Gerald “Jerry” Michael Zedde

July 30, 1962 - January 6, 2020

Gerald “Jerry” Michael Zedde, 57, a resident of Cape Coral, FL since 2016, formerly of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020, in Cape Coral, FL. He was born in Detroit, MI.

Jerry was a member of Crosspoint Christian Church in Cape Coral.  He retired after 24 years of dedicated service to the U.S. government.  He enjoyed fishing, golfing, his classic car, traveling, and spending precious time with his family and friends.  

He is survived by his beloved wife of 21 years, Diane, and their two loving children, Dominic and Matthew, of Cape Coral; dear parents, Elio and Sandra Zedde of St. Clair Shores, MI; three siblings, Cheryl (Robert) Brown of Sterling Heights, MI, John (Janice) Zedde of Harrison Township, MI, and Sharon Zedde of Harrison Township, MI; several nieces and nephews, including: Justin, Lauren, Danny, Brittany, Mandy, Devyn, Layne, and GiGi; mother-in-law, Betty Dobberfuhl; brother-in-law, Larry (Kimberly) Dobberfuhl; niece and nephews including Jonathan, Rebecca, and Benjamin. Of special mention is his dog and faithful companion, Bain. 

Jerry was preceded in death by his father-in-law, Gordon Dobberfuhl in 2017.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 6:00 PM Saturday, January 11, 2020, at Crosspoint Christian Church, 204 SW 11th Place, Cape Coral, FL 33991 with Pastor Jeff Swearingen officiating. All are welcome to attend the reception, immediately following.

Memorial Contributions in memory of Gerald Michael Zedde are suggested to Tim Tebow’s Night To Shine:

Mullins Memorial Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cape Coral, is entrusted with final care.


  1. Tom & Jian Jan 8, 2020 at 1:15 pm

    Gerry was a warm and generous spirit. He treated all with respect and dignity. Unfortunately my family and I had not seen Gerry since a visit to Saipan, but we will hold the good times Gerry gave so warmly forever. Gerry you made the world a better place and you will truly be missed.

  2. Aunt Peggy Jan 8, 2020 at 1:20 pm

    Gone too soon. In my heart forever.

  3. Michael Nardella Jan 8, 2020 at 1:30 pm

    Diane,. I am so sorry 💔 please accept deepest and sincere apologies 🙏

  4. Terry Bretz Jan 8, 2020 at 1:56 pm

    My heart goes out to you Diane and your sons, as well as your entire Family. My deepest sympathy during your time of sorrow . Jerry was a good man and an honor to have worked with him. God Bless.

  5. Melissa A Lucio Jan 8, 2020 at 2:12 pm

    Jerry was my Border Patrol Classmate. From the Lucio Family, our condolences and continued prayers for your loss. He was a nice and funny man. I am sure he will be missed.

  6. Scott Douglas Jan 8, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    It’s been about 22 years since I last worked with Jerry and saw him. I remember him always being a happy guy with a big smile, which would lend to a great conversation. He was always willing to help and he took great pride in the work he did. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, Diane.

  7. Matt, Jen, DJ, Yssa and Gabby Burns Jan 8, 2020 at 2:50 pm

    Jerry was a great boss and mentor for the entire Saipan ERO family and an even better friend personally. We had some great times on the island. Our deepest condolences Diane, Dominic, and Matthew.

  8. Lydia Tan Jan 8, 2020 at 2:54 pm

    Shock to hear this heart breaking news. Our (neighbor from Saipan) sending deepest condolences and prayers to you and family. Gerry was a kind, hilarious, helpful, friendly and good man. May his soul RIP. Big hugs !!!

  9. Deanna McCarthy Jan 8, 2020 at 3:13 pm

    Diane, I am so sorry for you and your family’s loss. Jerry was a such a great guy. I will cherish all the happy memories I have of him.

  10. Sherry Haase Jan 8, 2020 at 3:15 pm

    My heart goes out to one of the most wonderful Friends any body could ever ask for Diane and Jerry and her two sons We are so sorry for your loss and the whole Entire family My deepest sympathy to you all Jerry was a very kind and hard-working man he loved his children and his beautiful wife he had a smile that would light up the room He was always cracking a joke it was such a A pleasure knowing you Jerry and you will always be in our hearts We will never forget you see you again love one day love sherry Scott Terry Victoria ❤️

  11. Mili Saiki Jan 8, 2020 at 3:21 pm

    Our condolences and your family. We will always remember his big smile.

  12. Darlene Vanamburgh Jan 8, 2020 at 4:20 pm

    Diane, I am so very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

  13. Rodney Hart Jan 8, 2020 at 4:32 pm

    Diane, my condolences to you and your family. I am proud to have had the privilege to work with Jerry in Chicago. Your family is in my prayers.

  14. Deborah Walton Jan 8, 2020 at 4:34 pm

    Diane, I am shock of the passing of Gerald. My deepest sympathies goes out to you and your families. I will remember the good time we had in Chicago and compassion for the work and people. Rest now Gerald you have completed your dash
    Debbie Walton

  15. Joyce Thomas Jan 8, 2020 at 5:07 pm

    My condolences to his entire family, Gerald was such a pleasant person.

  16. Joyce Thomas Jan 8, 2020 at 5:26 pm

    My condolences to his entire family, Gerald was very pleasant to all of the ERA’S in the Chicago Office

  17. Brad Lister Jan 8, 2020 at 5:50 pm

    Diane and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Jerry. I worked with Jerry in Chicago. He was a great officer and coworker and always had a smile and kind words to share.
    You all are in my prayers

  18. Mary (Costello) Armijo Jan 8, 2020 at 6:25 pm

    Dear Zedde Family,
    Hearing of Jerry’s passing has lead to a surge of cherished childhood memories. Growing up together in that very special neighborhood, on that very special block in Detroit. Thank you, Jerry, for being part of those fantastic times. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Zedde for raising such nice and kind people. Cheryl, John, and Sharon may your memories ease the pain in your hearts and thank you for your friendship.

  19. Bonnie Jan 8, 2020 at 6:32 pm

    Oh Diane! My heart breaks hearing this. I’m stunned & so very sorry! Big hugs to you & the boys. Please send me your address or cell number so we can keep in touch. I will always remember how funny Gerry was & the stories you’d share while we were at FLETC. My cell # is 224-392-4269. Reach out any time.

  20. Kathy Stinson Jan 8, 2020 at 6:39 pm

    I am so incredibly sorry to hear this news. I’ll always remember Jerry’s big smile and all the sweet fellowship we had in home group. My prayers are with all who loved and will miss this sweet man.

  21. Milly Lugo Jan 8, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    Diane, I never knew Gerry, but through your happiness, wisdom and known commitment to your family I can only imagine he was a great husband and father. I’m so sorry for your loss. A big hug for you and the family.

  22. Pola Castro Jan 8, 2020 at 7:18 pm

    Gerry Rest In Peace , Diane our deepest sympathy .

  23. Bill Boyd Jan 8, 2020 at 7:39 pm

    May the care and love of those around you, and the good memories of Jerry, give you comfort and peace in the days ahead. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Diane, Dominic and Matthew.

  24. Cris Aguinaldo Jan 8, 2020 at 7:47 pm

    I could never thank him enough for the support he gave me and my wife before she lost her battle with cancer.
    He was a great boss and an even better person. Rest well my friend, the lessons in humanity you taught me, as well as your legacy will live on.

  25. William Hitchcock Jan 8, 2020 at 7:50 pm

    Worked with Jerry many years ago in the Border Patrol, what a nice guy always upbeat and positive. RIP brother!

  26. Charlie Romo and Family Jan 8, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Mr. Zedde was an awesome gentleman, friend and co-worker. We had many a good memories, May He Rest In Peace and his family will be in our prayers. Gerald you will be dearly missed.

  27. Lauren Beattie Jan 8, 2020 at 8:20 pm

    Uncle Jerry was a blessing. He was loving, generous and so much fun. He was a hero who made my childhood special. I will love and miss him always. Aunt Diane, Dominic, and Matthew, I can’t imagine how difficult this has been. You are in my thoughts, and I pray that God comforts you.

  28. Jaime J. Martinez Jan 8, 2020 at 8:29 pm

    Jerry was a great boss, friend and mentor to his ERO Family and we were fortunate to have him attend all our weddings! I will always remember the great times we had fishing and joking around. Our deepest condolences to Diane, Matthew and Dominic.

  29. Joe and Carol Auther Jan 8, 2020 at 8:42 pm

    Diane, I am so sorry to hear the news of Jerry’s passing. He was a great guy and I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him during our time working for the “Feds” on Saipan. He was a true professional and was always there to provide those of us in other Federal agencies with support when we needed it. Beyond that, I could tell he was a great father to Dominic and Matthew and a loving husband. Carol and I will keep your family in our prayers at this difficult time.

  30. Carol Plumer Jan 8, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    Dear Diane,

    Please accept my most sincere condolences. May Jerry RIP.
    God Bless you, your sons and family.

    Carol Plumer
    Saint Mary’s, GA

  31. Ruben J. Leyva Jr. Jan 8, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Gerald, was just thinking about you the other day. So sad to hear this. Gerald was a good friend so many years back in our El Cajon days. Always brightened everyone’s day with a smile and his positive attitude. I always share the story of how he was a DJ and could name any song within seconds. Gerald, thank you for the great memories and your true friendship. God bless my friend

  32. Brenda Myers Jan 8, 2020 at 10:08 pm

    Soo sad to hear this Dianne.
    Prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.

  33. Dean Kuckkahn Jan 8, 2020 at 10:25 pm

    As you walk with Jeshua in His perfect Peace we pray that He covers all of your family and friends with His Peace and strength. Our class, 262, will miss you dearly. Rest in Peace Brother as our love for you continues to shine as we finish our walk here.

  34. Felicia Forletta Jan 8, 2020 at 11:17 pm

    My heart goes out to my aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jerry will truly be missed. I love you.

  35. Cathy Dobberfuhl Jan 8, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    So sorry as My prayer for you and the boys are with you!! Love always Cathy and the boys

  36. Sergio & Elsa Guzman Jan 8, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Diane, our prayers are with you during this very sad time. We were so sad to hear about Jerry. We have such wonderful memories of spending time with you and Jerry. Sending you a huge hug.

  37. Rusty , Mikki and the boys Jan 8, 2020 at 11:20 pm

    Diane, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Jerry was such a great person, He always made you laugh and tried to help you through anything he could. great to talk to and humble. Why is it always the good people who have a short time in this planet. he will be missed by all. our prayers are with you and the boys.

  38. Belinda Lovett-Glenn Jan 9, 2020 at 12:05 am

    Diane, I am sorry to hear this, and I am totally shock. I just can’t believe that Gerald pass. My sympathy and prayer to you and your entire family.
    Belinda Lovett=Glenn

  39. Margarita Wonenberg Jan 9, 2020 at 3:24 am

    I’m so sorry for you and your families. The terrible pain of losing a love one. canBe unbearable. My heart goes out to you, Diane, Jerry will be remembered by many in the CNMI.

  40. Milagros Morales Jan 9, 2020 at 6:20 am

    Dear Diane,It is terrible to hear about your loss. I express my sincere sympathy to you and your family. Know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I offer you my well wishes during this dark time in your life. May the soul of your dear husband rest in peace.

  41. Roy Davis Jan 9, 2020 at 6:59 am

    It is a glorious testament to one’s life on this planet when remembered “only” for generosity and kindness. This is all I know of Jerry and Diane in my time spent with them in Saipan. Diane and children, I sympathize with your husband’s and father’s passing, but what a great gift you were given to be the best part of him – a gift no one can ever take from you and a wonderful memory I take with me.

  42. Bill Orr Jan 9, 2020 at 9:15 am

    Diane, I am proud to say I knew Jerry. He was always fun to be around and was such a positive individual. May you find peace and comfort through Christ.

  43. Kerry and Lisa Kauffman Jan 9, 2020 at 11:44 am

    Lisa and I were stunned to hear of Jerry’s passing. We miss our time together from the Chicago days. Jerry was always entertaining and I miss his Border Patrol stories!

  44. Gregory Forletta Jan 9, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    Jerry,You will be missed, no more suffering. May your spirit be enlightening to all.

  45. Patricia Mader Jan 9, 2020 at 4:23 pm

    My deepest sympathy. My you and the boys find comfort in your memories. Whatever you need in the upcoming months, please don’t hesitate to call me. I hope he meets John in heaven, they will tell stories about golfing and fishing!

  46. Rene A. Masculino Jan 9, 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Diane, you know I consider you and Jerry as my brother and sister in Saipan. I will never forget Jerry’s laughs and smiles. I know he is with God in heaven. Tough to accept but that’s life here on earth. God Bless your family.

  47. Angela Alonzo Jan 9, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Diane, my condolences to you and your family. I was blessed to have worked with Jerry in Chicago and will always remember his dedication, work ethic and kindness. He was such a nice person. You are in our prayers.

  48. Larry and Karen Wall Jan 9, 2020 at 7:25 pm

    Karen and I were very sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. We have good memories of the times we spent with both you and Jerry and your boys.. I enjoyed working with Jerry when he was in Chicago and at FLETC. We will always have pleasant thoughts of playing golf with both of you. You all are in our thoughts and prayers. Keep the faith.

  49. Efrain and Martha Camacho Jan 9, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    Dear Diane, Dominic and Matthew,
    We are sad for your loss. Jerry will always be remembered as a kind and loving person who always had a smile to share! Our hearts go out to you in this difficult time. Sending you our love and prayers.

  50. JLynn Jan 9, 2020 at 11:26 pm

    Sorry for your loss. I remember Jerry from the Chicago office and when he worked at the outdoor range. He was always very helpful. A class act. May God bless.

  51. Anthony Catrucco Sr. Jan 10, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    May God take him into the bounty of Heaven. Rejoice in the knowledge that he is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Those that he has left behind will hold the great memories of his love and friendship for his family and friends. I never met Gerald, however I know his wife and could see how much she truly cared and loved her husband and friend. God Bless the Zedde family.

  52. Patty Coleman, SAIPAN Jan 10, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    Condolences, love, and prayers to you and yours.

  53. Craig’s Jan 10, 2020 at 6:16 pm

    So sad to hear. I worked with Gerald for many years in Chicago. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  54. Craig Jan 10, 2020 at 6:17 pm

    So sad to hear. I worked with Gerald for many years in Chicago. He was a great guy and will be missed.

  55. Iffat Gul Jan 10, 2020 at 6:18 pm

    My dearest Diane, Dominic and Matthew- I am so sorry for your loss. Jerry was one of the greatest and kind hearted person. We are all going to miss him. May God bless his soul. Love and prayers.

  56. Gwen Mowrey Jan 11, 2020 at 9:17 am

    Jerry was a bright and very kind soul. All of us at Bo Nose Rescue send our deepest condolences to the family.
    His love for Bain was one for the books. We hope you are free of pain and watching over all the pups!
    Gwen Mowrey

  57. John Sullivan Jan 11, 2020 at 11:47 am

    Sincerest condolences from the Sullivan Family. We were fortunate to meet Jerry, Diane, Dominic & Matthew in Saipan. Working and playing with them really made the time there special. I remember Jerry most for his calming nature, his humor & his love for his family. Surely there are Cudas in heaven. Rest in Peace.

  58. Joelin Pahlke Jan 11, 2020 at 1:29 pm

    Zedde Family,

    I was sad when I heard the news about what happened to Jerry. So unbelievable that his life/mission on earth ended. He was one of the nicest guy I’ve met in Saipan. The Zedde family is so close to my heart that Jerry was one of the godfathers in my wedding back in 2013. He may be in Heaven now, but he will never be forgotten. Big hugs to you Diane and the boys.

  59. Eden Guillo Ordas Jan 11, 2020 at 3:41 pm

    I wont forget Jerry as he is the man that I always look up to bcoz of his goodness. Thank u for giving KC to us. KC is not only guarding us but also a remembrance of the ZEDDE family whose been sweet kind and loving friend. to me and my family. God bless and may he rest in peace. Lovingly yours, Eden Patricia and Noel

  60. Rex Rowland Jan 11, 2020 at 4:25 pm


    I never met your husband but reading through these comments it’s obvious he was well liked. Sounds like he was a great guy. I’m so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in my prayers.

  61. George Krug Jan 11, 2020 at 11:48 pm

    The pain is over, Jerry is at peace, but you and the boys will go on. I wish you the best in this difficult time.

  62. Ron Orzel Jan 13, 2020 at 9:45 am

    Diane, I’m so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great guy. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help you. Just know that you have many friends that care about you.

  63. ROBERT MEYER Jan 14, 2020 at 7:45 pm

    I am so sorry to hear that Jerry passed away. I will say a prayer for you and the kids, Susie always loved you guys
    Bob Meyer

  64. Chuck Winner Feb 6, 2020 at 10:55 pm

    I had the great pleasure of working with Jerry at the Academy. He had a real passion for the agency and his students. My heart is broken that he is no longer here to tell us one of his stories. May God bless you Diane, and the kids. He loved you all tremendously.

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