Gerald I. Burkle, 86, of Dyersville, passed away Thursday, Oct. 1, at MercyOne Senior Care, Dyersville.

Visitation will be held 3-7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8, at Kramer Funeral Home, 750 12th Ave SW, Dyersville. Visitation will continue Friday from 9-10 a.m. at Kramer Funeral Home prior to funeral services.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m., Friday, Oct. 9, at St. Francis Xavier Basilica in Dyersville, with burial in the church cemetery. Military Honors will be accorded by American Legion Post 137. Rev. Dennis Quint will officiate.

Jerry was born July 6, 1934, in Dubuque County, the son of Paul and Anna (Olberding) Burkle. He married RoseAnn Rahe Sept. 13, 1958, in Petersburg. Together they farmed and raised their family just northeast of Dyersville. Jerry was a proud member of the US Army as well as the Knights of Columbus.

Jerry enjoyed playing euchre, golfing and watching the Chicago cubs.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, RoseAnn; children: Jean (Wayne) Naber, of Cedar Falls, Rick (Danna) Burkle, of Alamogordo, N.M., Randy Burkle, of Earlville, Paul Burkle, of Bettendorf, Judy (Dan) Gotto, of Bankston, Joe (Julie) Burkle, of Urbandale; 15 grandchildren; 24 great grandchildren; siblings: Harold (Gladys) Burkle and Doris (Alvin) Hermsen, both of Dyersville; in-laws: Verna Mae Burkle and Lorraine Burkle, both of Dyersville, Richard (Judy) Rahe, of Dubuque, Paul (Grace) Rahe and Robert (Rita) Rahe, both of Dyersville, Steve (Jean) Rahe, of Earlville, Marilee (Dean) Stoline, of Gaithersburg, M.D., Connie (Paul) Wedewer, of Aurora, Colo., Charles (Bev) Rahe, of Petersburg, Margie Rahe of Iowa City and Dave (Melinda) Rahe of Georgetown, Texas; and several nieces, nephews and friends.

He was preceded in death by his daughter in-law, Deb Burkle; grandchild, Kyle Burkle; great-grandchild, Natalie Kluesner; parents and parents-in-law, Leo and Marie Rahe; siblings: Charles (Luetta) Burkle, Leon (Theresa) Burkle, Lorraine (Joe) Stephan, George (Thelma) Burkle, Bernard Burkle, Walter Burkle, Betty (Jerome Hermsen and John Gassmann); in-laws, Dena Rahe and Ronald Rahe; and several nieces and nephews.

The family would like to thank the staff of Mercy One Senior Care.

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