Obit: Gehrke, Russell E. (1963 - 2009)

Contact: Robert Lipprandt


Surnames: Chandler, Dozer, Gehrke, Tuthill, Wigstadt, Wright  

----Source: The Tribune - Phonograph (Abbotsford, Clark Co., WI), Wednesday, June 24, 2009, Online Edition 

Gehrke, Russell E. (January 22, 1963 - June 17, 2009) 

Russell E. Gehrke, 46, Colby, died Wednesday, June 17, 2009 at the Just Like Home Assisted Living Center in Colby, Wis.

Russell was born January 22, 1963, the son of Julius and Opal (Tuthill) Gehrke in Ill.

He attended Colby Elementary School and graduated from Colby High School. Russell was engaged in several work projects at the Clark County Health Care Center in Owen. In his spare time Russ loved all kinds of music. Russell was a former member of the Methodist Church in Oregon, Wisc.

He is lovingly survived by his parents, Julius and Opal Gehrke of Colby; his sisters, Julia (Tom) Wright of Marshfield, Deborah Chandler of Madison, and Donna (Daniel) Wigstadt, Dorchester, Wis. Russ is further survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends and his long time companions, his dogs Teddy, Lick and Joey.

Russell was preceded in death by his maternal and paternal grandparents and one nephew. 
Russell will be sadly missed by all those who knew him.

A Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, June 22, 2009 at the Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home, Abbotsford, Wis. The Rev. Clem Dozer will preside. A private committal service will take place at Riverside Cemetery in the town of Hixon. Friends may call from 10:00 a.m. until time of service on Monday at the funeral home in Abbotsford, Wis.



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