Hubert (Emil) Gerke, 82, of Tipton, passed away Sunday, February 12, 2012 at Tipton Oak Manor.
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He was born November 2, 1929 near Otterville, the youngest of 12 children, to Joseph and Emma Hainen Gerke. He was married September 21, 1954 in Tipton to Evelyn Koechner, who survives of the home. He graduated from Smithton High School. He was the second employee hired at Fischer Mfg. in 1949 and worked there until 1975. He owned Emil's Station and Café from 1975 to 1981. He worked for FascoInc. in Eldon and Tipton, from which he retired. He was a school crossing guard. He was in charge of the Knights of Columbus Bingo stand for twenty years. He was a member of the St. Andrew's Catholic Church and a lifetime member of the Knights of Columbus.
Survivors include his wife of the home, two daughters-Darlene (Ronnie) Long and Anita (Donnie) Bracht of Tipton; two sons-Bruce (Becky) Gerke of Houstonia and Wayne Gerke of Denver; ten grandchildren-Jennifer Schmidt, Amanda Long, Aaron Long, Amy Griffin, Donna Bracht, Don Bracht, Jr., Chris Bracht, Terry Gerke, Anne Marie Gerke, Noah Gerke and seven great grandchildren; one sister-Geneva Fischer of California. He was preceded in death by seven brothers and three sisters.
Funeral services for Mr. Gerke will be Wednesday, February 15, 2012 at St. Andrew's Catholic Church at 10:00 AM. Burial in the St. Andrew's Cemetery.
Visitation will be Tuesday at the Meisenheimer Funeral Home in Tipton after 5:00 PM with a prayer service at 7:00 PM.
Memorials to the St. Andrew's Church, City Park, or Preferred Hospice.
Published in Boonville Daily News from Feb. 13 to Feb. 20, 2012