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Jerome  A. Rehse

Obituary for Jerome A. Rehse

February 20, 1934 - January 4, 2018
Horicon, Wisconsin | Age 83


Jerome A. Rehse, 83, of Horicon passed away on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at his home.

A visitation for Jerome will be at Zion Lutheran Church, Horicon on Thursday, Jan. 11th from 10:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. A funeral service will follow at 11:30 a.m. with Rev. Daniel Vojta officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery in Horicon with graveside military honors conducted by Horicon American Legion Post 157.

Jerome was born on February 20, 1934 the son of Elmer W. and Esther (Neitzel) Rehse, Sr. in Beaver Dam. He was a 1952 graduate of Horicon High School. On December 30, 1968, he was united in marriage to Lois Firehammer at Zion Lutheran Church in Horicon.

He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church and a member of the ushers club. Jerome had served his country in the United States Army for two years. He was retired from John Deere Horicon Works in 1992 after 32 years of service. He had volunteered at the Bethesda store for many years. He was also named Citizen of the Year, in Horicon in 2006 – 2007.

Jerome played baseball in the Rock River League, with Horicon for 30 years; and then became the manager of the team for a number of years. He played basketball in the Land O' Lakes League, with the Horicon City team for 20 years. He enjoyed bowling for many years. He also enjoyed playing cards and doing puzzles in his spare time. He loved to watch the UW Badgers and was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears and the Chicago Cubs.

Jerome is survived by his wife Lois and his two step sons: Paul (Karen) Firehammer of Machesney Park, IL and Fredric (Lorna) Firehammer of Cibolo, TX; three grandchildren: Anthony (Abbie) Firehammer, Steven Firehammer and Rebecca Firehammer; four great grandchildren: Brayden, Makenzie, Nathen and Matthew; his brother James (Carol) Rehse of Mountain Home, Arkansas; his in-laws: Dorothy Cleburn of Oklahoma, Judi (Ted) Strzempko of Massachusetts and Gary (Sue) Hurello of Colorado. He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers Peter and Elmer.

Memorials may be directed to Zion Lutheran Church or to the Horicon American Legion Post 157.

The Koepsell-Murray Funeral Home in Horicon is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at

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