Joseph “Jerry” Chmidling, age 84, of Leavenworth Kansas, died Sunday, October 17, 2021 at the Clinton Memorial hospital, Wilmington. He passed away after a short illness while visiting family in Ohio. He wanted to see the homes that his grandsons were building and remodeling, and he was able to fulfill that wish. Jerry was born January 6, 1937, the sixth of nine children, the son of the late John and Agnes (Meier) Chmidling. Jerry had worked for several years with Shrey Lumber in Leavenworth, Kansas. He then worked for his brother Richard Chmidling as a carpenter before he transitioned to Lansing Lumber at both their Lansing and a satellite store in Easton, Kansas. For several years, he worked as a roofer at American Roofing. Every morning he would show up to work with his boots untied and when you would tell him they were untied he would always respond “I’ll tie them when I’m ready to work.” Those boots were tied for a number of years, as he was always on the go. When he came to visit, he wouldn’t stay long and would always say “let’s go” not long after getting there. When you asked him what he needed to do or where he was going, he would respond we have to get something done. He did a lot of side work remodeling, putting on editions, and roofing throughout the years making numerous friends along the way. Hunting pheasants and quail were something he always loved to do. Whether it was hunting or fishing he loved to be outside and was always on the go in his younger years. The only real hobby he had was shooting trap and playing cards with friends. He enjoyed family events from eating every Sunday at Mom’s to showers, weddings, and any other reason to see and visit with family. Jerry is survived by his wife, Judy (Wheeler) Chmidling; son John (Theresa) Chmidling; step-daughter, Joni (Gerry) Herzog: grandchildren, Nicholas (Nichole) Chmidling, Tabitha Chmidling, and Alex (Alyssa) Chmidling; great grandchildren, Elaina Knauff and Logan Chmidling; sister Carol Daniels; brother John (Diane) Chmidling; and several nieces and nephews, who affectionately called him Uncle Jerry. In addition to his parents, Jerry is preceded in death by his first wife, Lucille Marie (Martin) Chmidling; special friend Marlene Jackson; siblings and in-laws, Joan (Carl) Noll, Mary Chmidling, Marvin (Bernadette) Chmidling, William “Bill” (Marilyn) Chmidling, Charles “Chuck” (Mildred) Chmidling, Richard (Eileen) Chmidling; and brother-in-law Jim Daniels. A Celebration of Jerry’s Life is being planned for a later date. The family suggests Memorial Contributions be directed to St Lawrence Catholic Church in Easton, Kansas, or the charity of the donor’s choice. Brown Funeral Home, Wilmington, is assisting the family. To leave an on-line condolence please visit www.arehart-brown.com, or see our Facebook page, Brown Funeral Home.
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