City of Oaks Funeral Home & Cremation

Gerald Wichmann

Raleigh, North Carolina

Age 79.
Died 12/07/2023.

Gerald Wichmann
Gerald W. Wichmann, 79, of Raleigh, North Carolina, and formerly of Battle Creek, Michigan, died on Dec 7, 2023, surrounded by his loving family, after a brief battle with lymphoma. Gerry was born to Werner and Alice Wichmann in Chicago, Illinois on September 19, 1944. He was the 2nd of 4 brothers, whom he loved very much.

Gerry studied architecture at Ferris State in Michigan and had a 35-year career in the field. He married and had two children, Stephen and Suzanne. He was later remarried to Barbara, through whom he gained two daughters, Laura and Kay. Together, Gerry and Barbara had their son, Andrew.

Gerry was a faithful Christian and a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod. He was a long-time member of Our Savior Lutheran Church in Raleigh. In 2016, Gerry and Barb fulfilled their dream of building a cabin in the North Carolina mountains and there they joined Mountainside Lutheran Church in Linville. Gerry devotedly served the church in various roles, including greeter, usher, choir singer, member of numerous leadership committees and volunteer efforts, and church elder. Gerry also enjoyed the social life of the church. He was a mainstay of church softball leagues, holiday celebrations, picnics and dinners, and other church fellowship activities.

Gerry could create, build, or fix anything. He designed the last two houses he lived in and spent many Saturdays with his tools building furniture and attending to whatever needed to be maintained. Gerry also loved all things sports, especially the Chicago Bears, Bulls, and White Sox…southside to the end! He played Euchre, kickball, driveway basketball, tennis, the Hulk, and steamroller with his kids and grandkids, and coached their teams. He taught his children the love of Jesus, to do the best they could with what they had, and if you were going to do something, do it right and do it well. Gerry left this earth way too early and will be dearly missed every day.

Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, Werner and Alice. He is survived by his wife of nearly 48 years, Barbara Wichmann, their dog Maggie, and his five children, Stephen (Kristi) Wichmann, Laura (Jeff) Burton, Suzanne (Rick) Wilson, Kay (Levi) Hazen, and Andrew (Cecilia) Wichmann, and grandchildren Trent Burton, Claire Bryant, Emery Burton, Maya Wilson, Eliana Wilson, Rebecca Edwards, Levi Hazen Jr, and Kayle Hazen. He is also survived by his brothers Al (Jennifer) Wichmann, Jim (Doris) Wichmann, and John (Diane) Wichmann and their families. In addition, he is survived by many cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends.

Gerry’s family will hold a memorial service on Saturday, December 30, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at Hope Lutheran Church, 3525 Rogers Road, Wake Forest, North Carolina. An additional memorial service with interment will be held at Mountainside Lutheran Church in Linville, North Carolina, at a later date.

For additional information or for service details, please reach out to the family directly.

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City of Oaks Cremation and Funeral Home is a full-service funeral home in Raleigh, serving all of North Carolina and beyond. We provide an alternative to costly funeral homes and every day we help families in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and all over North Carolina make simple, affordable funeral arrangements.

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Apples to Apples

Just like all other licensed funeral homes in North Carolina, City of Oaks Cremation, LLC is regulated by the NC Board of Funeral Service.

The same laws that apply to the big corporate funeral homes also apply to the modest independently owned firms like ours. All crematories in North Carolina, regardless of who owns them, are inspected annually by the state and must adhere to the same rules and laws.

Genuine Care

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Our staff will provide clear communication to your family through each step as we move forward from the original phone call notifying us of a death to the time we deliver the urn back to your family. We will treat your family with the utmost respect, as we honor the wishes of your loved one.

We promise to make this process affordable and as endurable as possible.

State Wide

Our Funeral Home is located in Wake County NC; however, we provide our services to families throughout the entire State.

Unlike other funeral homes, we don't charge an additional mileage fee. Regardless of what county you live in, we can help your family with making simple, affordable funeral arrangements. From Asheville to Wilmington, we're proud to help families statewide.

Our Services

Direct Cremation


Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. We include everything you need for a simple or direct cremation. Simple, affordable and reliable. We have not changed the cost of our direct cremation service since we opened City of Oaks in 2012.

Cremation with Solidified Remains


We offer the option of choosing how you receive your loved ones remains. Selecting our Direct Cremation with Solidified Remains option is a beautiful way to transform cremated remains into 40-60 “stones” that you can hold.

Cremation with Visitation


City of Oaks Funeral Home and Cremation provides an affordable cremation option with onsite visitation. Nobody likes surprise costs added in at the last minute. We guarantee you will not find any hidden charges here. Simple, affordable and reliable.

Immediate Burial


An immediate burial has the same end result as a traditional burial; however, we have eliminated the extra (sometimes unnecessary) services prior to getting to the cemetery. Not everyone wants an open casket for viewing or a limousine for the family. Despite the term immediate, we can move as fast as you need or as slow as you like. This option simply allows you to save money by eliminating some of the fancy extras at the funeral home.

Traditional Funeral


We offer the same traditional funeral services as the big corporately owned funeral homes in the area; however, we cost about half the amount. You might consider a traditional funeral service if your family is looking for an open casket visitation, a traditional church service or a funeral service in the funeral home's chapel. A traditional funeral service can be altered to fit the needs of your family.

Green Burial


This establishment is one of a select number of funeral homes who meet the criteria for providing green funeral service by the Green Burial Council; a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization working to encourage environmentally sustainability in the field of funeral service. Our Green options allow for a funeral to take place without the use of toxic and non-biodegradable materials/chemicals.



As an alternative to traditional cremation, City of Oaks Funeral Home also offers Aquamation. The Aquamation process, often referred to as alkaline hydrolysis, uses a solution of water and potassium hydroxide to facilitate natural decomposition.

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