Jerry W. Dischler passed away on March 24, 2021, at the age of 68 in his loving wifes arms at his farm in Moorland with both of his sons, Greg and Dan holding his hands. His granddaughter, Leslie gave him a gentle kiss and hug prior to his leaving. Leslie so loved her “pappa” as Jerry loved her, the “light of his life”. They were able to fly a kite the week prior to his passing and spend precious time together.
Jerry was born on July 12, 1952, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. His parents, Ann (Rathouz) Dischler and Herbert Dischler preceded him. His step father, Ross Nesler also preceded him.
Jerry graduated from Fort Dodge Senior High School in 1971. With $100.00 in his pocket he set out to explore Europe for the summer. He spent time in France and Germany. He soon learned that $100.00 didnt last long and accepted employment with the U.S. Army Commissary in order to expand his trip and eventually cross the English Channel. Upon returning to Iowa from his summer adventure, he attended and graduated from Iowa Central Community College with a business degree.
Jerry married Diane Neustupa at St. Pauls Lutheran Church in Fort Dodge on April 6, 1979, they would have celebrated their 42nd anniversary this year. The couple have two sons, Greg Dischler, Fort Dodge who inherited his fathers big heart, friendliness and willingness to visit with anyone.
And Dan Dischler, Fort Dodge, Iowa who inherited his fathers steadfastness, strength, determination, integrity and resolve to never give up.
Leslie Dischler (father, Greg) inherited her grandfathers steel blue eyes and happy nature.
Together Jerry and Diane worked to start farming with no family help only the determination to realize Jerrys dream. They purchased their first farm together only to loose their first crop due to large hail. Jerry worked at Payless Cashway, Sears, and was a postal subcontractor. He farmed in the Moorland and Barnum area.
Jerry was an avid reader and historian focusing on the Civil War, WW1 and WW2. He was able to travel to Germany with his eldest son Greg, as well as travel to Prague with Dan. His final bucket list trip was to Belgium to the Argonne and Ardennes Forest to visit where his step father flew as a liaison pilot during World War 2.
Summer vacations when his sons were young were spent at Lake Okoboji. Jerry always enjoyed his morning coffee, a good steak and a cold beer. He enjoyed deer hunting when he was younger.
He enjoyed trips to Oshkosh, Wisconsin with his best friend, Dee Kopp as they were both plane enthusiasts, having fathers that were pilots.
Jerry traveled to New Orleans, Florida, Montreal, Wisconsin, South Carolina and to Pennsylvania (many times to see extended family). Trips were planned at times to historical places.
Diane was his rock during his decade long journey with Waldenstroms disease. She resigned her job to become his advocate, nurse, and fighter in his quest to find the right treatment for this rare illness. Jerry never complained and always had a smile no matter how awful he felt or tired he was during his 10 years of treatment. Diane researched and had Dana-Farber Cancer Institute assist in his care since they are the specialists in this disease. Special thanks to the Bliss Cancer Nursing Staff as well as the compassionate nurses at Mary Greeley Hospital in Ames who treated Jerry during his lengthy illness.
Survivors include: Aunt Lillian Howard, Jefferson, Iowa, Aunt Carolyn and Uncle Arnold Dischler of Mt. Pleasant, Iowa. Sister Peggy King (Tom), Goldfield, Iowa and brother Andrew Nesler (Julissa) of Omaha, Nebraska; sister-in-laws, Irene Neustupa, Greenville, PA, Janet Augustine (Jerry), Greenville, PA., and Christine Krupski (Leonard), Jacksonville, Florida; as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Thomas J. Neustupa as well as his mother and father in law, Anita and Matthias Neustupa of Greenville, PA.
Jerry was very much loved and will be deeply missed.
No visitation or services are planned.