Jerry E. Gaerte, 68, of Albion, passed away on May 21, 2021, at Parkview Whitley Hospital in Columbia City. \nHe was born at Lucky Hospital in Wolf Lake, on April 29, 1953, to Gene and Mary Ann (Geiger) Gaerte. He spent his formative years in Noble County, graduating from Central Noble High School in 1972.\nJerry was married to Carolyn "Candy" Smith at Big Lake Church of God in Whitley County, on December 11, 1982.\nHe retired from Dexter Axle in 2009, after 32 years of service. While at Dexter he did many different jobs.\nJerry loved to fish. He also enjoyed celebrating his boys and their many different accomplishments. Whether it was farming, excavating, or engineering, he was very proud. He was especially proud to be a Grandpa "Papa" to Makinsley. \nJerry is survived by his wife of 38 years, Candy Gaerte; his mother, Mary Ann Gaerte; his three sons, Danny Hart, Joshua (Cassi) Gaerte, and Jason (Noelle) Gaerte; a sister, Deborah (Jack) Gaff; four brothers, Steven (Vickie) Gaerte, Daniel (Trudy) Gaerte, Alvin (Debra) Gaerte, and George (Jody) Gaerte and his granddaughter, Makinsley Gaerte.\nHe was preceded in death by his father, Gene Gaerte on November 18, 1999.\nService will take place at Blue River Church of the Brethren on Thursday, May 27, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., with calling one hour prior to the service.\n \nThe family will receive family and friends at Sheets & Childs Funeral Home, Churubusco Chapel, on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, from 2 to 8 p.m.\nBurial taking place at Wolf Lake Cemetery.\nMemorials to Charter Oak Church or Noble or Whitley County Gideon.\nOnline notes to the family can be made at www.sheetsandchilds.com.