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Donald Ray Gerhardt
Evansville, Ind.
"Don is out flying his pigeons" December 24, 1932 ~ June 14, 2014. How appropriate it is that our patriotic father would pass away on Flag Day. Don was born to Albert G. Gerhardt, Sr. and Frieda A. Gerling on December 24, 1932 in Evansville, Ind. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Don graduated from Benjamin Bosse High School and Mechanic Arts in Evansville, Ind. He had an Honorable discharge from the U.S. Air Force, serving in the Korean War. He worked 31 years with the Federal Postal Service. Don loved hunting, fishing, target shooting, camping, Nascar, and talking about guns and cars. He loved entertaining people with his stories and jokes, but his biggest passion was his Birmingham Roller Pigeons, especially flying them for Goldie. He could tell you when and where about any historical event. His positive attitude and outlook on life was an inspiration to all those who knew him. He never complained. He would make everyone smile.
He married our mother, Goldie Cheney, in 1974. Don would say, "We spent 33 great years together." He was an amazing stepfather to Goldie's seven children, Jackie (Merwin) Holgate, of South Ogden, Robert (Shari) Cheney, of Layton, Kathryn Cheney, of West Jordan, Bruce (Ann) Cheney, of Rock Springs, Wyo., Glen (Janet) Cheney, of Beaver Dam, Ariz., Sherri (Barry) DeHaan, of Clinton, and Jolene (Neil) Palmer, of Ogden.
Our Father has been reunited with his wife; parents; brother; sister; and three grandchildren. What a happy reunion that will be.
Don is survived by his seven stepchildren; 30 grandchildren; 59 great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren, and one on the way. He is also survived by four nephews and two nieces.
We want to thank our extended family at Peachtree Place for their tender loving care in the last 10 years. We would also like to thank Hospice for Utah for their compassionate service. We are forever grateful.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 18, 2014, at 11 a.m. at Lindquist's Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. The family will meet with friends Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and Wednesday from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. at the mortuary. Interment, Ben Lomond Cemetery.
"See you in the funny paper and don't forget to wear your seatbelt, it's the law"
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Published in Courier Press on June 17, 2014
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