Gerard Thomas Wehrle of Weldon Spring, MO died peacefully on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at age 55, surrounded by his loving family.
Gerard was born in “Little German” Herman (as he would say) on December 17th, 1962 to Wilfred and Vera Wehrle. Those left behind to cherish his memory include his wife of 32 years, Susan (Odlum) Wehrle; his children, Lindsay (Kaare) Utt, Cara (Kyle) Wells, and Brittany Wehrle; and his grandchildren Braden, Avery, and Alexander Utt. Gerard is survived by seven siblings, Alfred, Elaine, Howard, Steve, Jane, Mike, and Debbie. Gerard was the dear uncle, cousin and friend to many. He was preceded in death by his parents as well as both mother and father in-law.
Gerard owned a small appliance repair company for 27 years. His business thrived on his honest, caring and unparalleled customer service. Anyone who met him knew he was soft-spoken, yet he managed to steal attention with his witty commentary. He was generous, loving, laid-back and a handsome man. He loved the outdoors and spent many days in his garden. Some of his favorite things included drinking coffee in the morning with his wife Sue, taking pictures of nature, eating snickers and peppermints, listening to music, grilling, fishing, and spending time with family and friends. He often gave his time and talents generously to those in need.
Gerard was a long-time brain cancer survivor of 20 years as of January 29th, 2018. He continued to defy every timeline given to him by doctors and never gave up his will to live. There’s no doubt a day didn’t go by without thinking about the cancer that ailed him, but you would never know upon meeting him. Gerard would tell you his faith in God and the Catholic religion carried him through the adversity he faced with cancer.
The family would like to send a special thank you to the nurses of Mercy hospice for all the support and care during his last months as well as all the family, friends and neighbors who provided comfort and love to Gerard and his family!!!
Visitation: Monday, February 26th: 4:00 -7:00 pm at IHM church (Immaculate Heart of Mary) In New Melle, Memorial Mass to follow Visitation at 7:00pm IHM Church Immaculate Heart-Mary Church 8 Hwy D, New Melle, MO 63365.
Donations to the American Brain Tumor Association would be much appreciated. American Brain Tumor Association