Robert “Bob” L. Gehrt, age 94 of Embarrass WI, passed away on October 3, 2021, at The Summit in Mesa, AZ.
Bob was born on June 1, 1927 in Embarrass, to the late Walter and Leonora (Kowalkowski) Gehrt. Bob was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Embarrass. He graduated from Clintonville High School. He served in the Army in WWII in the European Theatre. On July 12, 1947, Bob was united in marriage to his sweetheart, Lois Schmidt, at Zion Lutheran Church in Embarrass. Their first son Gene was born in 1948. Their second son Brad was born in 1958. During their long and happy marriage, Bob (and Lois) moved over 30 times, including living in California, Illinois, Arizona, and Wisconsin. Early in his career, he worked at the Four Wheel Drive in Clintonville and Valley Iron Works in Appleton. Some of the manufacturing plants Bob managed were Western Gear in Belmont CA, International Gear in Chicago IL, Mattison Machine Works in Rockford IL, Hayssen Manufacturing in Sheboygan Falls WI, Bemis Corporation in Ashwaubenon WI and Modern Plastics in Green Bay WI. For the last 32 years Bob (and Lois) enjoyed being snowbirds in Arizona. They were active members of Mountain View Lutheran Church in Apache Junction AZ as well as Zion Lutheran Church in Embarrass WI. Some of Bob's interests included conversation, helping people and church activities. During his life, he was always heavily involved in his local Lutheran congregation and the Synod. He also served for many years on the Board of Regents of Concordia University in Mequon WI.
Left to cherish his memory are his sons, Gene (Jane) Gehrt of Gold Canyon AZ and Brad (Diane Grede) Gehrt of Ripon; 3 grandchildren, Kristy (Phil) Pryor and Jenny (David) Payne of Chattanooga TN and Cory (Morgan) Gehrt of Appleton; 6 great-grandchildren, Allie and Kelsey Payne, Zoe and Ava Pryor, and Carter Woody and Lilly Gehrt. Bob is also survived by his brother, Richard Gehrt of Wausau and numerous friends and relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Walter and Leonora (Kowalkowski) Gehrt, his loving wife, Lois (Schmidt) Gehrt, and his brother Jim Gehrt.
Special thanks to the caretakers and management of The Summit in Mesa Arizona who provided loving and compassionate care to Bob.
Visitation will be on Saturday October 30 at 10am followed by his funeral at 11am both at the Eberhardt Funeral Home & Crematory in Clintonville. Burial will follow at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Embarrass with full military honors provided by members of the Clintonville American Legion Post #63, VFW Post #664, American Legion Auxiliary Unit #63, and DAV Chapter 53. Meal to follow burial. The family respectfully requests that those attending wear a mask.
A memorial service is also being planned in January 2022 at Mountain View Lutheran Church in Apache Junction AZ.
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