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Obituary Detail

Rev. Gene Gebhart - 87
11/16/1925 - 6/28/2013

Walnut - Rev. Gene Gebhart, age 87 of Princeton, Illinois died Friday June 28, 2013 at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Gene was born on November 16, 1925 in Kidder Missouri, the son of Rollo and Nora (Creekmoore) Gebhart. He was united in marriage to Nellie Ranner on October 20, 1949 in Breckenridge, Missouri. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2012. He served in the United States Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut for 13 years and was also interim pastor of several churches in the area and out of state. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and had a Doctorate Degree in Historical Science before entering the seminary. He served churches in Watseka, Illinois, Knoxville, Tennessee, and Walnut, Illinois. He was a member of the Walnut American Legion Post #179, also a member of the Princeton Moose Lodge and active in the community.

He is survived by one son Duane (Tina) Gebhart of Tiskilwa, Illinois; one daughter Sara (Mike) Cantwell of Bradford, Illinois; 12 grandchildren Jayce (Sarah) Miller, Luke (Cheyenne) Miller, Coy Miller, Dylan Miller, Dalton Miller, Carly Miller, Nicholas Gebhart, Garret Gebhart, Heather Gebhart, Hannah Gebhart, Summer Cantwell, Corey Gebhart; 4 great-grandchildren, Dustin, Nicholas, Sabry, Gage; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, one grandson Eric, one brother Joe Walker and one nephew Jerry Walker.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton, Illinois. Funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 a.m. at the Chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park with the Rev. Dwight Bailey officiating. A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church of Princeton. Garland Funeral Home of Walnut is in charge of arrangements. Condolences may be sent to: www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

Wednesday July 3, 2013
9 to 11 a.m.
Chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park

Wednesday July 3, 2013
11 a.m.
Chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park

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Visitor Comments
I just wanted to say that it is a sad day losing Gene. After spending time taking care of both him and his beautiful wife Nellie from time to time ... I have learned many things, enjoyed stories of laughter and tears.. but ill truly miss Genes witty personality. He was many things to many people throughout his years but his work is now done... and now he has been reunited with the love of his life and is dancing with her once again in their new home... I am happy that I got to know such an amazing man. In the words of Miss Nellie... "I lovvvvvvee you" rest peacefully in Gods eternal graces... and fly angels fly
Sarah (black) Cunliffe
6/30/2013 12:53 AM
Duane, Tina, and the rest of the Gebhart family, We are so sorry for your loss. We hope the memories you shared bring you comfort. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Love, Paul and Nicole
Paul and Nicole
7/1/2013 11:39 PM

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