary and Sharon Hill of Ravalli, Dennis and Leanne Talbott of Dixon, Jack and Diane Breuer of Dixon, Walt and Karval Pickering of Paradise and Roy Ardis of Plains. And to all the guys who spent their weekend sawing, chopping and stacking firewood-thank you!
The family would like to invite friends to a little get-together to share memories of Jerry. Pie and beverages will be served. The memorial will be announced at a later date.