• 84 years old
  • Born on March 5, 1932 in Holton, Kansas, United States.
  • Passed away on October 26, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, United States.

This memorial website was created in memory of Gerald Schirmer, 84, born on March 5, 1932 and passed away on October 26, 2016. Gerry was best known for his commitment to family, friends, and country and for his passion for aviation.

Memorial service will be held at Evangel United Methodist Church on November 12, 2016 at 10:00 am at 227 Pennsylvania Ave, Holton, KS, 66436. Burial will follow at Holton Cemetery. In lieu of flowers please, please make a donation to the VFW Post 1367, 926 West 6th Street, Holton, KS 66436.

Posted by Scott Allan on 9th December 2016
For all of us "Reno Players", Gerry was a leader, mentor and guide. HIs never ending smile and dry, quick, witty humor made him beloved to all of us. His simple but fascinating fighter pilot wisdom I use in my daily life. Not a day goes by when we are at the races that we don't tell a story about "The things we learned from Gerry!" For over 30 years, we have followed the map he drew for us. Next year, we will affectionately toast him, with teary eyes and wavering breath. Thank you, Gerry.
Posted by Richard Flechsig on 12th November 2016
I just wanted to add my 2 cents. Gerry was one of my instructors and then Ops Officer at Nellis in the F-111. He also got me into QB's. I was lucky enough to see him at this year's Reno Air Races. He was always a happy-go-lucky guy and a joy to be around. So "a silent toast to another QB gone West." Flex Flechsig, Reno,NV.
Posted by Robert Depperman on 8th November 2016
Class 55K member @ Bartow Fl where we mastered the T-6 aircraft. I looked up Gerry in the "Swivel Head" Classbook to trigger a memory and it worked. Another small town kid whose life would never be the same. I did a full career in USAF but in "many motor" aircraft. Trying to recall if the Schirmers made a 55K Reunion; one of the pics looks like Reno Air Race bleachers. Gerry's accident reminds me of the admonishment in the VFW service that I suspect he will have. I have the good fortune of still flying solo as few of our classmates still do, so Gerry's passing hit even harder. God Bless you all in this difficult time.
Posted by DC Jensen on 7th November 2016
Gerry was a pilots pilot and a man's man. He was one of a kind and a truly great person. We had the pleasure and honor of knowing he and Nancy for well over 45 years. A good friend will be greatly missed. DC & Cathy Jensen, Las Vegas, Nevada.

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