OBITUARY

Gerald M. "Grandpa" Gerlich

October 13, 1931January 12, 2018
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Gerald M. "Grandpa" Gerlich, 86, of College Station passed away on Friday January 12, 2018. A visitation will be held Friday, January 19, 2018 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM at Memorial Funeral Chapel in College Station. A celebration of Grandpa's life will be 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 20, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 Rio Grande Blvd, College Station, Texas 77845. Interment will follow College Station Cemetery, with military honors.

Gerald was born October 13, 1931 in New Braunfels, Texas, the son of George and Lillie (Elbel) Gerlich. Gerald joined the Air Force and was honorably discharged after four years of service. After leaving the Air Force, he continued to serve as a civilian employee at Randolph AFB, San Antonio, Texas until he retired as a Supervisor of Military Personnel Technician.

After his retirement from the Civil Service, he and his wife Helen moved to College Station to be near his daughter and grandchildren. Not being one to remain retired, Grandpa went to work with his son-in-law John in his automotive shop. They became members of Peace Lutheran Church and were both avid bowlers. After Helen's death, he remained active in his Thursday evening bowling league.

Gerald was preceded in death by his wife Helen in 1997 and a brother, Lionel Gerlich.

Survivors include his daughter Karen Gerlich Bigley and her husband John; grandson Russell Bigley and his wife Jamie, granddaughter Crystal Bigley, two great granddaughters Amelia Rose Bigley and Evelyn Marie Bigley. Mr. Gerlich also leaves behind two nieces, two nephews and numerous friends to cherish their memories of him.

Contributions in Gerald's memory may be made to American Heart Association, PO Box 841125, Dallas, Texas 75284-1125, www.donatenow.heart.org; or Peace Lutheran Church, 2201 Rio Grande, College Station, Texas 77845, www.peacelutheranbcs.org.

Services

  • VISITATION Friday, January 19, 2018
  • CELEBRATION OF LIFE Saturday, January 20, 2018
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Gerald M. "Grandpa" Gerlich

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Laurine Marlow

January 19, 2018

My first contact with "Grandpa" was as the front desk man when I took vehicles and trailers for (most excellent!) maintenance at Bryan Muffler Shop. There was lots of good natured banter, including his mock-disgruntled handing over a notebook for me to write my "dissertation" on all the things to be looked at with whatever was being brought in for repair. And the phone calls "Mrs. Marlow, your vehicle is ready," just as soon as work had been completed.
Called in as substitute organist at Peace Lutheran Church one Sunday, I arrived well before the early service to practice, and was surprised to find "Grandpa" in the narthex, preparing coffee on an elaborate rolling cart. I played there for several months, and every Sunday morning, rain or shine, there he was, faithfully fulfilling this service to his fellow worshippers (and one very grateful musician).
Despite declining health and mobility, he continued to preside over the office at Bryan Muffler. Every receipt/work order had meticulously handwritten itemized details of work done on the vehicle, complete with VIN and mileage. Handwritten. Not automatically generated by a computer. Even when it was obvious that nearly everything was an effort, he kept on keeping on. And always, the banter. He will be missed.

American Heart Association

January 18, 2018

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

patricia surovik

January 18, 2018

Gerald was a customer of mine at the College Station Kettle, I so enjoyed serving him, he was always so funny, never let his health issues get in his way of coming in the restaurant, no matter how long it would take him.
He will be dearly missed by me. My all the family be comforted by God.

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