Jerry Lee Barr, 80, passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 19, surrounded by loved ones. He considered himself part of the Hoisington family and is survived by his devoted wife, Georgia Barr; brother, Lowell (Barbara) Barr; children, Scott (Barbara) Barr, Amy Beilke, Sharon (Ernesto) Corpus, Matt Barr, and Tim Barr; grandchildren, Karah (Matt) Johnson, Jaysen (Haley Lynch) LuMaye, Emanuel (Cecelia Lozano) Corpus, Meggie (Riley) LuMaye-Sawyer, Jackson Corpus, Kadin Barr, Salvador Corpus, Mirran Barr, and Julia Barr; and great-grandchildren, Georgia Johnson and Mason Knetter. He was welcomed into Heaven by his father, Howard C. Barr; mother, Irene M. Barr (Schultz); father-in-law, Karl H. Hoisington; mother-in-law, Helen E. Hoisington (Green); brother, Donald C. Barr; granddaughter, Natalie V. Corpus; brothers-in-law, Donald M. Fritz and Charles R. Palmer; sisters-in-law Rose Mary Teresa (Rodriguez) Hoisington and Cynthia J. (Davis) Hoisington; niece, Samantha R. McMullen; and best buddy, Jake, who was indeed a good boy.
Jerry graduated from West Allis Central High School in 1959, where he was a proud baritone in the a cappella school choir, often performing in double quartets. He met the love of his life Georgia Gail Hoisington in 1953 and the two were married on December 2, 1961. After graduation, Jerry served his apprenticeship and became a Journeyman Machinist at Allis Chalmers. He had a brilliant mind with an entrepreneurial spirit and quickly became a master mechanic. He also had a wealth of experience in tool and die making and as a machinist.
Motivated by the love of Christ and empowered by the Holy Spirit, Jerry joined New Tribes Missions in 1967 with his wife, Georgia, and two, soon to be three, children at the time. There, he was a student of the Lord extensively studying the bible and preparing for a life of missionary work. Though the family never ventured out into the world as missionaries, God had other plans, and Jerry was a ready and willing spiritual mentor throughout his life. He is remembered as a born-again Christian and an active member of his church community.
Jerry was an incredibly hard worker and landed his dream job as a faculty member at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in the Diesel Engine and Heavy Equipment program in 1984. During his 19-year tenure at NWTC, he spent his well-deserved summers off with family and focused on his many hobbies – whether that be racing the vintage racecar he built, tinkering with his sailboat, or loading his own ammunition for his gun collection. In retirement, he also enjoyed shooting the cannon during Civil War Reenactments.
Jerry built a life with Georgia and his family at the center. His love for his family was demonstrated through acts of service to them – whether that be car and home repairs, babysitting his beloved grandchildren, teaching Sunday school, building Pinewood Derby cars and real racecars for that matter. Whatever his adoring family needed, he was always there. Jerry refused to grow up and whenever he was around, there were sure to be many laughs and shenanigans. Jerry also had a serious side. He was a great listener and genuinely made those he loved feel that they were not alone in this walk through life. He was always learning and evolving to become the best person he could be.
A celebration of life will be held at Sturgeon Bay Community Church (515 N 12th Ave, Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235) on Saturday, April 30, 2022 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Jerry Barr’s memorial fund.
Visitation for family and friends will be held on Saturday at the church from 1:00 p.m. until the time of service.
Special thanks to all the family members for their enduring support and caregivers from Home Instead and Sunflower Cottage who helped Georgia keep her promise to Jerry to keep him safe at home until the end.
Huehns Funeral Home, Inc. & Door County Crematory LLC of Sturgeon Bay are assisting the family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jerry may be shared with his family through his tribute page at www.huehnsfuneralhome.com.
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