Vernon Lee GEHRKE

December 2, 1947July 10, 2019

Vernon Lee Gehrke died on July 10, 2019 in Gresham, Oregon at the age of 71. He was born on December 2, 1947 in Portland, Oregon.

Vernon attended Gresham High School. He served his country in the US Army and was stationed in Germany.

Vernon enjoyed bowling, golfing and softball. He was a history buff.

Vernon is survived by his daughter Tanya Gehrke, daughter Jennifer Eddy, son Christian Gehrke, daughter Brandy Gehrke and daughter Cathy Gehrke. He is also survived by his eleven grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren. No public services will be held.


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Vernon Lee GEHRKE

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Carlos Barrientos

July 18, 2019

I was so sorry to hear of Vern's passing. He was a good friend, someone I enjoyed being around when we were stationed in Germany. We had many great memories over the three years we were there. Memories of the German night life, playing war games, making friends with guys from all over the United States. Some of the memories we would rather forget like pulling guard duty, K P and the sometimes brutal cold weather of Hohenfels, Germany.

One thing about Vern, he really loved Gresham, he talked about it all the time when we were in Germany, that and Portland. I was in Portland once and I could see why. We visited and had a great time. We talked about our old Army days and he took me to some great German Restaurants; Gustaves and Rhinelander, those really brought back some memories, the food was fantastic. I'll miss our periodic calls we use to make to each other, we use to talk about every under the sun. Rest in peace Vern

Christian Gehrke

July 17, 2019

I miss you dad!!! Hope you've finally found peace and happiness.

Eulo Regala

July 11, 2019

To the family of Vernon Gehrke I would like to send my condolences and prayers. I talked to Veron almost 6 - 8 months ago, we talked for about 45 minutes about how he was and how I was doing. We would keep in contact at least 3-4 times a year and talk about the good old times in Germany. Vern was on the same tank for 1 year boy did we have a blast. When I first met Vern he was a young boy who wasn't to sure what he had gotten into. As time passed , we became close. When I left Germany, Vern had become a young man. Vern was a person who would do anything for you. A lot of memories that I will never forget. I hope you enjoy the pictures. May Veron rest in peace. Until I see you again.