Obit: Cypher, Jerome J. (1922 - 2013)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt 

Surnames: Adams, Cypher, Danen, Dums, Gabrys, Habermeyer, Holmberg, Pernsteiner, Pocock, Ruesch, Rhyner, Schimada, Weiler

----Source: The Star News (Medford, WI) 06/27/2013

Cypher, Jerome J. (20 APR 1922 - 20 JUN 2013)

Jerome J. Cypher, 91, Medford, died on Thursday, June 20 while under hospice care, at Care Partners Assisted Living in Medford where he had resided the past two years.

Funeral services were held on Monday, June 24 at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Medford, with full military honors conducted by the Medford and Stetsonville Military Honors Team. Interment of his cremated remains was at Holy Rosary Catholic Cemetery in Medford. Pallbearers were his grandsons, Joseph Cypher, John and Terry Pocock, and Adam, Donald and Blake Dums.

Hemer Funeral Homes of Medford and Rib Lake assisted the family with arrangements.

Jerome Cypher was born on April 20, 1922 in the Town of Deer Creek to the late William and Bernadine (Danen) Cypher. He attended Spruce Grove Elementary School in the Town of Deer Creek. He served in the United States Army during World War II in North Africa and Italy.

On May 28, 1946 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Stetsonville, he married Margaret "Margie" Rhyner, and they later divorced. His special friend and roommate for 20 years, Doll Habermeyer, preceded him in death in 1995. On January 25, 1997 in Rib Lake, he married Helen Dums, who preceded him in death on October 26, 2004.

He worked at Hurd Millwork in Medford, and co-owned and operated the Westboro Locker in Westboro from 1946 to 1964. He then moved to Wisconsin Dells where he worked at Badger Ordinance in Baraboo for five years, then to Wausau where he worked at Kolbe and Kolbe Millwork until his retirement when he moved to Stetsonville. He moved to Care Partners Assisted Living in 2011.

He was a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Medford VFW, Stetsonville American Legion and Catholic Order of Foresters. He enjoyed quilting, crocheting, traveling and playing cards.

Survivors include four children, Richard (Darlene) Cypher of Baraboo, Raymond (Patricia) Cypher of Dorchester, Jerry Cypher of Pennsylvania and Karen Pocock of Rib Lake; eight step-sons. Bernard (Lavonne) Dums and Jeffrey (friend Lori) Dums, both of Medford, Warren (Patti) Dums of Kewaskum, Marvin Dums of Rockford, Ill., Thomas (Connie) Dums and Andrew (Karen) Dums, both of Rib Lake, Francis (Lori) Dums of Westboro, and Peter (Barb) Dums of Wausau; three step-daughters, Cecelia (Doug) Holmberg of Wausau, Barbara (Rex) Ruesch of Westboro and Susan (Roger Schimada) Gabrys of Little Canada, Minn.; a brother, James (Marilyn) Cypher of Stetsonville; two sisters, Agnes Pernsteiner of Medford and Jeanette (Gerald) Adams of Eagle River; nine grandchildren; 30 step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 24 step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, friend and second wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Patrick Cypher Sr.; two granddaughters, Jennifer and Elizabeth Cypher; two step-great-grandchildren, Virgil Weiler and Gavin Dums; and five brothers, Kenneth, Edward, David, Raymond and Norbert Cypher.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions to Hope Hospice of Medford.

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