Frank Gehling, 70, of 7 Devon Ave., died Wednesday at home. He was the husband of the late Leslie Jane Minor of Darien, Connecticut.
Born in Newton, Mass, he was the son of the late Daniel Chester Gehling and Esther Lawson. Frank Gehling early on had a love for race car driving. Frank Gehling began his racing career at the age of 16, helping Richard Rit Hennessey of Norwalk. Rit owned an Offy midget often referred to one of the best cars on the entire east coast at the time. As a pit crewman for Rit, Frank traveled to over forty races per year competing in the American Race Drivers Club and the North Eastern Midget Association. Frank sharpened his skills as a race car mechanic during his three year association with the team.
Frank drove for many car owners and was car owner himself during his racing career. Among them were Frank Fahey, Nick Duino, Frank Slaney, Charlie Chriot, Charlie Hyatt, and the Kelley Brothers. He captured many checkered flags and finished third in points twice. His most memorable win was the 100-lap New England Midget Championship event on September 2, 1967 at Westboro Speedway in Massachusetts.
Later in life, he worked as supervisor and director of maintenance formally known as Fairfield Manor Healthcare of Norwalk after 20+ years of dedicated service.
Frank Gehling is survived by a son, Roger Gehling of Norwalk and sister Shirley Balla of Keene, NH.
A Celebration for the life of Frank Gehling will be held on Tuesday November 20, 2012 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. directly at Norwalk Community Baptist Church, 105 East Ave. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. Norwalk's Hoyt-Cognetta Funeral Home & Crematory, 5 East Wall Street has been entrusted with arrangements.
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