Gerald M. Vilda
Gerald M. Vilda
  • April 22, 1962 - April 22, 2017
  • Lincoln, Nebraska

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Gerald (Jerry) Vilda went to the Lord on April 22, 2017 on his 55th birthday. Jerry was born on April 22, 1962 in Lincoln, NE. He graduated from Lincoln High School and worked part time during his high school days. Following graduation, Jerry worked full time at Web Press. He was later employed with Concrete Industries.

On July 11, 1987, while celebrating his sister Paula's birthday at Linoma Beach near Ashland, he broke his neck going down a water slide and became a quadriplegic. First Care Home Services cared for him for many years in his home. Many nurses and aides loved to take care of him, establishing lasting friendships along the way. Jerry had great neighbors who looked after him and he loved talking to all of them.

Jerry had a great attitude as evident by his happy demeanor and constant smile. His love for family and friends had him talking on the phone daily, even with his favorite cinnamon candy in his mouth. One of his favorite past time was TV as he loved The Waltons, HGTV, Flip or Flop and NASCAR races.

Jerry is survived by his mother, Joann; sisters, Jeanette and Paula; nieces Amber Bissell and husband Jason Bissell, and Nicole Brown and boyfriend Dillon Blackburn; great-nieces Ella and Sage, great-nephew Cole and unborn great-nephew Beau; and several aunts and uncles. Preceded in death by his father, Larry, who passed on April 10, 2017.

Burial services on Friday, April 28 at Lincoln Memorial Cemetery at 3 pm. Please enter at Gate 2. Celebration of Life at his home on Saturday, April 29 at 1 pm. May he rest in peace.