The Honorable Gerald William Laabs, 71, of Black River Falls, Wisconsin, passed away Monday, September 7, 2015, at home surrounded by his loving family.
He was born August 1, 1944, to Harold and Martha (Hermansen) Laabs in Marshfield, Wisconsin. Jerry was raised in Curtiss and later graduated from Tomah High School in 1962. He was a University of Wisconsin- LaCrosse graduate in 1966 and earned his law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School- Madison in 1969. Jerry was an attorney in Black River Falls for thirty-three years. From 2002 until 2008, he acted as the Jackson County Circuit Court Judge.
Jerry married the love of his life, Nancy (German) Laabs, on July 3, 1972 in Black River Falls. Together, they had two sons; Marc and Jay, of whom he was very proud. Jerry was an avid Badger fan and he enjoyed history and playing golf. He was a member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his sons: Marc (Amy) Laabs of Schererville, IN and Jay (Katherine) Laabs of Winnetka, IL; and his grandchildren: Elizabeth, Andrew, Beckett, William, and Baby Laabs on the way any day.
Jerry is preceded in death by his parents; Harold and Martha, and his brother Harold W. Laabs Jr.
A Time of Gathering will be from 4:00 PM until 7:00 PM on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at Skyline Golf Course Club, 612 North 11th Street, Black River Falls, WI 54615.
Memorials can be made to the Black River Memorial Hospital Hospice, 711 W Adams Street, Black River Falls; Boys and Girls Club, PO Box 832, Black River Falls; and the Black River Educational Enrichment Fund, PO Box 374, Black River Falls.
Torgerson Funeral Home of Black River Falls is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences are available at torgersonfuneralhome.com