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Jerome J. "Jerry" Hungerford

Jerome J. "Jerry" Hungerford

Jerome John “Jerry” Hungerford, age 76 of Alma, WI died at his home Friday, June 16, 2017 after a battle with cancer.

Jerry was born on April 27, 1941 in Red Wing, MN to Fred and Rita (Glaus) Hungerford, Jerry’s first home was in Ellsworth, WI until his parents purchased a farm on the bluff above Maiden Rock and moved the family there. He went to Maiden Rock School through 4th grade, Saint John’s in Plum City through 8th grade and graduated from Plum City High School with the Class of 1959.  College at the University of Wisconsin River Falls followed where he earned his degree upon graduation in 1965.

Jerry married Lorena Anibas on August 22, 1964 in Lima, WI and together they had three children: Chris of Alma, WI, Denise of Los Angeles, CA and Kevin (Trinity) of Alma, WI.

Jerry’s first job out of college was with Cargill seed in Minnesota and Iowa, which lead to the couple’s move to Eldora, IA and then to Iowa Falls, IA before moving to Alma, WI in 1969 where he was General Manager of the Farmers Union Co-op servicing Alma, Nelson, and Modena, for 26 years. After retiring from the Co-op he went on to discover his true calling, the job of a lifetime as a school bus driver.  Jerry drove school bus for the Alma School District for 16 years and loved every second, from the early morning pickups to the afternoon rides home. He took every opportunity to drive “his kids” to sporting events, field trips, and music contests. Transporting students was only part of the job for Jerry.  Getting to know them, watching them grow, encouraging them, and treating them to Halloween and year-end treats was what truly kept him at the wheel all those years.

Throughout his life Jerry was an active member of the St. Lawrence Knights of Columbus as well as the Alma Rod and Gun Club. He held various positions of leadership in both groups.

He found great joy in the simple things in life: the beautiful view from his home, the various birds that he and Lorena keep well fed; a hard day’s work followed by a cold one, driving the local country roads, cheering for the Alma-Pepin Eagles, spending time with family from near and far, good friends, sweets and being with his bride of 52 years either at home or travelling on a cruise ship.

Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Rita Hungerford; his brothers, Edward and Frederick; and nephew, Stephen.

He is survived by his wife, children and two grandchildren Katrina and Gideon; sisters-in-law Betty Hungerford of Hudson, WI and Mildred Hungerford of Staten Island, NY; brother-in-law Don Anibas of Durand; sister-in law and brother in-law Dorothy and Joe Pertz of Stillwater, MN; many nieces and nephews, and all of his students.

Visitation will be held on Thursday June 22, 2017 at St. Lawrence Church in Alma, WI from 4pm-7pm. Visitation will continue the following morning, Friday June 23, from 10am-11am followed by a funeral mass at 11am and burial at Alma Memorial Cemetery.  A Celebration of Jerry’s life will then take place at the Alma Rod & Gun Club.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jerry’s name may be made to Mayo Clinic Cancer Research or the Alma Rod & Gun Club. Either would be a wonderful way to remember Jerry.  https://philanthropy.mayoclinic.org/donate

Rhiel Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Durand, is serving the family.


  1. Vanessa

    Peace and prayers for all of you.

  2. Marco

    My deeply condolence towards family and friends and dear friend Denise we will surely meet our mantra in the treasure tower to strenghting Jerry life-force! Big big hug with love

  3. Duane and Dawn Meier

    Our deepest sympathies and most heartfelt prayers!

  4. Shaun Duvall

    Holding you all close in thought and prayer.

  5. Kerri, Kya & Juhl Kuhlemeier

    Such a tremendous loss. Jerry was a truly wonderful man that cared, and we all cared for him. He will be missed greatly. So sorry for your loss. Our heartfelt sympathy to the Hungerford family.

  6. John & Patty Wayne

    Our Deepest Sympathy to your family.
    I always enjoying seeing and visiting with Jerry. He will be missed

  7. Kati Hanson

    May God give you comfort and strength during this difficult time! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Jerry was a special man that touched the lives of many. He will be missed, but the memories will live on forever in our hearts!
    God Bless You All,
    Corey & Kati Hanson & sons

  8. Steve Bronk

    Jerry... You'll be missed by many including me. I always enjoyed stopping by if it was to help with something or just to chat... Your at peace now and will always be remembered... I'll continue to still stop by and help with something... The Bug man...

  9. Wayne and Marilyn Wick

    Our sympathy to Jerry's family, God's blessings during this time. We all know what a out going and generous man he was

  10. Pat and Ione Timm

    May you find comfort in knowing that Jerry served so many with such kindness. Always a smile and a friendly greeting came from Jerry every day. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

  11. Marlene Zimmer

    Lorena, I met you and Jerry for the first time on the Plum City Alumni Washington D.C. trip. What a nice and kind couple! So sorry to hear of his death. Keeping you in my thoughts.

  12. Miranda Ziebell

    May all the happy memories get the family through this difficult time!

  13. Barb Abraham

    I think of Jerry with a smile because he always had a smile for me and all who crossed his path on any given day. May the memories of those special times shared with family and friends make this good bye a little easier. Peace to all who loved this fine man!

  14. Bobbi sedlmayr

    Keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Jerry was a wonderful kind man! May all the memories you made with him help you through this difficult time.
    Sending our most heartfelt sympathy,
    Bobbi and Steve

  15. Jackie (McNallan) Heins

    Lorena and family I'm so sorry to hear about Jerry. He was such a wonderful guy! He will be greatly miss. Sending you all lots of hug!

  16. Steve Sedlmayr

    Jerry was a dear friend and a beloved school bus driver for the Alma Schools. He was respected by the students he drove, and he showed the same respect to them. At the end of each day, Jerry got the kids home safely. God bless his memory and may the peace of God bring comfort to Lorena and his family.

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