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In Memory of Gerald Wayne Hautala


10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday October 26, 2019
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Memorial Service

12:00 pm
Saturday October 26, 2019
St. Patrick Catholic Church
1500 Vine Street
Hudson Wisconsin

Gerald Wayne Hautala, age 72, of Hudson, WI, formerly of Crystal Falls, MI, passed away surrounded by loved ones at Christian Community Home of Hudson, WI. Jerry was born to parents John & Viola Hautala in Amasa, MI, where he spent his youth & graduated high school. For a short time, he attended Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI before moving on to work as a youth girls basketball coach at schools in both Michigan & Wisconsin. It was his dedication & love of coaching that eventually led him to the love of his life, Jeanne. Jerry was Jeanne’s daughter’s coach, & the two hit it off. They were a couple by the end of the basketball season, & went to Las Vegas to get married on December 2nd, 2000. They had five children between the two of them, & even more grandchildren. Jerry loved spending time with his grandkids & watching them grow up. When Jerry wasn’t spending time with his family, he could be found deer hunting in the U.P, or spending the spring at his happy place in Cocoa Beach, Florida with Jeanne. He was active with the Hudson Daybreak Rotary Club, & Jerry donated much of his time towards helping the community through rotary-sponsored service projects. On Sundays, you could find Jerry in front of the TV cheering on his favorite team, the Detroit Lions.

Jerry was a strong, tenacious & kind-hearted man who never let his deteriorating health take over his love for life. The impact he had on the lives of the girls he coached over his career will resonate into the future, & his memory & influence will continue to touch the lives of those girls & their families for years to come.

Jerry will remain in the hearts of his beloved wife, Jeanne; his children, Kim (Leno) St. Juliana, Julie (Jer) Nylund, Teresa (Bill) Gribble, Jeremy (Lindsay) Dumond, & Jess Vadnais; his grandchildren, Leno Jr, Devin, Ella, Kelsie, Austin, Iris, Brice, Jack, Julia, & Isla; his brother, Dan (Jean) Hautala; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family, friends, & female athletes across the Midwest. He was preceded in death by his parents, John & Viola.

A Memorial Service for Jerry will be held 12:00 PM, Saturday, October 26th, at St. Patrick Church, 1500 Vine St, Hudson, WI, 54016. A Visitation will take place preceding the service at the church from 10:00-12:00 PM. In lieu of flowers, donations honoring Jerry’s memory are preferred to the Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research, 415 Crossways Park Dr, Suite D, Woodbury, NY 11797.

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    • Jerry and I were friends, teammates, ref’ing partners and I was his “color man” for sports radio broadcasts. We traveled the northwoods for games and post game “burgers”. He was a great partner, a great athlete, a really good coach and fun to be with. We had so many great times and I cherish the memories. He never liked to bunt and his lifetime assist total can be counted on one hand and he would laugh at these assertions. Haut, I will miss you, don’t forget to give the score before the commercial break!

    • I first met Jerry back in the 90’s when his daughter Kim played basketball for Viking Club. He coached several years for us and we played in many national AAU tournaments across the country. He knew basketball inside and out! RIP Jerry. We will miss you. Our condolences to his family. He touched the lives of so many. Keith and Lydia Noll and Wisconsin AAU.

    • A few years ago, a few of us (Jerry, myself, Jared & George) were sitting at the Westwood Supper Club in Crystal Falls. Jerry was bartending, and we were all playing liars poker. Jerry opened with “One Ace”. Everyone passed (knocked), and it turns out Jerry was lying & didn’t have one either.
      Many laughs & fun times were had.
      Jared & I hunted on Jerry’s property up Rock Crusher Rd. for quite a few years, and took some nice bucks. All for the lease rate of 1 bottle of Crown Royal. He will be dearly missed.
      RIP, “Ace”