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Bisch & Son Funeral Home

505 East Allen, Springfield, IL

OBITUARY

Carl D. Gebhardt

October 5, 1939September 1, 2019

On Sunday, September 1, 2019, Carl Dean Gebhardt, loving father of three, passed away at the age of 79.

Carl was born on October 5, 1939, right behind his twin brother, Paul Gene Gebhardt, in Springfield, IL, to Elbert and Norma (Bollman) Gebhardt. The twins, along with younger brother Charles Gebhardt, grew up in Springfield and always had stories to tell of their youth there.

Carl had a passion for world history and after being honorably discharged from the Illinois Army National Guard in 1959, he continued his education at Western Illinois University where he obtained his Master of Arts degree in 1968. With his Master’s degree he went on to teach at the high school level for over 35 years. He spent most of that time at Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL, where he loved soaring with the Eagles. He loved teaching and while at Leyden he also coached many sports including wrestling, football, baseball and softball. He also found the time to run a swimming program for local kids during the summers and escorted students from Leyden to Europe for several student exchange trips.

In addition to his high school students, Carl was also a very dedicated father. He had three children; Laura Paschen, Brian Gebhardt and Corrie Baccelli. Despite his busy school schedule, he always made time to spend with them and they would often be seen nearby during many of his activities at Leyden. Although they attended different high schools, like Carl, they were Eagles too.

Carl retired from teaching in 2000 and returned home to Springfield where he enjoyed playing golf at the Brookhills Golf Club or you could find him with his brother Paul at the Lime St. Café watching a Yankees game.

Carl is survived by his three children and their spouses Jay Paschen, Heather Gebhardt and Michael Baccelli along with 5 grandchildren; Maggie and Amber Gebhardt, Emily Paschen, and Michael and Alessandra Baccelli. He is also survived by his brother Charles Gebhardt and his wife Linda of Arizona along with numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

Services are under the direction of Bisch and Son Funeral Home, 505 East Allen Street, Springfield, IL. Graveside service to be held on Saturday, September 7, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Oak Ridge Cemetery. Please visit the online “Life Remembered Story” at www.bischandsonfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Graveside Service Saturday, September 7, 2019

Memories

Carl D. Gebhardt

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Sean Craig

September 11, 2019

I'm extremely grateful for all the incredible support and guidance Coach Geghardt provided to me and countless others. He was an amazing teacher, coach and friend, who had a huge impact on my life by helping me get into West Point. Thank you for all the valuable lessons you taught us and for all your selfless sacrifice and support!

Sean Craig, Class of 1999

Tim McShea

September 9, 2019

Coach Gebhardt was my favorite teacher and coach. When I was a young struggling high schooler he saw something in me long before I did. I loved going to his class or playing pickup basketball with him in the Fieldhouse. Really just loved being in his presence. He was competitor a patriot and a gentleman. Loved his pregame custom of playing all the great fight songs before our games. I'd arrive early just for that.
I have thought of him many many times over the years when I was a teacher and coach. Thought of his love for our nation's history and how he inspired me as I developed my own love for this great country. He used to tell me a funny story before jv games. He'd say captain McShea, because I was the captain. I'm going to give you the same advice my coach gave me before every game. Dont do anything and you wont make any mistakes. First time took me a moment to realize his humor. I also remember getting cracked across the chest one time. I was rude and had it coming. Doubt there are many teachers like him out there today. Loved the man. Hoping he's playing the back 9 in heaven. Tip of the hat to you coach. You are missed.

Nicholas Savio

September 9, 2019

You were quite honestly my favorite teacher in HS. I loved going to World History Class with Mr. Gebhardt. You are truly one of the reasons I have passion for history the way I do now. You taught me so much in class. R.I.P. Mr. Gebhardt. The world truly lost a great man.

JACK LEESE

September 6, 2019

Although I was an East Leyden teacher and Carl was at the "other"
school (West Leyden) I knew and admired both his teaching and coaching skills. To me, Carl was a hard working and dedicated teacher and coach. My friends, Pete Ventrelli, Bill Ohlson, and Marcel Lewinski, would reflect often on Carl's abilities. He was always prepared and always went the extra mile. Those students who were in his classes as well as the people he coached were indeed fortunate to be in his presence. A man's man, he was respected by all and the teaching/ coaching profession benefitted from his professional approach. He will be remembered by many.
Jack Leese-East Leyden

Carla Fiorito Masilotti

September 6, 2019

Mr. Gebhardt had a unique ability to build caring relationships with students. I have thought of him often, and smiled. Classmates and I have shared memories of him with each other through the years. He was loved and respected by all who knew him. An extraordinary man in a sea of ordinary teachers. My condolences to his family and friends. (Carla Fiorito, class 72)

Ron Hennings

September 6, 2019

Mr.Gebhardt had that special ability to make learning fun and interesting. He cared about each student and made a difference in their lives. I only had the privilege of being a student of his for American History, yet in that one year, he instilled in me a desire to push myself beyond what I thought possible. His lessons still guide me today in everything I do. To his family, I offer condolences, and the knowledge that his influence is still felt by every student who was lucky enough to be around him.

West Leyden Class of 1977.

Tina O'Donnell

September 5, 2019

He was truly one of the best at West Leyden. I had him for drivers ed and can still hear his voice yelling at me and my drivers ed partner to slow down while driving on the course behind the school.
Years later I would run into him at the grocery store and realized what a great person he was. Always happy and had something kind to say. To see him joking and teasing with his kids at the store was heartwarming. His sense of humor was a delight.
My prayers go out to his family for their loss.
Tina O'Donnell
Class of 78

Adam Woosley

September 5, 2019

Coach C you will always be missed. I remember you wouldnt let anyone settle for average and always encouraged them to be better and not stop till they got where they should be.My thighs still hurt from the coutless hours you made me stay in squat position because i wasnt low enough on my stance. RIP sir

Anita Mannino ( Hobscheid)

September 5, 2019

Rest in Peace Mr. Gebhardt. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. You were a wonderful teacher that was always willing to help a student.

Anita Hobscheid Mannino
Class of 1980

Charles Thompson

September 5, 2019

I had the privilege of knowing and working with Carl for 18 years at Leyden. He was a caring and talented teacher who was respected by both students and faculty. He impacted, positively, on the lives of many students during his coaching and teaching career and helped make Leyden an exceptional school district.
It is with great sadness I learned of Carl’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you, his family, during this time. All of our lives were enriched by knowing Carl.
With deepest sympathy.
Chuck Thompson, Principal, West Leyden. 1975 - 93

FROM THE FAMILY