With his children by his side, Walter Gerber went home to be with his Lord and Saviour, at Stratford General Hospital, in his 88th year, following a brief illness. He was married to Myrna Gerber (nee Honsaker) for 63 years. Born on the family farm near Shakespeare to Aaron and Mary Ann (Ruby) Gerber, he lived there for a good portion of his life. Together, Walter and Myrna raised three children Kerry (Aldena), Sherry, and Jeffrey (Julie). He was grandfather to five grandchildren, Lauren (Brent Weyers), Nicole, Brookelynn, Katherine and Jackson.
He will be missed by his sister Ruth (David) Steinmann and sister-in-law Erma Kipfer. He was predeceased by brothers and sisters (and spouses), Delford (Ethel) Gerber, Emmalene (Bill) Bell, Laverne Kipfer, and Eileen (Norm) Wettlaufer. He will also be missed by sister-in-law Janet (Don) Myers, and was predeceased by brothers and sisters-in-law Betty (Ray) Ruby, David (Shirley) Honsaker, and Edwin (Fran) Honsaker. Also missed by his many nieces and nephews.
Walter was a farmer and a truck driver. He owned Gerber Transport with his brother Delford, and he later drove truck for Koch Transport for 25 years, until his retirement in 1996. He loved his family and his Lord. He enjoyed his retirement years with enthusiasm, staying at the trailer, traveling extensively with Myrna, volunteering, meeting weekly with the Bethel Men’s Prayer Group, visiting with friends and actively engaging with those around him on the issues of the day.
Visitation will occur at Bethel Pentecostal Church in Stratford on Thursday, March 3 from 2-4 and 7-9 pm, and Friday March 4 from 1 to 2 pm with the funeral to follow at 2:30 pm. Cremation has taken place. No reception will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy can be made in the form of donations to Bethel Pentecostal Church or the Stratford House of Blessing.
Service to be livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/c/BethelChurchStratford
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