C. Jerry Vrana, age 85, of Marshfield, formerly of Colby, passed away on Sunday, August 18, 2013 at Ministry St. Joseph’s Hospital in Marshfield. A Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 PM on Friday, August 23, 2013 at Christ Lutheran Church in Abbotsford. The Rev. Dr. Gary Paul will officiate. Burial will be held in Colby Memorial Cemetery. A time of visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until time of service Friday at the church. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Colby is serving the family.
Jerry was born on October 4, 1927 in Tony, WI, the son of James and Anna Vrana. He graduated from Abbotsford High School and received a Technical Degree from DeVry. Jerry was united in marriage to Wynola Koeppen on April 14, 1962 at Christ Lutheran Church Parsonage in Dorchester.
He worked for Whitey’s TV in Phoenix, AZ and Raytheon in Chicago before returning to Abbotsford and working for Mid-State TV. Jerry acquired Joe’s Shop in Colby in 1963 and renamed the shop to Jerry’s TV, retiring in 2000 after 37 years. After retirement, he worked at Kelly’s Supply in Colby and Abbotsford True Value.
Jerry was involved with many organizations and held various leadership roles, including, President of the Colby Chamber of Commerce from 1979-83, was an alderman for the City of Colby, awarded the Colby “Citizen of the Year” in 1986, long time member of the Colby Lions Club and a lifelong member of Christ Lutheran Church, serving as elder and president of the congregation.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Nola; two children: Kim (Susan) Vrana, Marshfield and Julie (Chuck Padrnos) Vrana, Rochester, MN; five grandchildren: Kelsey, Cameron and McKinsey; Jasper and Samantha. He is further survived by a sister, Irene (Phil) Kvederis, Wheatland, MO; three sisters-in-law: June Vrana, Angola, IN, June Neuhaus, Sheboygan, Dorine Koeppen, Sheboygan Falls, nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, James and a sister, Mae Poulos.
The family would like to thank Northridge Dialysis/DaVita for their excellent care and kindness they showed Jerry these last 10 years.
A Memorial Fund in Jerry’s name has been established.