Gilbert Derler

Gilbert A. "Gil" Derler

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Derler, Gilbert A. (Gil)

Born January 11, 1930, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Albert P and Alphonsa (Stuckenhoff) Derler. He entered the gates of heaven on July 16th, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

He is survived by his best friend and beloved wife, Lucille (Limbach) Derler. Next month they would have been married 66 years. His daughter, Ruth Holdener, sons, George (Janet) Derler and Paul Derler. His grandchildren, Dan (Jenny) Derler, Laura (Dave) Schneider, Alex Derler, Bryan Holdener and Matt Holdener, Step-grandchildren, Julia, Josip, John and Anthony. He had nine great grandchildren. He is also survived by many beloved, nieces and nephews. As the last of his generation, he was a father to many.

Preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Robert and Henry, and his sister, Dorothy (Gonnering-Schwenke).
Gil attended Holy Angels grade school and graduated from Messmer High School in 1948. He proudly served in the United States Navy from 1948-1952, during the Korean War. He spent his whole career aboard a destroyer, the USS William M Wood DD715.

He worked and retired from the city of Milwaukee, in the Bureau of Engineers, as a Public Works inspector, for 37 years.

He was a life member of Gross-Yaksh VFW post #6498, Military Order of the Cooties, Pup Tent #28, American Legion Post #36, West Bend, and the Moose Lodge #1398, West Bend. He attended St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception, in West Bend.

He volunteered many hours at the old Wood VA Hospital (currently Zablocki VA Hospital). When he was in Florida over the winters, he volunteered at one of the elementary schools helping the kids with reading and their homework. He was a blood donor and had donated over 12 gallons of blood in his lifetime.

Gil loved woodworking, making many things for family and friends, and to sell at craft shows. He loved playing Sheepshead, polka music, slot machines, and telling jokes. He never met a stranger. He engaged everyone he met, in conversation. He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren, telling them stories of his past life.

He did a lot of traveling with Lucille and went camping every weekend, for many years, with the family. He and Lucille spent the last 30 winters at Sugar Creek Country Club, in Bradenton, Florida, where they made many lifelong friends.

He was privileged to go on the Honor Flight, with his son George, in 2015. It was one of the best days of his life. The day ended with lots of family and friends meeting him at the airport on their return.

He thanks God, for the good life, that he enjoyed.

Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, July 23, 2020 at 12:30 at St. Mary’s Immaculate Conception Parish (406 Jefferson St. West Bend, WI 53090) with Fr. Nathan Reesman presiding. Visitation will be Thursday, July 23 at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W. Paradise Dr. West Bend) from 9:30AM until 11:45AM. Private Entombment Holy Cross Cemetery in Milwaukee.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Stars and Stripes Honor Flight Inc., PO Box 636, Port Washington, WI 53074,
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 9:30am - 11:45am
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 9:30am - 11:45am
    Phillip Funeral Home Chapel
    1420 W Paradise Drive
    West Bend, WI 53095
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  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 | 12:30pm
    Thursday, July 23rd, 2020 12:30pm
    St. Mary's Immaculate Conception Catholic Church
    406 Jefferson St
    West Bend, Wisconsin 53090
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    With Military Honors to follow Mass
    Fr Nathan Reesman
  • Interment

    Holy Cross Cemetery
    Address Not Available
    Milwaukee, WI
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mary moll

Posted at 02:53pm
sorry for your loss of a good dad and a good man. I'm from St Mary's and did not know him well but after seeing his picture, I realized it was a happy St Mary's face. May you be blessed with good memories and lots of f aith filled stories.

Michelle Cubanski

Posted at 06:04am
From: Michelle Cubanski (Henry Derler’s granddaughter) and Stephen Cubanski: We were sad to hear of Great Uncle Gil’s passing. I will always remember visiting his and Aunt Lucy’s house and swimming in the lake. His sense of humor and his practical jokes will not be forgotten. I loved receiving his homemade gifts which I still treasure. No one will forget his laugh which put a smile on everyone’s face. We miss you. Sending lots of love to Aunt Lucy.

Michelle Jaksic

Posted at 07:14am
The Mico Jaksic Family sends their deepest sympathy to Gil’s family. We were fortunate to have spent time with him at family gatherings. He was a wonderful step-grandfather to our children. We will forever be greatful for that. He will be missed.

Marlene Cook

Posted at 04:04pm
From Marlene Beardsley Cook - My brother John informed me of Gil's passing. Sending prayers and condolences to the Derler family. I have so many remembrances of growing up in the neighborhood on 69th St in Milwaukee and having such wonderful neighbors in the Derlers. Mr. Derler was so fun to be around. He loved kids. Everyone loved him. He created musical instruments out of saws and trash cans. He told funny stories. He laughed a lot. My parents stayed friends with the Derlers after they both ended up in Florida during retirement. I remember visiting in their Florida home years ago and having dinner with them. Always hospitable. He will be missed by many people I'm sure.

From Josip, Ginna, Kovan, & Kazmira Jaksic

Posted at 12:21pm
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