Gerald Emil Schluter, age 77 of Pulaski, Virginia, passed away on Thursday, January 23, 2020, at special private care home Forever Young. He was born on June 9, 1942, in Carroll, Iowa, to parents Emil and Violetta (Witt) Schluter. He was baptized and confirmed at Peace Lutheran Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. Gerald grew up on the family farm and attended a one room school-house Jackson #1. He graduated from Wall Lake High School in 1960, and received his bachelors at Iowa State University (1964), Masters (1966), and Ph.D. in agricultural economics (1971). Gerald worked for almost 40 years for the Economic Research Service (ERS) at the United States Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C.
Gerald was preceded in death by his wife of 43 years, Carolyn Jean Finnell Schluter, his parents, his sister Audrey Lamaak, brothers-in-law Jack Lamaak and Don Wagner, sister Lorraine Schluter, and niece Elizabeth Wagner. He is survived by his only child, daughter Deborah (Jean) Schluter Bauer, son-in-law Keith Bauer, grandson Blake, granddaughter Darcey, sisters Ruth (Wade) Bruggeman and Rita (Bill) Hicks, sisters-in-law Mary (Randy) Gordon and Barb Wagner, nieces and nephews: Daryl (Shelly) Lamaak, Vicki Vanderbilt, Keith (LeAnn) Lamaak, Janet (Gail) Wilwerding, Brian (Sue) Bruggeman, Carol Bruggeman, Bret (Beth) Hicks, and Scott (Julie) Hicks; other extended family members and friends.
Gerald was a proud Iowa State alumnus and fan and attended the annual Harriman House Reunion for many years with friends who he has known for over 60 years. He also made lifelong friends at ERS such as Chinkook Lee, C.S. Kim, and Ron Babula. Gerald had over 86 published professional articles.
While he missed his dear wife Carolyn, he did enjoy living with his daughter Debbie, Keith, Blake, Darcey, and the dogs since 2012 until moving to Forever Young. Gerald loved being around his grandchildren and attending their events such as soccer, dance, and drama. He was very proud of Blake and Darcey and beamed when he talked about them. He also loved animals and the dogs were his buddies. They called him the “animal whisperer” at Pulaski Adult Day Services because animals really liked him. Gerald was also very proud of and close to his daughter Debbie and Keith and treated Keith like a son. Gerald was an optimist and cheered for the Washington Redskins.
Special thanks to our angel caregivers at Forever Young, Good Samaritan Hospice, Pastor Scott Obenchain at Blue Ridge Church, Christiansburg, VA, and Reverend Roger Carlisle at Peace Lutheran Church, Wall Lake, IA, including Dianna Bucchi, Alysia Dobbins, Carol Marshall, Tammy Trussler and Good Samaritan Hospice who gave him loving, compassionate care. Pulaski Adult Day Services and Linda Davis also gave Dad excellent care for many years and are part of our family as well. Thank you to all of our friends and neighbors who cared for Dad and looked out for him including Blake and Darcey’s friends. All who knew Dad commented on his gentleness and kindness. My Dad was the kind of man who put his wife and family first, played with the grandkids and the dogs, and lived what he believed. Many people have said that Gerald was the smartest, kindest, and gentlest person they have known.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pulaski Adult Day Services, Dublin, VA.
10:30 a.m., Monday
April 5, 2021
Peace Lutheran Church
Wall Lake, Iowa