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Jerry R. Mulheron

Jerry R. Mulheron

Jerome R. Mulheron, age 72 of Eau Claire, died unexpectedly Sunday, October 8, 2017 at Mayo Clinic Health Systems-Eau Claire.

Jerry was born on December 10, 1944 in Manitowoc, WI. He was the son of Ronald “Rusty” and Elizabeth “Betty” (Asher) Mulheron. At the age of six months, Jerry was stricken with Spinal Meningitis which left him deaf and unable to speak. At four years old he attended the school for the deaf in Eau Claire until he was 11. He then attended the Delevan School for the Deaf in Delevan, WI until he graduated in 1965. Jerry then took a job at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire as an assistant maintenance worker for two years, then employed at Krolls Carpet Service, installing carpet. Jerry then moved to Chetek where he worked for Master Craft Cabinet Co. until he retired. He then moved back to Eau Claire area, where he remained the rest of his life.

Jerry enjoyed spending time with children, especially his nieces and nephews, making them countless balloon characters. He was known for his wittiness and sense of humor, he enjoyed making people smile.

Jerry never let his deafness become an excuse or barrier for himself. He always found a way to get things done and express his thoughts and feelings. While never able to hear in his earthly life, for the first time Jerry now hears the laughter of children and voices of loved ones.

Jerry is survived by his siblings; Dorothy (John) Maule of River Falls, Millie (Jim) Komro of Indianapolis, IN, Pat “Francis” (Joyce) of  Durand, Bernie (Jane) of Eau Claire, Betsy (Bill) Erickson of  Brookfield, Bob (Rindy) of Ramsey, MN, Denny (Barb) of Mondovi, Mary (John) Mattick of Eau Claire, Carol (Mike) Bauer of Eau Clarie, Kathy (Dan) Bauer of Forest, VA, Sharon (Steve) Brantner of  Eau Claire and Rick of Springfield, MO, sisters-in-law Carol Mulheron of Mishicot and Diane Mulheron of Barron. Jerry was also blessed with 52 nieces and nephews, 99 great nieces and nephews, and five great great nieces and nephews and a long-time personal family friend, caregiver and interpreter, Julie O’Brien; and his friends in the deaf community of Eau Claire.

Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, two brothers; Ron Mulheron Jr., Jim Mulheron, three nephews and one great niece.

The family would like to thank everyone who helped Jerry in his last years, especially the staff at Grace Woodlands and Community Care Partners Assisted Living.

Funeral Mass will be 11:00 AM Friday, October 13, 2017 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Eau Claire with Rev. Don Meuret officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 AM until the time of services Friday at the Church. A brief service for the deaf will be held at 9:30 AM by friend and Pastor William Knaack. A private burial will follow at a later date in the Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery-Lima rural Durand.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Jerry’s name to the family, to be given to the Eau Claire deaf community.

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


  1. Patrick Kroll

    I am sad to hear about jerrys passing,through the years I would see him at the care homes he was at while I was doing flooring,I liked to stop in on him ,he would give a big smile then say as best he could I love your mom,I thought this was an incredible feat ,My father would always tell stories of jerry ,like taking his hammer and hit the ground often just to bug albert & just having fun.I am going to miss him on earth but heaven has 1 more good guy on its side! Love you man,Patrick

  2. Sallie and Sarah Ward

    We were very sorry to learn of Jerry's death! We were neighbors of Bernie and Jane's before their recent move to Eau Claire. Our prayers are with his entire family at this sad time!

  3. Lester Bauer

    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. Although I never met Jerry, I can remember Dennis talking about him on our bus ride to Lima. Even at that time so long ago, Jerry sounded like a very special person. I will keep Jerry and his family in my prayers. God Bless all of you.

  4. Judy and John Parr

    Sorry to hear this our thoughts and prayers

  5. Beth Balvich

    Sharon, prayers to you and your family. I know how much Jerry meant to your family.
    Love and all our Unity.
    Love To you all Beth

  6. Donna & Sid Hayden

    We will always remember Jerry with warm hearts. Our children remember his sense of humor and willingness to be the first to reach out to others. We are better for knowing you Jerry.

  7. Toni Kremer Lippert

    Carol and family,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. May Jerry rest in peace in the Hands of God.

  8. Arlene Pittman

    So sorry Rick and family on the passing of your dear brother Jerry

  9. Colleen (Forster) Garnevicus and Tom Garnevicus

    Dear Mulheron Family,
    So sorry to hear of Jerry's death. Please know you are all in our prayers. Colleen & Tom

  10. Colleen Weiss

    Our sympathies to all of you .

  11. Mary Jane Kralewski

    Your family has my deepest sympathy! I knew him only briefly but he was a very special person and will be missed by many. Hugs and prayers!

  12. Pat Rosenberg

    Love and prayers to the family of Jerry Mulheron. May he rest in the peace and love of the Lord.

  13. Marilyn and Ron Sinz

    So sorry to learn of your brother's death. Please accept our sympathy. May God provide you with comfort and strength at this time.

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