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10/21/2017 7:29:00 AM
Gerald James Van Beynen Jr.

Gerald James Van Beynen, Jr. age 69 of Flat Rock, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017 following a five-year battle with cancer. He was born March 8, 1948 in Oshkos; a son of Audrey (Neumann) Van Beynen and the late Gerald Van Beynen, Sr. In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Gayle Fletcher.

His family moved to Rhinelander in 1959; in 1966 he graduated from Rhinelander High School. Following graduation, he went to baker's school which led to running the family business, The Tasty Bakery. He also operated the Dutch Oven and Deli and Bernie's prior to moving onto other adventures in Florida. He moved to North Carolina in 2007, where he retired in February, 2016. Jerry loved life to the end, he had a passion for baking, cooking and traveling; his bucket list was never fulfilled.

In addition to his mother, Audrey; he is survived by the love of his life and best friend, Ina Dale Runnels; one son, Tim Van Beynen; one daughter, Ann Marie (Russ) Waldrop; four grandchildren, Gretchen Van Beynen and Maximus, Zylo, and Bazz Waldrop; three sisters, Carla Fletcher, Mary (Mark) Sturm, Karen (Dave) Mittelsteadt; and by aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends and Maggie, his canine companion.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you for all of the prayers and love during his illness.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jerry's memory to Four Seasons Hospice, 571 S. Allen Road, Flat Rock, NC 28731 is appreciated.

An online register book is available for family and friends by visiting Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors and Cremation Memorial Center is in charge of the arrangements.

Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, April 28, 2019
Article comment by: don combs

I missed the obituary of another classmate passing. Jerry was a fun guy to be around and he definitely left his footprint and fond memories.

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018
Article comment by: Pr Steve Woita

Deepest sympathy on the death of Jerry.

Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018
Article comment by: Craig Strid

Jerry worked hard and succeeded in every business he opened. From a Persian or a bite to eat at the Deli it was 5 star selections and service. When Jerry came back to run the bakery I would find him sitting in front of the bakery reading the paper when I would be heading into work. It was a treat and pleasure to see Jerry and to talk. Go with God Jerry. Your in my thoughts and prayers.
Craig and Gail Strid

Posted: Sunday, October 22, 2017
Article comment by: Donald Vancos

I will always remember the fun we had growing up and working together with you and your family. We pulled off some pretty good capers and kept Rhinelander on it's toes. The memories will live forever.

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