DONALD E. GEBERT, 82, died on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, at Parkview Regional Medical Center, Fort Wayne. Born in Fort Wayne, he was the son of the late Earl and Laura Gebert. He was a lifetime member of Salem United Church of Christ, Fort Wayne. He served his country as a U.S. Navy medic during the Korean War and was a member of American Legion Post 330. He was a 33rd degree Mason, Shriner and member of the German Heritage Society. He retired as an investigative officer for the Allen County Prosecutor's office in 1988 receiving the Silver Star in 1976. He was a member of the Allen County Sheriff's Department, New Haven Police Department, former Railroad Policeman, and a volunteer for the New Haven/Adams Township Fire Department. Don is survived by his wife of 27 years, Marilyn; sons, Tracy Gebert of Fort Wayne, Jeff Gebert of New Haven, Darcy Gebert and Loren (Angie) Gebert, both of Fort Wayne; stepchildren, Joen Coil and Tom (Debbie) Webb, both of Fort Wayne; 16 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren. He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Donajene; son, Christopher; grandson, Jeff Gebert Jr.; and brothers, Richard and Robert Gebert. A Celebration of Don's life is 1 p.m. Thursday at Salem United Church of Christ, 2401 Lake Ave., Fort Wayne, with calling from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pastor Michael Smith officiating. Preferred memorials to Salem U.C.C. Arrangements by E. Harper & Son Funeral Home, 740 St. Rd. 930 E., New Haven. For online condolences, please visit www.harperfuneralhome.com
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Published in Fort Wayne Newspapers on Nov. 5, 2013