Gerald “Wingnut” M. Straube, Jr.
Date of Birth
March 12, 1959
Waukegan, Illinois
Entered into Rest
June 1, 2024
Memphis, Nebraska
Funeral Service Directions

Thursday, June 6, 2024 ~ 11:00 a.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska
Military Honors by the U.S. Air Force

Visitation Directions

Thursday, June 6, 2024 ~ 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Marcy Mortuary ~ Ashland, Nebraska


In care of the family

Gerald “Wingnut” M. Straube Jr., 65, of Memphis, NE, entered into rest on Saturday, June 1, 2024 in Memphis, NE.  He was born March 12, 1959 in Waukegan, IL to Gerald Sr. and Delores (Fendrick) Straube.  Jerry served his country until he retired after 21 years in the U.S. Air Force.  Following his military career, Jerry spent 18 years working for ConAgra in Omaha, NE.  On December 22, 1994, he was married to Jo Anne Green in Marquette, MI.

Jerry was an outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing.  He was a dog lover and he loved spending time with his family and friends.  He was known to always offer a helping hand to his neighbors, friends and his community.

He is survived by his wife of 29 years, Jo Anne Straube; children, Tera (Matthew) Spellbrink, Samantha (Vincent) Cassens, Kerri (Jon) Ellinger, Kimberly Stiles, Donald (Stephanie) Stiles and Jerry Straube; grandchildren, Lauren, Levi, Mallori, Maggie, Jordan, Alissa, Jonathan, Jett, Kailey, Molley, Cayse, Donny, Corbin and Tucker; six great-grandchildren; siblings, Marcia Strow, Lisa Stolte, Laura (Mike) Glenn, Dee (Jimmy) Smith and Teddie (Charles) Radcliffe; many other family members and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents Gerald Straube Sr. and Delores Kurwicki; and infant sister, Cathy Straube.

Condolences for Gerald “Wingnut” M. Straube, Jr.
  1. Gregory Bahm
    • June 3, 2024 - 1 month ago

    My Prayers and condolences to “Wingnut’s Family God Gless You

  2. Ken and Barb Oetter
    • June 4, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Wingnut made Ken and I feel like there was a protective force in our daughter’s neighborhood. He was there whenever anyone needed a helping hand or engineering advice. Wingnut was a great guy. He will be missed by so
    many. Our hearts hurt for Jo Anne and all the family and friends he leaves behind. We are so sad with you all.

  3. Barry Yates
    • June 4, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Sorry for your loss. Praying for you during this difficult time.

  4. Alan Hilt
    • June 4, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Wingnut was a man I just loved to be around. He lived life to the fullest. He will be missed by all that knew him. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

  5. Edwin Hackleman
    • June 4, 2024 - 1 month ago

    I loved working with Jerry. He was truly a fine man and a wonderful friend. Such a great guy!

  6. Amy Lynn
    • June 4, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Uncle Jerry I have have some of the best memories of you. The time you grabbed me when I got to far out in the river. Going elk hunting and you and you getting a big bull the first 15 minutes on opening day. You still enjoyed the rest of the trip while we all struggled getting our bulls. You teaching my oldest son to drive and helping him catch big Bertha. Coming to the hospital when my youngest son was born. I could go on and on. All these small moments are huge to me and will never be forgotten. I love you and I’m going to miss you.
    I’m praying for you Auntie Jo and the whole family

  7. Nicole Ralph
    • June 4, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Jerry. The Spellbrink family are in my thoughts and sending love to the all.

  8. Carrie Jacobs
    • June 5, 2024 - 1 month ago

    My heartfelt condolences to those who loved Jerry. The Spellbrink family are in my thoughts and prayers during this time.

  9. Sundberg Tara
    • June 5, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Jo and family,
    So very sorry for your huge loss. My prayers are with you all!

  10. Nik Hodgman
    • June 6, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Wingnut was a hell of a man and it was an honor to know him and call him a friend, there are so many great memories with him it’s hard to pick one. Rest in piece wingnut watch over us like you always have we got it from here. Until we meet again

  11. Bill goldsberry
    • June 9, 2024 - 1 month ago

    We had some great times, good man. My heart breaks for you Auntie Jo.

  12. Deb Hudson
    • June 12, 2024 - 1 month ago

    Wingnut made everybody feel welcome from the first time that he met you. He will be missed by a lot of people.

  13. Mary Nielsen
    • June 14, 2024 - 4 weeks ago

    Jerry, I still say you made the best Chili! I will miss you and all your jokes, you always made me laugh.

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