Tricounty News

Alfred Gehrke, 87

Alfred Gehrke of Clearwater died Wednesday, May 11, 2011, at his farm home in Fair Haven Township. He was 87.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Concordia Lutheran Church in Fair Haven with Rev. Timothy Nerud officiating. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Friday at the Dingmann Funeral Care Chapel, Annandale, and one hour prior to services at the church. There will be a prayer service at 7 p.m. Friday. Burial will follow the funeral service at the Fair Haven Cemetery.

Alfred Henry Gehrke was born Sept. 16, 1923, in Fair Haven Township, Stearns County to Henry and Elsa (Schwartz) Gehrke. He married Evelyn M. Lubbers Sept. 30, 1952. He was a member of Concordia Lutheran Church and enjoyed being a farmer. He also enjoyed deer hunting, spear fishing, four-wheeling, and time spent with his family, friends, and grandchildren.

Alfred was preceded in death by his parents; granddaughter Melissa
Gehrke; and brother Vernon.

He is survived by his wife Evelyn of Clearwater; children Earl (and Gwen) of South Haven, Janice (and Jack) Oien of Ketchikan, Alaska, Alfred Jr. (and Robyn) of South Haven, Leon (and Brenda) of Paynesville, and Byron (and Kimberly) of Clearwater; sisters Ella Leanhart of Clearwater, Leona Rose of South Haven, Erma Beck of Clear Lake, and Dorothy (and Walter) Burton of Rice; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

The pallbearers will be Lealund and Aaron Gehrke, Virgil Bragelman, Matt Mathies, Jared Oien, and Doug Kersten. The music for the service will be provided by Laura Thurk. Arrangements were entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care of Annandale.