Gerald A. Karls, age 78, of Chilton, died on October 27, 2023. He was born to the late Benedict and Dolores (Schmitz) Karls on January 4, 1945. He went to St. Charles School, Charlesburg, and was a 1963 graduate of New Holstein High School. \n\nIn his youth, he crossed paths with a young lady at a softball game in Marytown. He was smitten with her long legs and on June 6, 1964, he married Lorraine Steffes at Holy Cross Church in Mt. Calvary.\n\nGerry was a farmer to his very core and farmed his entire life by starting to milk cows at the age of 7 in a neighbor’s barn. His other jobs included butchering, even during the middle of the night, in an effort to save the meat from the farmer’s injured cow. He used his butchering skills while working at Bechlem & Calumet Meats in Chilton. \n\nIn earlier years he enjoyed hunting, sturgeon spearing, polka dancing, golfing and snowmobiling. Later in life, his time was spent enjoying the great outdoors by ice fishing, smoking fish, and solving all of the world’s problems while clipping lawn around the farm which covered 3 different townships. He was well known for making summer sausage, constantly listening to polka music, and was frequently found in the stands while attending his grandchildren’s sporting events. As a lifelong member of St. Charles Catholic Church, he lended his booming voice by singing in the church choir. In his downtime, Gerry enjoyed going on vacation, playing with his cat, Buddy, swatting flies, and always looked forward to picking stones (ya right). As a true handyman, he could fix almost anything with whatever was currently available to him, even if it cost more to fix than buy a new one.\n\nHe was incredibly blessed to have his family, and they were always willing to remind him of this on every occasion they could. Gerry is survived by his wife of 59 years, Lorraine; six children: Sharon (Bob) Broeckel, Rick (Cathy) Karls, Randy (Lynda) Karls, Cindy Karls, Linda Karls, and Jenny (Ryan) Scholz; grandchildren: Cheyanne Broeckel, Kevin Broeckel, Ryan Broeckel, Tyler Karls, Allison Karls, Rachel Karls, Danielle Karls, Heather Karls, Aryana Scholz, Rayden Scholz, Kendra Scholz, and Maleah Scholz; siblings: Joyce (John) Giebel, Ron (Sue) Karls, Diane Nett, Audrey Schaefer, Allen (Donna) Karls, and Karen Karls; in-laws: Elmer Steffes, Marie (Jim) Ausloos, Ceil (Joe) Schaefer, Annie (John) Schmitz, Jeanne (Dory) Hart-Steffes, and Judy (Joe) Reising.\n\nGerry was preceded in death by his parents; in-laws: Ben (Virginia) Steffes, Betty Steffes, Joe Nett, and Jim Schaefer; and his Godchild: Lori Nett.\n\nFuneral service will be at 5:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2023 at the Wieting Family Funeral Home (411 W. Main St.) in Chilton. A time of visitation will be held at the funeral home from 1:00 pm until 4:30 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2023. At the time of the service and following, there will be a link available for those wishing to watch an archived recording of the service, watch a memorial video, or see pictures of the flowers and gifts given to the family at wietingfuneralhome.com\n\nThe family extends a special thank you to the entire group at Calumet County Hospice, especially nurses, Anna and Linda. Your love and support that was shown to Gerry and his entire family is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.