Norbert V Gerling
May 26 1919 - February 03 2016 - Age 96
Obituary

Norbert V. Gerling, 96, of Henley, Missouri, passed away peacefully Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at his farm along the Osage River near Henley, Missouri. He was born May 26, 1919 in St. Thomas, Missouri, the son of the late Henry and Anna (Rackers) Gerling. On February 23, 1946 he was united in marriage to Elizabeth R. (Kempker) Gerling who preceded him in death on May 2, 1988.

He was a member of Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Mary’s Home, MO. Norbert was a World War II veteran of the United States Army. He served as a tank gunner in the 609th Tank Destroyer BN, 3rd US Army and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded three bronze stars. Upon returning from service he married his sweetheart and farmed his entire life. He enjoyed baseball and played for several local teams around St. Thomas and in the military. He truly enjoyed fishing, gardening and passing on his vast wealth of rural knowledge to friends and family. He continued to cut his own firewood and planted his gardens through 2015. In January 2015, Governor Nixon presented Norbert with the French “Legion of Honor” medal for his involvement in the liberation of France.

Survivors,

Son, Bob Gerling (Joyce) of Henley, MO

Daughters, Elaine Lackman (Ben) of Centertown, MO; Mary Ann Bax of Jefferson City, MO; Donna Junkans (Paul) of Henley, MO

Thirteen Grandchildren & Thirteen Great Grandchildren

He is also preceded in death by five sisters, Rose Morff, Sarah Nilges, Martha Sallin, Mary Maynard & Tillie Gerling, and one brother, Hubert Gerling.

Visitation will be Friday, February 5, 2016 from 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Our Lady of the Snows Catholic Church in Mary’s Home, MO with a Rosary prayed at 6:30 PM.

Funeral Mass will be Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:00 AM also at the church with Father Jeremy A. Secrist officiating.

Interment will follow at Our Lady of the Snows Cemetery with Full Military Honors provided by the Eldon VFW Post #2442 of Eldon, MO.

Places
Henley, MO (current)
Saint Thomas, MO (birthplace)
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