The Life of Herbert C. Gehringer Jr.
Herbert C. Gehringer, Jr., 90, of Fleetwood, passed away on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 in Kutztown Manor, Inc. He was the widower of Eleanor M. (Wentzel) Gehringer, who died on November 6, 2018. Born in Ruscombmanor Township, Herbert was a son of the late Herbert C.F. Gehringer, Sr., and Florence B. (Strause) Gehringer. He was a member of Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, Fleetwood (Dryville), where he sang on the choir for many years. Mr. Gehringer honorably and faithfully served his country in the United States Army's 317th Field Artillery, during the Korean War, and was stationed in Louisiana and Germany.
He was employed as a Truck Driver by Chemical Tank Lines, Evansville, retiring in 1990. He previously worked at Liberkneckt, Laureldale. Herbert was also the caretaker at St. Paul's Union Cemetery, Fleetwood, for many years. He was an avid woodworker, making his famous plaques and Christmas ornaments using his scroll saw, for his church, family and friends. Herbert was also noted for his homemade wine. He was also a 50 year member of AAA, and a member of Kutztown and Lyons Fire Companies. A special "Thank You" to Howie and Ceil, the best neighbors; and to the staff of Berks VNA Hospice and Kutztown Manor, for the care shown to Herbert.
Herbert is survived by his daughter, Kim D. (Gehringer), wife of Jeffrey C. Hollenbach, Kutztown; two grandchildren, Cathy Hollenbach and Kelsey (Hollenbach), wife of Michael Ulrich; and four great-grandchildren, Briarlynn, Sierra Mae, Bella Rae, and Charlotte LeAnn. In addition to his parents, Herbert was predeceased by his sisters, Katherine (Gehringer) Becker, Mildred (Gehringer) Frederick and Elizabeth "Betty" (Gehringer) Seidel; and brothers, Ernest, William and Leonard Gehringer.
A funeral service to celebrate Herbert's life will be held on Monday, February 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. in Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, 16 Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood (Dryville), with his Pastor, Reverend Cheryl F. Meinschein officiating. Burial with military honors provided by Ray A. Master, Post 217, American Legion Honor Guard, Topton, and the Pennsylvania Military Honors, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Annville, PA, will follow in Hope Cemetery, Dryville. Relatives and friends are invited to a viewing on Monday morning from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. in the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Herbert's memory to Christ (Mertz) Lutheran Church, 16 Fleetwood Road, Fleetwood, PA 19522. Ludwick Funeral Homes, Inc., Kutztown is in charge of arrangements. Memories and condolences may be shared at www.Ludwickfh.com.
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My uncle Herby was a kind and gentle man. He always had something to chat about. Even after I returned from ten years in Texas, when I saw him he had much to talk about. I remember his wine making that brought him much joy. Many Christmas Days had been spent at his home with our families. Most of all the pride in his daughter, Kim, granddaughters & great grandchildren was most obvious.
Rest In Peace Uncle H,