Philip Morton Gerlach

October 10, 1925June 23, 2022
Obituary of Philip Morton Gerlach
Philip Gerlach, age 96, beloved father, husband, grandfather, great grandfather, son, uncle, and brother, passed away at home in Jacksonville, FL, surrounded by his family on June 23, 2022. Born in Pittsfield, MA to Philip and Pauline Gerlach, he enlisted at age 18 into the Army Air Force and served as a B-24 tail gunner during WWII. He was the devoted husband of Phyllis Gerlach for 59 years. Phil taught high school and college mathematics in Scotia, NY. In retirement he resided in Sebastian, Florida and summers in Cashiers, NC. He lived his last years in Jacksonville. He continued to tutor math students well into his 80’s and was a voracious reader of 2 daily newspapers. He is survived by his daughter, Ruth Stutzman of Lynchburg, VA, sons David P. Gerlach, Sr. of Maui, Hawaii and Gregg Gerlach of Jacksonville, sister Janet Drumm of Brentwood, CA, along with 5 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. A military funeral service will take place at Jacksonville National Cemetery at 10:30 am on Wednesday, August 3, 2022, and will be live streamed. The link for the livestream is: Those who would like to commemorate Phil may do so by making a gift to the charity of their choice. The charities can be accessed via this link:

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Wednesday, August 03, 2022

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