PALMYRA, Mo. -- Gerald Walter Mahsman, 87, of rural Palmyra, passed away peacefully Saturday (April 20, 2013) in Beth Haven Nursing Home. Mr. Mahsman was born July 8, 1925, in Marion County, Mo. to Walter Henry and Mary Wilhelmina Drebes Mahsman. He was married to Mary Elizabeth Neff on March 8, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and she survives. Gerald was a lifelong Marion County farmer. He worked for Kellwood in Hannibal from 1978 until retiring as manager in 1992. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and had served on the church school board. Gerald attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Rensselaer High School class of 1943. He enjoyed stamp collecting and astronomy and was an avid science fiction reader and a loyal St. Louis Cardinals baseball fan. Gerald loved bluegrass music. He witnessed a deep and abiding faith all his life and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend. In addition to his wife, other survivors include 15 children, Patti (Bill) Barber of Jefferson City, Debbie (David) Shrum of Macon, Jeri (Ron) Tourney of Clay Center, Kan., Mike (Judy) Mahsman of Hannibal, Kathy Mahsman of the home, Phillip (Brenda) Mahsman, Randy (Stacey) Mahsman and Amy (Jerry) Tallman of New London, Cindy (Wells) Pettibone of Hannibal, Buddy Mahsman of Palmyra, Barbara (Brian) Falls of Palmyra, Laurie Mahsman of St. Charles, Mark (Heather) Mahsman of Quincy, Ill., Doug (Michelle) Mahsman of Hannibal and Kimberly (Jason) Martin of Palmyra; 45 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville (Elizabeth) Mahsman of Quincy; one sister, Glenda (Bob) Hevle of Texas; four sisters-in-law, Eleanor Willsey of Hannibal, Penny Stoll of Hannibal, Doris Mahsman of Palmyra and Mary Lee Mahsman of Virginia; brother-in-law, Duane (Irene) Neff of Marissa, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews. Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alvin Mahsman, Larry Mahsman and Donald Mahsman; and brother-in-law, Robert Willsey. SERVICES: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in Immanuel Lutheran Church, West Ely, Mo., with the Rev. Kenneth Schamber conducting. Burial will be in Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal. Pallbearers will be Gerald's six sons, and his grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers. VISITATION: 5-8 p.m. Tuesday in the Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal. MEMORIALS: Immanuel Lutheran Church Landscaping Fund or Beth Haven Nursing Home in care of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel.. ARRANGEMENTS: Smith Funeral Home and Chapel. WEBSITE: smithfuneralhomeandchapel.com.
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Published in Quincy Herald-Whig from Apr. 21 to Apr. 23, 2013