The Passing of Gerald (Pops) G. Droese, 212th 69-70

Obituary for Gerald Grahm “Pops” Droese

Gerald G. “Pops” Droese, found peace on May 9, 2019 at the age of 74 years. He is survived by his loving wife Joyce (nee Gerlach) of 47 years. He is the loving father of Craig, Brendt and Paul. Proud Papa of Caitlin Droese, Mandi and Paige Kurth. Also survived by siblings; Bernice Grams, Dale (Kris), Jim, Diane (La Vern) Pomeroy and David (Theresa), sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, longtime friends and his Vietnam buddies. He was preceded in death by his mother Hazel, step-father Ed Wiedmeyer, father Clem Droese, brothers; Ronnie, Roger, Harold and Danny, brother-in-law Jerry Grams.

Gerald proudly served in Vietnam 212th MPS dog handlers from 1969-1970. He was the service officer with the United Vietnam Veterans of Hartford for many years and the Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dog Alumni.

Funeral Services for Gerald will be held at 2:00pm on Tuesday May 14th at the Phillip Funeral Home Chapel (1420 W Paradise Dr. West Bend) with Military Honors following. Visitation will be held on Tuesday at the funeral home from 12:00 pm until time of service. Burial to follow at St. Paul’s UCC Cemetery in Menomonee Falls.

In lieu of flowers, memorials to Stars and Stripes for Vets or the American Heart Association are appreciated.

The family would like to thank Kathy Hospice and Dr. Herdrich and staff for all the care they gave to Gerald.

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2 thoughts on “The Passing of Gerald (Pops) G. Droese, 212th 69-70

  1. From John Caldwell 212th 69-70: I received a message this morning from Gerrie (Pops) Doese’s son that Gerrie had passed away. Pops was with the 212th in 69-70 and was at Long Binh and Soc Trang, Gerrie had made several of the reunions but due to his health had not been able to get to any of them since the first San Antonio reunion. He was a great guy and even a better friend. Thank You for your service Pops.

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