Gordon Gerling of Akron passed away unexpectedly Saturday, April 27, 2013, at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City.
Funeral services will be 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 30 at New Horizons United Church of Christ in Akron. Pastor Steve Jewett will officiate. Graveside services will be 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 30 in Resthaven Memory Gardens in Le Mars with military rites conducted by the Hoschler American Legion Post 186. Visitation with the family present will be from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, April 29 at the Carlsen Funeral Home – Schroeder Chapel in Akron. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Gordon Wesley Gerling was born April 19, 1922, in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Aaron John and Ellen Mary (Langendorfer) Gerling. He attended Clark Elementary School at later high school at Le Mars Central. While in the 9th grade, his father passed away unexpectedly. Gordon stayed home to take care of the farm.
Gordon was drafted into the United States Army. He served in the Occupation Forces while stationed in Japan during WWII. He was honorably discharged.
He was united in marriage to Shirley Herzig on August 31, 1947, at First Baptist Church in Le Mars. Shirley’s wedding gown was made from a white silk parachute that Gordon brought back from Japan. Something that Gordon was most proud of. Early on, Gordon and Shirley farmed near Miller, South Dakota and later near Rutland, South Dakota. Later, they moved to Covina, California. Gordon worked as the head custodian for the Los Angeles Public School District. After retiring, Gordon and Shirley moved to Akron to enjoy retirement.
Gordon was a charter member of New Horizons United Church of Christ in Akron. He enjoyed playing with the Akron Care Center Bell Choir and attending men’s coffee group at the care center. He was a member of the Hoschler American Legion Post 186 in Akron. Through the years, Gordon and Shirley enjoyed camping and traveling. Together, they visited 46 of the states in America. One of Gordon’s favorite pastimes was woodworking. He enjoyed making cardinals for family and friends. He also enjoyed collecting John Deere memorabilia. He will be greatly missed.
Survivors include his wife of over 65 years, Shirley of Akron; two special nieces: Suzi (Bill) Raybell of Woodland, WA and Cindy (Gary) Feauto of Akron; a brother in law: Clifford (Beret) Herzig of Satsuma, FL; a sister in law: Bonnie Herzig of Sioux Falls, SD; and several other nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother in infancy; and three sisters: Nelda Hansen, Marjorie Kober, and Myla Marshall.