Gerald “Jerry” Houlehen

Age 60, from Cudahy, WI, died suddenly on Saturday May 7th, 2022.  Jerry was born to Gerald Houlehen and Esther Stanislawski.  Known as Jerry or Buzzy, he’s survived by his son Mackenzie Houlehen and 2 daughters Hayley and Natalie Houlehen whom he was very proud of.  He is also survived by his sister Mary Olson (Bob), former wife Paula Johnson, and extended family and many friends.

Jerry was a resident of East Lansing where he worked in sales.  He loved all things sports (Badgers/Packers), spending time with his family and many friends, and love for his 2 late Labrador dogs Gaby and Riley.

Jerry will be remembered for his sense of humor, socializing with anyone and everyone, and larger than life personality.

We will be celebrating his life Wednesday, May 18th from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at Reno’s East, 1310 Abbot Rd., East Lansing, Michigan.

Arrangements are by the Estes-Leadley Greater Lansing Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Capital Area Humane Society

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Dan Phillips
May 11, 2022 at 2:33 pm

You’ll be missed Jerry. I’ll miss seeing you at the gym and making each other laugh recalling “the old days”.
Rest In Peace my friend.

Frank Russell
May 11, 2022 at 4:19 pm

Your obit describes you well my friend. You will definitely be missed. We had many good times w/ coaching our kids in soccer, attending school functions, watching lacrosse, playing softball for Buddies, seeing our boys survive CMU and just having fun together. I’m so thankful that i just got to talk with you a couple weeks ago to catch up.

Make sure to save a bloody mary with bacon for me in heaven. We’ll toast you down here! RIP Jerry!

Denise Wink Nakajima
May 11, 2022 at 6:50 pm

Hey Buzzy,
You were always full of surprises and this one has left me speechless. I can’t imagine a world without you. Hugs and prayers to your family.

Denise Wink Nakajima

Matt Ripley
May 11, 2022 at 7:18 pm

I’ll never forget the backyard games of 7 on 7 and whiffleball hosted in Jerry’s back yard. Jerry always had a patio crowd and occasionally filled in as the all-time QB.

You are already missed Jerry, RIP.

John H Vanderlinde
May 11, 2022 at 7:19 pm

To my life long friend, whom I have known since grade school. Such fond memories of the all American childhood we grew up with and the fulfilling life we have had as adults. Life can cause people to grow apart and see less of each other, but with life long friends like Buzzy you can pick right back up like you never missed a beat. All the baseball, and basketball we played. All the golf as kids at Warnimont and Grant parks. How your dad would take us to other courses during the summer when he was off. How we saw our first pairs of bare breasts at the wet tee shirt contests we snuck into at the beach bar in the Fountain Blue Hotel in Panama City Beach Fla. I will miss you a piece of me is now gone. I pray your in Heaven and that God comforts your family.

David Martinez
May 11, 2022 at 7:35 pm

I cannot believe your no longer with us. You were always a good friend since jr high playing grade school football. Eating all my pizzas and beer at my house in highschool. All these past adult years smack talking football and Basketball at each other between WI and TX. I Miss you already and now more than ever this football season. This is hitting me very hard Gerald Buzzy Houlehen. RIP my friend.

Dave Daily
May 11, 2022 at 8:34 pm

We were supposed to get together when the pool gets finished. You’re welcome anytime so pop in now and again. Praying for your family – look forward to seeing you down the road.

Chuck Hitt
May 11, 2022 at 8:50 pm

Love ya, pal… Always called me Coach. So sad for the family. Coach Chuck Hitt

Sean William Dombroski
May 11, 2022 at 10:00 pm

To my very good friend, you will be missed. You went to soon.

John Hohenfeldt
May 11, 2022 at 10:27 pm

So sorry to hear this news. Prayers to his children during this time. We knew each other since grade school.

Cindy Burak
May 11, 2022 at 11:23 pm

Condolences from The Burak Family. Rest In Peace Buzzy.

Sandra Scaffidi
May 12, 2022 at 12:57 pm

Sweet Sweet Buzzy – I’ll never forget growing up in Cudahy with you riding your stingray bike with banana seat and playing kick the can in the alley. I am devastated by this news and will miss seeing your posts on fb sharing your beautiful children and all their accomplishments-how you loved them and they love you. I am so sad and will miss you so. RIP “Buzzy”

Tim Jensen
May 12, 2022 at 2:26 pm


My brother, roommate, and friend. I can’t begin to express the loss I felt when I heard this unbelievable news. I am heartbroken for your family and will have them in my prayers. I am so thankful for all the great times we spent together in Suite A, at Summerfest, and the many sporting events we went to. I am going to miss seeing you and Mac at Badger games as well as our game day text sessions. I love you. Peace be with you.

Kelley Stevens
May 12, 2022 at 6:29 pm

So sorry to lose you in body so early, but I know your spirit is strong. Obviously channeled through Jrue Holiday last night! Now you have baseline seats.

Will miss your quick wit and sense of humor. And, of course, the financial advice! Cheers to you brother and we’ll meet again someday. Say hi to my brother John.


Jon Jensen
May 12, 2022 at 10:38 pm

Many of my non adult acting funnest moments were spent with you Buzz Thank You!

JJ Le Doob

Danny OD
May 12, 2022 at 11:00 pm

Loved Jerry from the day I met him, Big personality
Big loss
Big condolences to his family.

Mary Whalen
May 13, 2022 at 2:30 pm

I’ve known Buzzy since we were kids. What a character. We recently reconnected on Facebook such a shock to hear this.So sorry for his family’s loss of such a great guy.

Rodny Brzycki
May 13, 2022 at 6:55 pm

I consider myself lucky to have talked to Jerry on the phone a few months ago after so many years. It is such a terrible loss. Condolences to Family and friends. God Bless You “Buzz”

Debbie Vrooman
May 16, 2022 at 9:21 am

My Condolences to the Burak Family. Rest In Peace my friend…

Ken Will
May 16, 2022 at 9:48 pm

Hey cuz….. I will miss our conversations and your sense of humor. I will always remember seeing you at a young age playing in the sand on.the beach of Lake Michigan. Sorry we didn’t get our chance to fish together in the UP as we talked about. Until we meet again……will miss you.

Doreen M Fischer
May 17, 2022 at 1:03 pm

Buzzy, your love of life inspires me . it was evident by your FB posts that you loved your family especially your three beautiful children . I will miss all the pics of you with your daughter and sons not to mention the incredible food that you grilled. Rest in Peace as Heaven has gained an amazingly fun guy.

Nancy Lappi
May 18, 2022 at 8:14 am

So sad to hear of your passing Buzzy. I always will remember the spunky little boy playing baseball at the family picnics!
You had a great love for family and loved sharing memories of those good old days.
My condolences to your beautiful children.
R.I.P. Cuz

Jeri Soli
May 20, 2022 at 6:13 pm

So sorry to hear this, my condolences and prayers to your family. We grew up together, and have known each other since Grammar School. I will miss your FB posts of all your fabulous cooking and watching your children grow into successful adults. You done good Buzzy, now rest in peace.

Joe Simpson
May 29, 2022 at 3:09 am

I loved Buzzy. One of the first
guys I met there. My condolences to his family and friends.

Diane Zettel Dettlaff
June 12, 2022 at 11:16 am

There are no words. Buzzy this one hit hard. RIP

Tom Beadling
June 15, 2022 at 10:38 pm

Never saw you without a smile on your face. And anytime we talked your kids were always your favorite topic! Was in hospital myself when we lost you. I know you are in a better place. A good man , father, friend and just a great person. God bless


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