BOW - James Everett Gergler, 77, of Bow, died Friday, February 15, 2013 at Concord Hospital. James struggled with lung and heart disease and experienced a protracted hospital stay before finding peace. James was born April 14, 1935 to Everett Sidney Gergler and Marcella Jeanette (Karpin) Gergler O'Dwyer in Hartford, Conn. He spent his youth in Mansfield Depot, Conn., served his country in the Navy from 1953 to 1957 and earned his Civil Engineering degree from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn. in 1961.
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James worked as a highway and bridge engineer for the Federal Highway Administration and raised three children with his former wife in Bow, in a house he owned for 45 years. James was civic-minded, helped build ball fields, developed youth athletic opportunities, coached youth baseball and football and served on local boards during his years in Bow. After retirement from the Federal Government, James worked as a Highway Engineer on the Island of St. Thomas and worked as an engineering consultant in New Hampshire before embracing full retirement by sailing, traveling, golfing and wintering in Naples, Fla.
James was pre-deceased by his half-sister Doris Gergler and is survived by his son Geoffrey Gergler of Scarborough, Maine, daughter Laura (Gergler) Martino and her husband Gary Martino of Escondido, Calif., son Kurt Gergler and his wife Elaine Arbour of Sunapee, half-sisters Geraldine Degree, Evelyn Griswold and Sandra Bidwell, half-brothers Thomas Gergler and Donald Gergler, grandson Kristopher Gergler and granddaughters Akashia Gergler and Marcella Martino.
There will be no calling hours.
The funeral service will be held Friday, February 22, at 11 a.m., at Potter Funeral Home, 456 Jackson St. (Rte. 195) Willimantic, CT. Interment will be in Storrs Cemetery, Storrs, Conn.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the American Legion Youth Programs Fund in James' memory (http://www.legion.org/donate). For an online memorial guestbook, please visit www.potterfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Concord Monitor on Feb. 18, 2013