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Norfolk — Jerome "Jerry" Tielke, 71, of Norfolk, died Monday, April 1, 2024 at his residence in Norfolk.

Visitation was held Saturday, April 6, 2024 at Home for Funerals in Norfolk.

Memorial services were held Saturday, April 6, 2024 at the funeral chapel in Norfolk. John Petersen officiated. Military honors were provided by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1644, American Legion Post 16 and the Army National Guard Honor Guard.

Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.

Jerome “Jerry” was born Nov. 30, 1952, in Atkinson, to V.J. “Bill” and Beth (Sloan) Tielke. He grew up in rural Atkinson and graduated from West Holt High School in 1971. He enlisted in the U.S. Army that same year. While stationed at Fort Sill in Lawton, OK, Jerry met his wife Becky. They were married in Walters, OK on May 17, 1975, and then moved to Norfolk. Jerry attended Northeast Technical Community College, where he earned a degree in HVAC. While living in Norfolk their son Gabe was born. They then moved to O'Neill where Jerry worked at Tielke Dairy Supply and also for DHIA testing cows. While in O'Neill, the family was completed with the birth of their daughter Mandi.

Jerry and Becky later divorced, but despite being apart for close to 18 years, they ended up remarrying in 2002. Though Jerry said this was because “it just made sense,” it was clear that Becky had been the missing puzzle piece and for Jerry, everything was finally as it should be.

Jerry worked for Iowa Veterinary Supply in Sioux City, Iowa, for several years. He then moved back to Norfolk in 1994 where he joined Tielke Sandwiches as a part-owner. Jerry spent a lot of hours on the road building relationships and acquiring new accounts for Tielke's. He knew every highway, shortcut and landmark in Nebraska. If you were ever lost, you could call Jerry and he would help you find your way. Jerry had an unwavering work ethic. Whether he needed to be there or not, he was going to show up and do what needed done. In Jerry's words, “he was here, he worked hard, now he's gone.” Jerry was a part of Tielke's Sandwiches until he retired in 2022.

  Though it took him awhile to get there, retirement did start to grow on Jerry. He enjoyed reading (he was a devoted Stephen King fan most of his life), woodworking, working in the yard and coming up with unique ways to keep the squirrels out of his bird feeders. He even dabbled in “sugaring” (tapping his Maple tree for syrup). Finding no one else who enjoyed true Nebraska Maple Syrup, this was a short-lived hobby.

  In addition to his other hobbies, Jerry loved traveling. He had been to India, Jordan and Ireland. Jerry took several trips to Colombia with his nephew and his family and became an honorary member of the Calderon family. Jerry recently took a road trip with his kids from Nebraska to Maine, hitting every possible landmark along the way. The highlight of this trip for him was the Stephen King tour in Bangor, Maine. Jerry had a cruise planned for the summer to go down the Danube from Germany to Hungary.

  Jerry never missed a family holiday or event. Few things made him happier than being surrounded by family for any occasion. He made a point of talking to each and every family member and made sure he knew what everyone had going on. Jerry always looked forward to visits from his grandchildren and great-granddaughter. He made sure beds were ready and the pantry was stocked. Even though Jerry may not have told you directly how proud he was of you, he was bragging about you to someone else.

Jerry is survived by his two children Gabe and Mandi; five grandchildren Gabbie (Josiah) Ragsdale, Bianca Tielke, Lincoln Tielke, Bentley Tielke-Freeman and Judah Tielke; as well as one great-granddaughter Willow; two brothers Bill (Julie) Tielke and Mike (Joy) Tielke; three sisters Terri (Tom) Olander, Becci (Bob) Olander and Merri (Darold) Schneider; three brothers-in-law Mike (Liz) Darnell, David (Lanorma) Darnell and Darrell (Stacy) Darnell;one uncle Jack (Edith) Tielke; cousins; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife Becky Darnell-Tielke; parents V.J. and Beth Tielke; one sister Patti Swanson; parents-in-law Jack and Leta Darnell; one brother-in-law Gary Darnell; and one nephew Damian Olander, who whether Damian liked it or not, Jerry had a very special relationship with.

Though Jerry's death was unexpected, being the planner he was, he left some instructions and a little note for everyone – “In all I'm satisfied with the way my life played out. In hindsight, there are always decisions you wish you would have made differently, choices you wish you would have made or not made. But without all those good and bad, right and wrongs, it wouldn't have been my life, and I really can't regret that.”


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