Gerald "Jake" Wayne Anschuetz Sr.

Tawas City, Michigan
June 5, 1938 - October 22, 2019


Emanuel Lutheran Church
Saturday, November 2, 2019
9:30 AM until the time of service at 11:00 AM

Service Location

Emanuel Lutheran Church


Emanuel Lutheran Church
Saturday, November 2, 2019
11:00 AM

Obituary Notice

Gerald “Jake” Wayne Anschuetz Sr. of Grant Township, Tawas, Michigan passed away peacefully on Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at Iosco County Medical Care Facility. He was 81.

Jake was born June 5, 1938 in Tawas, Michigan to Arthur and Evelyn (Rempert) Anschuetz Sr. He was raised on their family farm and sawmill on Youngs Road. He married Diann Heierman on July 15, 1961.

He was drafted into military service in 1961, and served on active duty for three years in the US Army. He was assigned to a Transportation Company as a heavy equipment mechanic while stationed at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO.

After the military, he entered an apprenticeship program through Penn State University and worked as a sprinkler fitter in Toledo, Ohio for Grinnell Fire Protection, eventually becoming their Area Superintendent. He was part of Local 669 for over 50 years. During his time with Grinnell, Jake and Diann lived in Tecumseh, MI where they raised their three children.

In 1994, when Jake retired, he and Diann returned to Tawas. Together they built their retirement home on the tree farm that Jake had purchased in 1958.

Jake had several hobbies he enjoyed. One of his many talents was working with wood and building furniture. He took much pride in making specialty items for his family and friends. He and Diann established the “The Little Red Craft Shed” in 1996 to display and sell their many unique crafts. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing, working his land, and hosting family and friends during deer season every year.

Jake was a life-long member of Emanuel Lutheran Church in Tawas where he was baptized, confirmed, and married.

Jake is survived by his wife (Diann) of 58 years, and three children, Cindy (Scott) Hans of Grand Blanc, MI, Gerald “Jerry”(Ruby) Anschuetz II of Draper, Utah, and Vicky (Lee) Prettyman of Onsted, MI. He had eight grandchildren: Aaron (Margaret), Emily (Zac), Asa, Brittany (John), Sara (Nathan), Raymond and Marysa. Also, his two great-grandchildren Evelynn and Ezra. He was extremely proud of all of his children and grandchildren. He is also survived by one brother Larry “Doc” (Dorothy) Anschuetz of Tecumseh, MI, a sister-in-law Susan Anschuetz of Tawas, his aunt Rhea Ulman, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jake was preceded in death by his two brothers, Arthur Jr, and Charles, his sister, Carol, two half-sisters, Eileen Rempert and Ardith Zimmerman, and one grandson Benjamin Gerald Prettyman.

Visitation will be Saturday, November 2, 2019 at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Tawas City, MI from 9:30-11:00 AM. Pastor Mark Lindloff will officiate the funeral service at 11:00 AM with lunch to follow.

Memorial contributions can be made to Emanuel Lutheran Church, 300 North St. Tawas City, Mi 48763


Emanuel Lutheran Church


Jake sounds like a very good man. I never got to meet him but heard many stories from Jerry. We're very sorry for your loss.
— Chris Haroldson
Hearing of Jake's passing has brought sadness to our day and heartfelt disappointments knowing that there is a prominent loss in our friends and family of acquaintances. With joy in Jake's future with the Lord and sadness for those he leaves behind does bring some resolve as we deal with the loss of a friend and loved one. Jake was special to me as I write this note. I easily recall a few years in the past when Jake crafted a wood project that supported my radio amateur activities. This Call sign plaque has been displayed in my radio room for years for family and other to see. It brings a bit of brightness for me to recall our friendship as I grab onto the microphone and share our skills together.
Jake did this just because he wanted too. He knew at that time that I would share with others as I am doing now. That was just the way he was. He wanted to leave something of personal value behind and the value of such has now come true. Jake, a congenial guy with thoughts for others.
As time continues on, this bit of memorabilia will give me pause to reflect back on great times and positive thoughts of each other. These reflections will live forever and certainly give credence to the value of another as we live our lives with continued guidance from above.
Sharon and I share our love and compassion for the family Jake leaves behind .
Tom and Sharon Musolf East Tawas Michigan
— Thomas Musolf
Vicky, may God bless your family and help you all find solace.
— Mickey Avalos
Our friendship spans over 60 years. Our love and prayers will continue for Diann and families. Rest in Peace Jake.
— Johanne and Bob Grabow
Extremely saddened to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you all!
— Dylan Carnes
Very sad to hear of your loss. Jake and Diann took me in their home for 7 months, in 1983 when I was an exchange student. I remember the kindness, humor, love for baseball of Jake and his fondness of spending time in Tawas.
My thoughts are with you and wishing all the best to cope with your loss.
Johannes Brinksma - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
— Johannes Brinksma

Leave Your Condolences (must be approved by staff)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *