OTTAWA — Roger Aaron Gebhardt, 88, of Ottawa, died Thursday, April 26, at Pleasant View.
Funeral services will be at noon Monday, April 30, at Mueller Funeral Home in Ottawa with the Rev. David E. Daniel, pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, officiating. Burial will follow in Oakwood Memorial Park, where full military rites will be conducted by the American Legion Post 33 Veteran’s Group Honor Guard. Visitation will be from 9 a.m. to noon Monday at the funeral home.
Roger was born April 11, 1930, in Ottawa, to William C. and Wreatha (Ball) Gebhardt. He married Norma J. Beguin on Feb. 26, 1952, in Jeffersonville, Ind. She died April 3, 1999.
Roger was a veteran of the U.S. Army and served from 1948 to 1952 in Korea, Guam and Japan.
He was a welder for Caterpillar in Aurora for 30 years. Roger was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, UAW and the American Legion. He loved going to auctions with his wife, cutting the grass with his John Deere and spending time with his family, especially his Sunday night visits with his granddaughter, Carrie Jean, eating desserts and watching Hee Haw Wrestling, the WWE and RFD TV.
He is survived by three children, Greg (Linda) Gebhardt, of Marseilles, Gay Anne (Tim) Hogan, of Ottawa, and Glenda (Carl) Eickleberry, of South Bend, Ind.; nine grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; two sisters; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Norma; a son, Gary; a daughter, Gail; a granddaughter, Jennifer; two grandsons, Gary Jr. and one in infancy; and two brothers, Bill and Howard.
Pallbearers will be his grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be directed to Pleasant View Resident Fund or the donor’s choice.
You may sign the online guest book and share remembrances at MuellerFH.com.
Mueller Funeral Home and Crematory
800 First Ave., Ottawa, IL 61350