Jerry Bueker 1945-2021
Jerry Lee “JB” Bueker, 76, of Holton, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021 at Stormont-Vail Hospital in Topeka.
He was born Feb. 1, 1945, in Horton, the son of Willie E. and Roberta M. (Vandervort) Bueker.
Jerry graduated from Soldier High School in 1964. After graduation, he proudly served in the United States Navy from 1965 to 1969 during the Vietnam War.
He worked for Allis Chalmers as an assembler and inspector for 18 years and was self-employed building fence and seeding watershed dams for 25 years. He retired in 2017 from the State of Kansas after 28½ years; he worked in highway maintenance for KDOT.
Jerry was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Holton, Holton VFW Post 1367, Holton American Legion Post 44 and American Legion Riders. He also participated in Harvesters at Holton and Netawaka, he served at the Rescue Mission in Topeka representing his church and he was part of countless honor guards and flag lines to honor veterans at their passing. He loved his country and represented it well.
He married Terry Eileen (Rogers) Draper on June 14, 1997, in Holton. They celebrated more than 23 years of marriage.
Survivors include his wife, Terry, of the home; two daughters, Jerri Newman (Doug) of Shawnee and Kelli McClintock (Josh) of Holton; son, Jeff Draper (Sarah) of Holton; and nine grandchildren, Deanna, Jenna, Joshua, Mackenna, Reese, Savhannah, Madie, Gracie and Braylon.
Jerry will lie in state late Friday afternoon, Feb. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 21 until 6 p.m. at Mercer Funeral Home in Holton. A private family funeral and burial with military honors will be held Monday, Feb. 22. A celebration open to all friends and family will be planned for a future date to be determined.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Holton Vets Club or First United Methodist Church, sent in care of Mercer Funeral Home, P.O. Box 270, Holton, KS 66436. To leave a special message for the family, please visit www.mercerfuneralhomes.com