November 27, 1926 – November 21, 2020
PEKIN ~ Glenn W. Gerbracht, 93, of Pekin, passed away 3:10 a.m. Saturday, November 21, 2020 at Hallmark Healthcare of Pekin.
He was born on November 27, 1926 in Peckham, Oklahoma to Charles and Imo (Van Etten) Gerbracht.
Glenn spent his childhood in Kansas and joined the Navy in 1945. He always remembered exactly what he was doing on what is now referred to as Pearl Harbor Day – he was walking home from fishing when a neighbor drove by and told him of the attack.
Upon his honorable discharge in 1947, he completed 1 year of college majoring in music. He then moved to Easton, Illinois to help his sister Helen and her husband Bob Lowers on their farm. Glenn began working at Caterpillar and completed a 4-year apprentice program in 1952 in patternmaking. Glenn spent his career at Caterpillar and retired in 1983 from the Material Purchasing Department at the Caterpillar World Headquarters in Peoria. Glenn had a beautiful voice and loved to sing. He was a member of the Pekin Barbershop Chorus as well as the tenor in a quartet. His granddaughter, Kimberly inherited his love of music and fine singing voice.
Glenn worked hard all his life and that work ethic has been passed down to his children and grandchildren. Glenn and Beverly enjoyed fish fries on Friday nights at the Moose Lodge, where Glenn was a member for many years.
Glenn’s family is grateful to the nurses of Hallmark who cared for him as well as the women in the activities department of Hallmark who assisted the family with Facetime and phone calls. The family also thanks Transitions Hospice who provided loving care to him in his final weeks. Glenn married Beverly Penninger on November 27, 1981 in Pekin. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Leslie J. Gerbracht (Chuck Grace); son, Bryan D. Gerbracht (Kathryn); grandchildren, Kimberly R. Urish, Henry G. Gerbracht; stepchildren, Susan and Kenny Mulally, and sons Nick and Jake Mulally and grandson Braden Mulally, Patty Reed and Carol Reed; and several nephews and their families.
Glenn was preceded in death by his sister, Helen, his half brothers Torrance and Nevoy Gerbracht and grandson Daniel Whitley.
At his request there will be no services and due to COVID, the family will be unable to gather. His cremated remains will be buried at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made in his name to Hallmark Healthcare of Pekin Activities Department, 2501 Allentown Road, Pekin, IL 61554 or Transitions Hospice, 8914 North Prairie Point, Peoria, IL 61615.
To express condolances online, visit www.preston-hanley.com
Sandy (Sudberry) Bush
December 1, 2020
Beverly & Family~keeping you in loving thoughts & prayers. May HIS grace sustain you, bringing PEACE to your hearts, & warm memories, comfort.
November 27, 2020
Dear Leslie & Chuck,
Our sincere sympathy to you both and your family, Leslie.
You are in our thoughts.
Julie Erickson & Hans Droog
November 25, 2020
Leslie and the rest of the family, my prayers are with you.
November 24, 2020
So sorry for your loss Bev. You guys brought lots of joy into mom & dads (Conk & Gladys) life with your visits..
November 23, 2020
Prayers for Glen's family during this most difficult time
I met Glen when I purchased a house from him in the late 70's . He was a hard worker and I thought he was funny. I seen Glen off and on through the years and he never seemed to change R.I.P my friend
Gordon and Pat Petry
November 22, 2020
We are so sorry for your loss.
November 22, 2020
So Sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers go with the family!! Not only am I part of the family through siste r Helen and Robert but I also worked at Cat Foundry for 18 years and talked with Glenn often!!
Love to all: