Clinton G. Gerlach

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June 18, 1926 - July 11, 2014 Clinton G. Gerlach, age 88 died 07/11/14 from pulmonary disease. Born in Rosemont, Nebraska, son of Herman and Lena Gerlach, he attended public schools, graduating from Blue Hill High School in 1943 at the age of 16. He attended Hastings College for one year until old enough to join the United States Air Force for 2 years. Following discharge from the service, he attended the University of Denver receiving his Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration in 1949. In 1949, he joined Arthur Anderson & Co., as a CPA, in the Chicago Office. In 1952, he joined Penn Union Electric Corporation of Erie, PA as Controller, then Treasurer, and then President. In 1967, Teledyne, Inc. acquired Penn Union and he continued with Teledyne as a Group Executive until 1972. He founded, and as Chairman of the Board and the major shareholder, Tannetics, Inc., whose stock, after numerous acquisitions, became listed on the New York Stock Exchange, with the symbol "TNT". Following the sale of Tannetics in 1986, he retired for two years. Retirement didn't set well with Clint and in 1988 he again acquired, as chairman of the board, controlling interest in Calnetics Corporation of Los Angeles, a small public company, symbol "CALN". After several acquisitions, Calnetics was sold in 1997 at which time he retired permanently. During his business career he served as member of the Board of Directors of Zero Corporation of Los Angeles, Union Bank of Erie, Security Peoples Trust Co. of Erie, and Erie Resistor. Clint's friends describe his as a man with immense integrity and an unwavering dedication to ethical business practices. Denver University's College Daniels College of Business students and alumni describe him as a committed benefactor and friend of the University. In 1995, the Gerlachs made an anonymous donation to start a fund in the name of Professor JJ Johnson to commemorate Johnson's 50th year of teaching. Thereafter, additional contributions were made some in the form of challenge grants, requiring the University to raise matching funds. Clint was an avid sportsman and traveler. He went around the world on one of his African Safari trips. He bagged the Big Five in Africa. A hunter's dream. He loved the out of doors and his cabin retreat in Idaho was a delight to rejuvenate his boundless energy. Flying his two engine Baron III Romeo was another of his pleasures. He lived a full life and will be greatly missed by those left behind. Clint was a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Young Presidents Organization of America, Hastings Midwest Lodge MM No. 317, York Rites, Al Malika Temple Shrine, a member of the L.A. Country Club and the Jonathan Club. He is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Billie, a daughter, Kimberlee, a son Clinton G. (Curt) and his wife, Roberta, and a grandson, Nickolaus, sister-in-law Betty and nephew, Charles. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, August 2nd at 1:00pm at the Chapel at Gates, Kingsley & Gates, Santa Monica.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 26 to July 27, 2014
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