Eugene "Gene" Gerlich, 83, of Arlington passed away Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, at his residence. Service: A rosary will be recited and Mass of Christian Burial celebrated 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Elk, near Waco. Interment: St. Joseph's Cemetery. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Aderhold Funeral Home in West, 254-826-5321. A celebration of Gene's life, a come-and-go get-together/potluck meal, will be held 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the SPJST Hall, 3100 Pleasant Valley Lane, Arlington. Memorials: St. Joseph's Catholic School in Arlington or the West Volunteer Fire Department, in lieu of flowers. Gene was born April 25, 1930, in Kemp, the son of Eugene A. and Sophie Tichavsky Gerlich. He attended Leggott School and was a 1948 graduate of West High School. He served his country with the Army during the Korean War
. On Jan. 20, 1953, he was united in marriage to Dorothy Pechacek in Elk. Gene worked for William Cameron Co. before joining General Tire and Rubber Co., where he served as purchasing agent for over 30 years before retiring in 1987. Gene was a former member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bellmead for over 40 years, serving on the parish council and as a reader. He was presently a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Arlington. He served as the mayor of Northcrest in the 1960s, was a Reicher school board member and a longtime member of SPJST Lodge #66. Gene enjoyed dancing, working on cars, doing yard work and keeping up with the Cowboys, Rangers and Baylor Bears. He especially loved spending time with his family. Eugene was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Donna Culliton; and a brother, Vernon Gerlich. Survivors: His beloved wife of 60 years, Dorothy Gerlich of Arlington; daughter, Kay Weeks and husband, Tom, of Arlington; son-in-law, Tim Culliton of Arlington; sister, Albina Macha; sister-in-law, Frances Gerlich; grandchildren, Natalie Doland and husband, Tony, Nick Culliton, Kimberly Culliton, Katie Weeks, Gena Weeks and Tommy Weeks; great-grandchildren, Jude, Lilly and Elizabeth Doland; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.