Donald Frederick Gersch Jr.

April 22, 1944January 17, 2014
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Donald F. Gersch, Jr. April 22, 1944 - January 17, 2014

Donald F. Gersch, Jr., 69, of Apex, died Friday, January 17, 2014. He was born to the late Donald F. Gersch, Sr. and Anna Frances Gersch. He was born in Philadelphia and raised in Red Hook, NY. Don moved to Raleigh, NC in 1965 after serving in the Army. He began his career as a Raleigh Police Officer in 1967 where he met the love of his life, "Mary Evelyn Everette" known to all as "Evelyn" when she was an assistant clerk of Superior Court in Wake Co. The two married October 1969 and shared 45 years together. Don changed his career and worked for IBM in RTP where he held different management positions throughout his 32 years there.

Don has two daughters: Denice Gersch of Apex and Dr. Karen Gersch and husband, Jack Clark of Cincinnati, OH. He has 4 beautiful grandchildren. His grandson Logan Gersch of Apex and three granddaughters: Zoe and twins, Avery and Kelson Clark of Cincinnati, OH. He is also survived by two sisters: Diann Gersch of Hickory, NC, and Delores Graf of Warrenton, NC. He is preceded in death by his sister, Donna.

Don had many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.

He was a true, devoted friend to those he knew and trusted as they were loved as an extension of his family.

He fought a strong brave battle with cancer until his final hours. Our family would like to thank all family, friends, and everyone with Hospice of Wake County who provided such great loving care.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3:00 pm Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams St., Apex. A celebration of Don's Life will begin at 3:00 pm in the Chapel of Apex Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to Hospice of Wake County, 250 Hospice Circle, Raleigh, NC 27607. (

Online condolences may be made to www.apexfuneral .com.


  • Visitation Tuesday, January 21, 2014
  • Celebration of Don's Life Tuesday, January 21, 2014

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Doug Harmon

February 4, 2014

I was very sorry to learn of Don's passing. I worked with him at IBM in Security'

Doug Harmon

Jim Meldrom

January 29, 2014

I was sad to learn of Don's passing. We were classmates (class of '63) at Red Hook Central and I have many fond memories of our time there. Don was such a fun loving guy. All of the pictures were wonderful and much appreciated. My sincerest sympathy.

January 27, 2014

Karen and Jack,
So sorry to hear about your Dad. Thinking of you and your family at this time of loss.
Joe and Mary Horning

wendy dunn

January 26, 2014

Evelyn and Karen and Denise. So sorry about the loss of Don. You are in my prayers Evelyn. Much love to the family..

Dawn Alexander Ross

January 22, 2014

Fondly remembering Don from our days at red hook central school

Dennis Melton

January 22, 2014

Ginger Harlow Melton's "Uncle Don" has always been a favorite part of the family for our children and I. He was a genuinely good man, funny and giving; he would help anyone out in any way possible. He was generous with his time and his resources, and valued people above things. We'll miss him but he leaves a great example for his grandchildren. I hope that Evelyn, Denise and Karen will remember and pass on the many good and funny stories about this great guy, and so be comforted in their loss. May God rest his soul.

Marilyn Root Walker

January 22, 2014

May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. And may your memories of Don bring you comfort in the years to come. Condolences from a former classmate of Don's at RHCS, class of 1963.

Perry Odak

January 22, 2014

I have great memories of playing basketball with Don at Red Hook. Never a dull moment. My condolences
Perry Odak class of 63

January 22, 2014

I was so sorry to hear of Don's passing. Don and I were good friends in Red Hook during High School. I will keep you all in my prayers. God Bless you all
Rick Conn

Greg Hunt

January 22, 2014

Karen, Denise, and Ms. Gersch, I am sorry for your loss. Don was a great man. He helped me in my early career at IBM and I will always be grateful.