Obituary: SMSgt Gerald John Miesbauer

Nov. 29, 1937 – Feb. 7, 2024

SMSgt Gerald “Jerry” John Miesbauer, age 86 of the Town of Sevastopol, died on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024, at Door County Medical Center with his family by his side.

Jerry was born on Nov. 29, 1937, to the late Peter and Ethel (Kuechenmeister) Miesbauer in Milwaukee. He graduated from Wauwatosa High School in 1956.  Jerry proudly served in the United States Air Force from Dec. 22, 1958, until May 30, 1979. On May 21, 1966, Jerry was united in marriage to Kristine “Kris” Mary Kachel at the First Congregational Church in Wauwatosa. The couple had three children, Jennifer, Amy, and Peter.

Jerry worked for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation for over 30 years and retired as the Director of Real Estate. He then founded and ran a successful consulting business, GJ Miesbauer and Associates, Inc. Through this business, he assisted the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and other state municipalities by acquiring real estate for public improvement projects. The “Associates” of the business were his wife, and eventually, his son. He was so proud that his son continued to run the business after he officially retired and moved to Door County in 2016.

Jerry was a member of the National Corvette Museum and the Air Force Association. He loved planes, dogs, and of course, his Corvettes.  He owned six throughout his life, including two that we took delivery of directly at the factory. But most of all he loved and cherished his family. He will always be remembered for his deep devotion to his wife, children, and grandchildren.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife, Kris; children, Jennifer (Bob) Moore of Gleason, Amy (Paul) Frank of Sturgeon Bay, and Peter (Kellie) Miesbauer of Fitchburg; grandchildren, Makayla Allan, Tommy Frank, Jonah Frank, Nora Miesbauer, and Henry Miesbauer; and his dog, Gizmo. He is further survived by nieces, other relatives, and friends.

He is preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Donald (Janice) Miesbauer, and one sister, Barbara (Henry) Zinkann.

The family extends a heartfelt thank you to the nurses and staff of the Door County Medical Center 2nd Floor Med Surgical Unit and Unity Hospice for the respectful and loving care they provided.

A celebration of life will be held on Feb. 24, 2024, at Huehns Funeral Home, 1414 Michigan Street, Sturgeon Bay, from Noon to 1:45 pm with closing prayers at 1:45 pm.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Wisconsin Humane Society – Door County Campus in Jerry’s name.

Huehns Funeral Home is assisting the Miesbauer family. Expressions of sympathy, memories, and photos of Jerry may be shared with his family through his tribute page at