Wood A. "Grandpa" Gebhardt, Sr.
VIRGINIA, IL - Wood A. "Grandpa" Gebhardt, Sr., 89, died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013, at St. John's Hospital in Springfield.
He was born March 5, 1924, in Cass County, Ill., the son of Alfred A. and Blanche Fielden Gebhardt. He married Juanita Hardwick on September 25, 1946, in Scott County, and she preceded him in death on January 6, 1996.
He is survived by a son, Duff Gebhardt (wife, Pam) of Albuquerque, N.M.; eight grandchildren, Leslie Mahoney (husband, Joe) of Tijeras, N.M., Laura Bardsley (husband, Andy) of Lantana, Texas, Emily Tidwell (husband, Josh) of Denver, Colo., Blake Gebhardt (wife, Crista) of Springfield, Brandi Handley (husband, Mike) of Bon Aire, Ga., Steven Graves of Springfield, Sara Garza (husband, Nathanial) of San Antonio, Texas, and Jennifer Hays (husband, Eric) of Virginia; 17 great-grandchildren; a sister, Rosemary Ruhl of Louisville, Ky.; several nieces and nephews; and a special friend, Marilyn Petefish of Virginia.
He was preceded in death by a son, Wood A. Gebhardt, Jr., (surviving wife, Debby of Virginia), and a brother, Kent Gebhardt.
Wood was a graduate of Virginia High School and served with the U.S. Army Air Corps during WW II. He was a long-time farmer in Cass County and later served as a maintenance supervisor for the Jacksonville Holiday Inn. He was a member of the Virginia United Methodist Church and Jacksonville Amvets Post 100. He was a past Illinois State Commander of the Amvets. He enjoyed knife making and collecting, sharing coffee with friends at the Depot Restaurant, and winter trips to Gulf Shores, Ala. with Marilyn.
Cremation rites have been accorded. Memorial services will be held 11 a.m., Wednesday, January 8, 2014, at the Virginia United Methodist Church in Virginia with burial and military honors at Walnut Ridge Cemetery in Virginia. The family will meet friends at the church one hour prior to the services. Memorial gifts are suggested to Virginia United Methodist Church, Amvets Post 100, or
. The Buchanan & Cody Funeral Home in Virginia is in charge of the arrangements. Condolences may be sent online at www.buchanancody.com.