Helen Elizabeth Goeken Gerber © Enid News and Eagle 11-07-2007 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
The funeral for Helen Elizabeth Gerber, 86, of Cherokee, will be 2 p.m. Friday at United Methodist Church, Cherokee. The Rev. Tom Cooksey and Tim Roggow will officiate. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Arrangements are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Cherokee. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. and 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the church following the service.
She was born Nov. 7, 1920, on a farm west of Cherokee to Jacob and Elizabeth Goeken and died Friday, Nov. 2, 2007, at Integris Bass Baptist Health Center.
She attended school at Ingersoll and graduated from Cherokee High School in 1938.
She married Bill Gerber in 1941 in Cherokee. While he served in the Navy she lived in St. Louis and moved to Cherokee after he was deployed to Guam. She worked as a seamstress at Cherokee Brassier Factory and later moved to Wichita, Kan., where she worked at Beech Aircraft factory. In 1949 she moved to Cherokee where they farmed and ran Gerber Dairy. In 1958, they moved to Denver, where she worked at Samsonite until her retirement in 1982. They returned to Cherokee in 1984, where she lived until her death. She was a member of United Methodist Church, United Methodist Women, Tuesday Morning Bible Study, Order of the Eastern Star, JUG Pitch Club, Six Canasta Club and Birthday Club.
Surviving are her husband, Bill, of the home; two daughters, Jeanne Carpenter of Cherokee and Glenda Ann Hachenberger of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was preceded in death by three brothers, one sister and one grandchild.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Kids Club after school ministries.
Condolences may be made online at www.lanmanmemori als.com.
W. F. Gerber © Enid News and Eagle 12-07-2007 Submitted by: Jo Aguirre
The funeral for W.F. “Bill” Gerber, 89, of Cherokee, will be 2 p.m. Saturday at United Methodist Church, Cherokee. The Revs. Jim Edmison and Tom Cooksey will officiate. Burial will be in Cherokee Municipal Cemetery. Arrange-ments are by Lanman Funeral Home Inc., Cherokee. Visitation will be 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the funeral home with the family present from 5 to 7 p.m. The casket will be open following the service at the church.
He was born July 18, 1918, in Cherokee to Glenn and Edna Gerber and died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2007, at Greenbrier Nursing Home.
He grew up in Byron and graduated from Byron High school in 1937.
He married Helen Goeken July 19, 1941, in Cherokee. He enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and spent his military career in Guam. Following his discharge, they moved to Cherokee, where they farmed and ran the Gerber Dairy. They moved to Denver in 1958, where he owned Gerber Fountain Equipment Co. They retired in 1982 and moved to Cherokee, where he lived until his death. He was a member of United Methodist Church, Order of Eastern Star, Scottish Rites in Denver and was a 32nd degree Mason.
Surviving are two daughters, Jean Carpenter of Cherokee and Glenda Hachenberger of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; one sister, Mary Jane Evans of Cherokee; two brothers, Glenn Gerber of Lehi, Utah, and Robert E. Gerber of Vancouver, Wash.; nine grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen, one brother,\ and one great-grandchild.
Memorials may be made through the funeral home to Cherokee Library Memorial Fund – Pioneer Spirit Foundation.
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