Philip Earl Gerlach, Jr. 77, of Tampa, formerly of Lake City, passed away on November 23, 2012, surrounded by all of his children and grandchildren.
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Phil was born on July 1, 1935, in West Palm Beach, Florida, to Helen (Brust) and Philip Gerlach. Phil attended the University of Florida where he majored in Civil Engineering and went on to receive his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida College of Law. Phil enjoyed a successful career in civil engineering in the state of Florida.
Phil married the love of his life, Sandra Lee Belden, on July 27, 1956. Sandy and Phil were best friends and enjoyed 56 years together raising their three children, entertaining friends, traveling and serving Christ by their many acts of kindness and generosity. Phil was heartbroken after the sudden death of his beloved Sandra on August 6, 2012.
Phil is survived by his son Philip Gerlach, III (Robin), Bonnie Gerlach Henry (Barry), and Betsy Gerlach Johnson (Jim). Phil was a very loving Peepaw to his grandchildren Philip Gerlach, IV, Elizabeth Lynne Gerlach, Mary Katherine Henry, and Philip David Henry.
A memorial service for the family will be held at a later date. The family would like to express their sincere thanks to Reverend Bernie Lieving, Reverend Jim Harnish and the entire ministerial staff at Hyde Park United Methodist Church during the passing of our beloved parents.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to Hyde Park United Methodist Church, 500 West Platt Street, Tampa, Fl 33606.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Published in Lake City Reporter on Nov. 27, 2012