Gerald (Jerry) D. Falck was born October 29, 1945, in Decorah, IA to Maxine (Cassel) and Arlin Falck. Jerry lived on a farm southeast of Burr Oak, Iowa, and attended Hesper rural schools until his family moved to Decorah in 1951, where he attended Decorah schools. During that time, he helped his Dad in the family farm implement business during summers. He graduated from Decorah High School in 1963, and from Luther College in 1967.
Jerry was employed by Lockheed in California, and later by Equifax in Cedar Rapids, IA, where he met the Love of his Life, Marilyn Streetman, in 1983. They shared their lives together until Marilyn passed away in 2017.
Jerry had a passion for automobile history and expanded on that by becoming an expert automobile historian. Once asked, he could tell you anything and everything about the hundreds of auto makers that began in the early 1900’s. He was frequently contacted as the “go-to” expert on all makes of automobiles from the early 1900’s to the 1950’s and was credited as a source in several national publications. Jerry also spent many memorable moments with his high school friends during and after college, and until his death.
Jerry passed away on Thursday, December 23, 2021, at Aase Haugen Senior Services in Decorah at the age of 76.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Arlin and Maxine Falck; his wife Marilyn; nephew John Brett Sovern; and two brothers-in-law Larry Sovern and John George Polulach.
Jerry is survived by and will be greatly missed by his sister-in-law, Barbara Sovern, his niece Lindsey (Matthew) Urbanek, and their sons Gray Declan Urbanek and Sylas John Urbanek; and his close friends Carleton Haugen, Rich Svenson, Jim Ehrie and Bob Kruse.
A Private Visitation will be held at Fjelstul Funeral Home in Decorah, Iowa. https://www.fjelstul.com/obituary/jerry-falck
Graveside Service will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2022, at Saint Francis de Sales Cemetery in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Derrick Funeral Home of Lake Geneva and Fjelstul Funeral Home of Decorah, Iowa are more then honored to be assisting the family.
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