Arnold H. Gehrke, 81, of Maple Park, passed away peacefully into the arms of his Savior, surrounded by the love and prayers of his family after a 30-year battle with Parkinsons Disease, in the early morning hours on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2011.
He is survived by his loving wife of 55 years, Marie; two sons, Robert (Beth) Gehrke and their children, Wayne and Carolyn of Elgin, and Gordon (Sherry) Gehrke of Maple Park; three nieces, Karen (Phil) Stojan of Maple Park, Donna (John) Happersberger of Indianapolis, Ind., and Joyce (Henry) Schwebel of Jacksonville, Fla.; and one sister-in-law, Mildred Winkelmann of Elburn.
He is preceded in death by his parents; his step-mother, Margaret Gehrke; his brother-in-law, Emil Winkelmann; and one nephew, Glen Winkelmann.
Visitation was from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 27, at St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, east of Route 47 on Plank Road, Hampshire, Ill.
A funeral to celebrate his life began at 11 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, also at the church. The Rev. Gerhard Mau, pastor of the church, officiated, and interment followed at Lily Lake Cemetery, Lily Lake.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in his name to benefit St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato. Checks may be made to the church and mailed in care of St. Peters Lutheran Church North Plato, 43W301 Plank Road, Hampshire, IL. Tributes may also be forwarded to P.O. Box 66 or online at www.conleycare.com.