Gerald E. “Jerry” Wilde, age 84, of East Whitefish Road, Port Washington, WI passed away Friday, January 1, 2021 at the Harbor Campus.

He was born on November 6, 1936 in Port Washington to Raymond and Esther Robel Wilde.

A lifelong resident of Port Washington, Jerry was a busboy at the former Smith Bros. Restaurant.  He will be remembered as the crossing guard for the City of Port Washington at the top of St. Mary’s Hill on North Wisconsin Street for over 30 years.  He made many friends throughout those years.  He also emptied the many parking meters of their change for the City throughout the downtown area.

With his parents, Jerry had been a member of Friedens Church.  He sang in the choir for many years.

Jerry had worked for over 22 years at Mercury Marine (formerly Kiekaefer Manufacturing) in Cedarburg.

An avid patron of the former Harry’s Restaurant, Jerry enjoyed the company of friends at McDonalds and Pizza Hut.  He had been a member of the Port Washington Senior Center, its Green felt Club, horseshoe league and enjoyed many bus trips.

Jerry enjoyed nature and being outside.  He spent many vacations in Northern Wisconsin with his family.  He took long walks throughout Port Washington, often participating in the city’s activities and meeting new people.  Jerry proudly supported and cheered on his beloved Packers and Badgers.  He enjoyed most other sports too.

Survivors include his step-brother David and his wife Diane Peiffer and step-sister-in-law Carol Peiffer, both of Port Washington, other relatives and friends.  Jerry is preceded in death by his parents, his step-father Clarence Peiffer and his step-brother Don Peiffer.

Family services were held with Pastor Brandon Lemons of Friedens Church officiating.  Gerald will be laid to rest next to his parents at Union Cemetery in Port Washington.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Friends of the Port Washington Senior Center, 430 W. Foster Street, Port Washington, WI 53074 appreciated.

Gerald’s family would like to thank the staff of the Harbor Campus and Heartland Hospice Care for their kindness and compassion shown to Gerald during this time.

Poole Funeral Home / Crematory, Port Washington, Wisconsin assisting the family. Information and condolences available at or 262-284-4431.



  1. I really got to know Gerry after seeing him a lot at
    Harry’s and McDonalds with the guys the past few
    years and seeing him around Port. We always waved to each other when he was on “ Guard” duty. He was so nice to know..Orv xx

  2. Rest in Peace.
    I never knew his name, though he is a face & smile of Port Washington, which will always be remembered.

  3. It was always nice to talk to Gerry, He and I were in the same High School Class. I worked at the Port State Bank, and Gerry would bring in the money from the meters. He was kept quite busy and kept us busy too. We had many coin bags to change and run the money into rolls to sell. He always had a smile and hello.
    May he rest in peace🙏🙏

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