Gerald Anton “Gerry” Wellik

Rochester, Olmsted County, Minnesota, USA
Death 30 Sep 2007 (aged 75)
Crystal, Hennepin County, Minnesota, USA
Burial Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown
Memorial ID 167645712 · View Source
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CRYSTAL - Gerald "Gerry" Anton Wellik, 75, of Crystal, Minn., died on Sept. 30, 2007, at home surrounded by his family. A 44-year resident of Crystal and a 35-year resident of Gull Lake, Brainerd, Minn. Gerry graduated from Elkton High School and the University of Minnesota. He served in the United States Army from 1953 to 1954. He was a beloved husband, compassionate father and devoted grandpa.

Gerry spent 19 years farming with his father. After leaving the farm, Gerry served in the Korean War from 1953 to 1954. He met Peggy Nielsen, his future wife, in Austin, Minn., and they married June 2, 1956. Gerry felt very fortunate to celebrate his 50th wedding anniversary with Peggy last year.

Gerry graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in business. He began his career as a salesman and was a natural entrepreneur and businessman. In 1967, he founded LSI Corporation of America Inc., which became a major manufacturer of plastic laminate casework for schools and hospitals. Through his tireless work ethic, LSI grew to national prominence and was an industry leader.

Gerry retired in 1999. This allowed him more time at his home on Gull Lake. Every weekend from May to October, Gerry would fish with his father, friends and grandkids. Being outdoors, watching sunsets on the deck with Peggy, taking an evening pontoon ride and going for golf cart rides with his grandkids were a few of his favorite things to do while at the cabin. He was an extremely involved grandpa who rarely ever missed one of his grandkids' activities.

Gerry never forgot his roots. He and Peggy supported the Southland School district in southern Minnesota for more than 20 years by providing scholarships for graduating seniors. They strongly believed in education and offering assistance to students from rural areas. Gerry was very proud of the Wellik Fitness Center at Southland High School where he and Peggy furnished fitness equipment for students and the community.

He gave generously to the North Memorial Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center and Residential Hospice, the Mayo Foundation and the Southland Public Education Foundation. Every year he did door-to-door fundraising in his neighborhood for the American Cancer Society.

Gerry was an avid sports fan and coached his children's sports teams for many years. In 1979, he led his daughter's softball team to a state championship. When he wasn't working, he enjoyed watching high school and college sports. He was a University of Minnesota Gophers season ticket holder for many men's and women's sports teams. Spring vacation was postponed every year until the Minnesota State Boys' High School basketball tournament concluded.

For several years Gerry was a successful Trans Am series sports car driver at Brainerd International Raceway, in Florida, California, Canada and Mexico. Gerry continued to follow auto racing over the years. Other pastimes included pheasant and duck hunting as well as fishing at Gull Lake and in Canada.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Anton and Lorraine (Kettner) Wellik of Elkton, Minn.; nephews, Wayne Moore and Jeffrey Shepherd; and niece, Donette Lee.

Gerry is survived by Peggy, his wife of 51 years; daughter, Amy (Anne Gorde); and sons, Philip, Jamie (Rebecca) and Danny; grandchildren, Eleanor, Emma, Isabel, Zoe and Edison. He is also survived by sisters, Bette Paine (Joe) and Janet Shepherd; many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

Gerry will be greatly missed by his family, friends and colleagues, and his little dog Rumple.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to the North Memorial Hubert H. Humphrey Cancer Center, 3435 West Broadway, Robbinsdale, MN 55422 or the Southland Public Education Foundation, P.O. Box 291, Adams, MN 55909.

Services will be Friday, Oct. 5, at 2:30 p.m. at Calvary Lutheran Church, 7520 Golden Valley Road, Golden Valley. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church and also Thursday, Oct. 4, from 5-8 p.m. at Washburn-McReavy Glen Haven Chapel, 5125 West Broadway, Crystal.

-Brainerd Dispatch Online, 2007

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  • Created by: Janet Stephenson
  • Added: 1 Aug 2016
  • Find A Grave Memorial 167645712
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gerald Anton “Gerry” Wellik (28 Aug 1932–30 Sep 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 167645712, ; Maintained by Janet Stephenson (contributor 46853083) Cremated, Location of ashes is unknown.