Wilhelm Otto Georg Gerken
Wilhelm Otto Georg Gerken
  • September 18, 1924 - April 4, 2017
  • Keller, Texas

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Wilhelm Otto Georg Gerken (Willie to his friends) peacefully passed away surrounded by his family at the age of 92 on April 4, 2017.

The youngest of two sons, Willie was born in Germany on September 18, 1924 to Martin and Elizabeth Gerken.

Prior to joining the army in 1941, Willie trained as a butcher, a vocation he followed his entire working life. After the war, Willie met and married Martha Ueberschaer in 1948. Willie and Martha emigrated to the United States in 1952. They settled in New York City where he continued working in the food industry until he retired to Midland, Texas in 1989 to be closer to his children and grandchildren.

As an active member of the Masons, Willie served as Master of his lodge. Additionally, he was a thirty-second degree Mason.

Willie was preceded in death by his loving wife Martha. He is survived by his daughters Ute Gibson (Wayne) and Elga Garvey (Charles); his older brother Werner Gerken; his grandchildren Lance Gibson (Leah), Brian Gibson (Emily), Scott Gibson (Ladda), Eric Gibson (Cindy), Kristin Garvey Kent (Richard), and Ashley Garvey; and his eight great grandchildren.

A gravesite service is planned for Saturday April 8, 2017 at noon at the Bluebonnet Cemetery in Colleyville, Texas.

If you would like to send a memorial, please send it the Shriners Hospital for Children.