SCHUYLER — Jerry J. Vrba, 82, of Schuyler, died Saturday, Feb. 4, 2017, at Bryan LGH West in Lincoln.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Divine Mercy Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, in Schuyler. Visitation will be 3-6 p.m. Tuesday, with a 6 p.m. rosary service, and 9-10:30 a.m. Wednesday, all at the church. Lunch will be at the St. Mary’s Social Center. Committal will be in Schuyler Cemetery with military honors. Memorials may be made in care of the family for future designation.
Jerry J. Vrba was born Feb. 27, 1934, to Jerry and Ludmilla (Sedlacek) Vrba in Schuyler. He attended District 34 from kindergarten through eighth grade. Jerry farmed with his parents for several years before joining the Marines in 1956. He was stationed in San Diego, California, before being transferred to Okinawa. Jerry was honorably discharged in 1959.
He met his wife, Carolyn Kay (Houfek), in Fremont and they were married June 23, 1962. Of this union six children were born, Catherine, Nancy, Laurie, Christopher, Angela and Diane. Jerry farmed southwest of Clarkson on the family farm. Jerry was a livestock and grain farmer. He served as a school board member of school District 5-R, and was also a member of the Wilson Cemetery Board for several years. While farming, Jerry worked as a security guard at New World Inn in Columbus. He also was employed at Elks Country Club and the City of Columbus.
In 1990, Jerry and Carolyn moved off the farm to a residence in Schuyler, where he continued to work for the City of Columbus. Once retiring from the City of Columbus, he worked for Dublin Nursery in Schuyler until his retirement.
Jerry loved the outdoors and being outside. He enjoyed spending time with family. He and Carolyn drove many miles attending their children’s and grandchildren’s activities and sporting events. After retiring he enjoyed reading the paper and putting puzzles together.
Jerry was a man of faith. He attended Wilson Catholic Church in rural Colfax County. He was also a member of St. Cyril & Methodius Catholic Church of Clarkson and St. Mary’s of Schuyler. He was a member of the Catholic Workman. Jerry served as an usher and led the rosary for many years.
Jerry is survived by his wife, Carolyn; daughters, Cathy (Rich) Kuhr of Mead, Nancy (Don) Coufal of Howells, Laurie (Ken) Bos and Angie (Mark) Gall, all of Clarkson, and Diane Vrba of David City; son, Chris (Tracy) Vrba of Lincoln; 18 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
Jerry was preceded in death by his parents, Jerry and Ludmilla Vrba; an infant brother and sister; and infant granddaughter, Katelyn Gall.
Kracl Funeral Chapel of Schuyler is in charge of arrangements.