DR. WESLEY GERIG
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DR. WESLEY GERIG, 88, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Ashton Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center. Wes graduated from South Side High School in 1948 and Fort Wayne Bible College in 1951. He received advanced degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Iowa. From 1957 until 2008, Dr. Wes taught Bible, theology, and biblical languages at Fort Wayne Bible College, which later became Taylor University Fort Wayne. He also preached as interim pastor at several local churches, in addition to many camps, conferences, and congregations throughout the U.S.A. and around the world. A devoted Christ follower and passionate scholar of the Bible, he was one of the original translators of the New International Version (NIV). He is survived by his four children, Jeanne (Tim) Johnson, John (Julie) Gerig, Jeff (Jean) Gerig, and Jerry (Laura) Gerig; 13 grandchildren; sister, Gwen (Art) Riewald; and brother, Bill (Joyce) Gerig. He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Carolyn Gerig; and parents, Dr. and Mrs. Jared and Mildred Gerig. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at First Missionary Church 701 W. Rudisill Blvd., with viewing one hour prior from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Visitation also from 3 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at D.O. McComb & Sons Foster Park Funeral Home, 6301 Fairfield Ave. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to World Partners of the Missionary Church (Specify "MEM146"), PO 9333, Fort Wayne, IN 46899; or to the Fort Wayne Alumni Center, 3901 South Wayne Ave., Fort Wayne, IN 46807 for the establishment of a Taylor University memorial student scholarship. To sign the online guestbook, please visit www.domccombandsons.com

Published by Fort Wayne Newspapers on Jun. 11, 2019.
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6301 Fairfield Ave., Fort Wayne, IN
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First Missionary Church
701 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN
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First Missionary Church
701 W. Rudisill Blvd., Fort Wayne, IN
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I met Dr Wes back in 1980. I was a student of his that took as many classes as I could of his. He has had a huge impact on my life. There is almost never a day goes by that I dont rely on something that I learned under his wise teaching. So practical and doctrinally accurate. I look forward to seeing him in heaven!!
Robert Lucas
Student
June 5, 2020
We are so sorry we could not be there o expresss our condolences personally. With a granddaughter's wedding, hosting family from out of state, and physical issues, we regret we could not attend either the calling or funeral. Cherished memories go back well over 50 years when Dt. Wes was teaching the Pathfinder's SS Class at FMC. In naming the class, Pathfinders was used for lack of a "better" name and it stuck all this time! Also, memories of playing in a trumpet trio at FMC with Wes and Jim Laymon years back. I also recall Wes coming to denominational hqs. to make copies of the monthly Gerig newsletter and giving him many overseas stamps from missionaries. Needless to say, we rejoice with you that Wes is now with the Lord and we who remain behind are all better people because of Wes' influence on our lives.
Dave and SHaron vonGunten
Family Friend
June 18, 2019
I had the privilege to sit under Dr. Wes' teaching at FWBC in the 1980's. He was such a Godly man and there is not a day that goes by that I don't use something that he taught me. I know he is now basking in the Masters presence hearing "well done, good and faithful servant". I'm so thankful that I could clean from him.
Robert Lucas
June 15, 2019
I had the privilege to sit under Dr. Wes' teaching at FWBC in the 1980's. He was such a Godly man and there is not a day that goes by that I don't use something that he taught me. I know he is now basking in the Masters presence hearing "well done, good and faithful servant". I'm so thankful that I could clean from him.
Robert Lucas
June 15, 2019
My heart is sadden by his passing..but I rejoice with His Spirit...So glad your free from the life that held you back..now free to love and serve as you long too, with your loving wife.
Lisa Vanderleest
Student
June 14, 2019
We were so sorry to miss the viewing and funeral but work and family obligations kept us from coming. We are so sorry about your father, and we extend our sincere sympathies. We were blessed to have known him.
Bill & Karla Rieth
Friend
June 14, 2019
We thank God for Dr. Wes's life and example, truly a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Our hearts and prayers are with the Gerig family.
Tim and Ruth Stuck
June 13, 2019
To the Gerig Family - I express my sympathy to you. I'm praying God's grace and comfort and peace. At the same time, I rejoice in that Wes is in the glorious presence of our Savior Jesus Christ. He has heard from Jesus those special words - "Well done, my good and faithful servant!"

Dr. Wes touched my life in many ways. He was one of my favorite profs at Taylor FW. He had such a passion for the Lord and a passion for the Holy Scriptures. It was contagious. It was compelling. It was powerful. His example stirred in my heart those same passions.

I will always count it an honor to sit under his teaching. He had such a gift in making the scriptures come alive. And even more so, in applying its meaning to our everyday lives. He leaves a rich, godly legacy for us all.

May your hearts be filled to overflowing with God's peace.
Kent Norr
Student
June 13, 2019
Due to present health issues we are sending our "Sympathy' to the very dear Gerig family.
Wes, was a God like mentor, pastor (an interim at Harvester Ave. Miss. Church for 11 yrs.), assisted in the marriage of our children, and faithfully prayed for our son Gene (Bub) after his stroke.


We rejoice in Wes's home going but we will miss a faithful servant of the Lord!


Indebted friends,

Duwain & Mary Ann Meyers
Duwain & Mary Ann Meyers
June 13, 2019
Dad & Mom Ringenberg preached @ Cleveland Missionary Church after Dr. and Mrs. Jared and Mildred Gerig were there. He has many fond memories of Dr. Wes and family. Our families were close. Randy & I were privileged to minister under Dr. Wes and Rev. Max Wanner with the Youth & Bible Quizz Team @ Harvester Ave. Missionary Church in the early 80's. He dedicated our firstborn, Jennifer Marie Nigh. Her husband, Rev. Matt Gaylor Co-Pastors a church, " N-Spire " in Indianapolis, In.
yvonne nigh
June 13, 2019
Heaven has welcomed a wonderful man and scholar
John McMindes
June 13, 2019
My deepest sympathies to all family members. His service has been appreciated by many. Theology classes were challenging and life changing. So fortunate to have had him as a professor.
Susan Etzcorn
Student
June 12, 2019
I, Linda Perkins Smith, was in a trio with Sally (Carr) Hall and Jan (Schumacher) Logan in 1965-66 and traveled with Dr Wes to churches on the week-ends. I was called "Perk" because there were 7 Lindas in my dorm, Providence Hall, when I went to FWBC in 1964. Dr Wes ALWAYS called me "Perky" rather than "Perk." That was special to me! Loved that man!! Blessings on you all as you remember him and as others share how HE was a blessing to us!!

PERKY
Linda Smith
Friend
June 12, 2019
May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, comfort you in this loss.

Dr. Wes was convinced of his beliefs, combative toward opposing viewpoints, compelling in his teaching, constant in work and prayer, consistent in lifestyle, content with his role, concerned for his students, cordial with his colleagues, compassionate toward the lost and needy, committed to his family, conscious of God's mercy and constrained by Christ's love.

Dr. Wes loved alliteration! And music. He collected stamps from all over the world, especially places where former students were carrying out the command to make obedient disciples: "And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others."
Dave and Lolly Erdel
June 12, 2019
Thank you Dr. Wes for your many years of service to the Lord at the Fort Wayne Bible College and our community. I (Annette) grew up at First Missionary Church from age 5 and our family always appreciated it so much when you would share what the Lord laid on your heart. We enjoyed hearing you play the trumpet too. We have many special memories and moments to treasure in our hearts.

Dr. Lowell and Annette Becker
Annette Becker
Friend
June 12, 2019
So sorry for your loss but rejoicing in his greeting with Jesus! He was a wonderful man and made my 27years at Fort Wayne Bible, Summit Christian, and Taylor a much more Christ-filled environment. Praying for the family.
Linda Newman
Coworker
June 12, 2019
Jeanne, John, Jeff and Jerry,

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, but know that he is rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and Savior. His life has touched so many others for the purpose of Christ. I know that my grandparents and parents had the greatest amount of respect for him and your mother. His passing will leave a hole in your families, but also a tremendous legacy to follow. May the Lord comfort and bless you during this time.

Tim and Connie Welty
Tim Welty
Family Friend
June 12, 2019
Dr. Wes was truly a treasure from God. He was one of the rare people that God places in our lives that have the unshakable faith: "O faith, that will not let me go..." He inspired many through his love of God and Christ, and his love of the Scriptures. His heart was warm with the love of Jesus, and he shared it with so many. He will truly be missed, but his legacy will live on in the thousands who he befriended and brought under his wing to guide and direct in serving our Lord and Savior. I am honored and privileged in so many ways to have known him, and extremely blessed by his faithfulness to God's word. I praise God for your life and testimony, Dr. Wes.
Rhonda Berkemeier
Student
June 12, 2019
My prayers are with you & my deepest sympathy. I love you.
Betty Kiningham
Family Friend
June 12, 2019
Thank you, Dr Wes, for standing firm on God's Word and teaching with passion and compassion! You taught and showed me how important it is to walk with the LORD and in His Word. I know you are in His presence and I look forward to seeing you again in Heaven. My deepest sympathy to the family! My prayers are with you. I wish I could be there for the funeral! Love, Lisa
Lisa Sprunger Nickel
Student
June 11, 2019
I learned so much under Dr. Wes, I cannot imagine where I would be today without his influence in my life. Jeanne and John and the rest of your family will be in my prayers. I am sure that Dr. Wes is celebrating in heaven today.
Larry Rogers
Student
June 11, 2019
We had not spoken to Dr. Wes in years. He taught a SS class that we visited. We were blessed that he remembered us and was so very gracious as we spoke with him. He was a true man of God and an example of Christ to everyone. Our prayers are for comfort for the family that he do clearly loved.
Paul and Judi Shisler
Student
June 11, 2019
Almost as much as I loved his teaching, I loved his stories of his grandmother and their relationship. This same godly heritage has been passed on to you, his family, and I pray that each of you in his or her own way will pass it on to your progeny as well. May the God of all comfort surround you with His peace, love, and even joy as you walk the path of grieving.
Cathy Schrock
June 11, 2019
Love and prayers today and the days ahead. Heaven is sure sweeter. I loved your parents. I learned so much from not only Dr Wes's class but his life and love for Mary Carolyn. What a heritage! What a legacy! Much love and prayers.
Shellie Kale-Burden
Student
June 11, 2019
You were a blessing And truly used of God . Well done good and faithful servant
Karen Whitman
Student
June 11, 2019
A much-loved man of God whom God used to touch so many lives including ours. The interim pastoral time he spent at First Missionary Church in Berne was a blessed time for us and for the church. He rejoices with Jesus!
Max & Cathy Haines
June 11, 2019
I will never forget his influence on my Christian life and growth in studying the Word. He was a inspirational light as he pastored at Grace Church.
Helen Elaine Hackett
June 11, 2019
One of the most Godly men I have ever had the privilege of learning from. A great defender of God's Word. He earned my utmost respect. Last time we met he gave me a copy of his Doctoral Thesis which I value highly. The body of CHRIST was enriched by his life. He will be truly missed.
Arthur Hauser
June 11, 2019
I never got good grades in his class but when I came to him one on one he showed such compassion. He will be missed by many and me. Prayers for your family during this time of loss.
Bethann Darling
Student
June 11, 2019
Dr. Wes was one of my earliest acquaintances as a boy of the Missionary Church and FWBC As he and his wife were guest in our home for Sunday dinner. Later he was my teacher at FWBC for which I am grateful for his teaching and example of a godly follower of Christ. My wife also, a better student, enjoyed his theology and Romans classes as well. May the Lord give you peace and comfort as you grieve your lose as your father is finally home with His Savior and Lord.
In Christ's love & prayers,
Earl ('68) & Cheryl (Roth) ('68) Cecil
Earl Cecil
Student
June 11, 2019
Gerig family, Thank You so much for continually sharing your dad and grandfather with thousands of students. I was also privileged to have him be my pastor. His true example of a Christ follower is one I will never forget. Love in Christ Carol Goldsmith
Carol Goldsmith
Student
June 11, 2019
My fondest memories of Dr. Wes are not of the grades that I earned in his courses, but of the four and a half years I played in the 'Bible College Band'. His God given musical talent still inspires me today. I cannot listen to Leroy Anderson's 'Sleigh Ride' or 'Bugler's Holiday' without thinking of Dr. Wes. My prayers are for comfort to surround and fill his family and all who mourn the loss of this Godly man.
Dan Herr
June 11, 2019
To the children and relatives of Dr. Wes, I wanted to express my condolences that he is now gone from this life, but my happiness that he is united forever with Mary Carolyn and his parents. And that we all, of faith, will see him again in our reunion at the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. His was a consequential life for God and his legacy will continue for a long time in the lives he impacted for Christ.
Eric Hostetler
June 11, 2019
Dr. Wes exemplified the love of God in Christ Jesus. Our condolences to his wonderful family.
Mert Pekrul
Student
June 11, 2019
Dr. Wes was such an engaging, solid Bible teacher. The truths that he taught me still come to mind and continue to point me to Christ. He was a remarkable man of God, and I'm grateful I was a student under his teaching.
Vivian Haney
Student
June 11, 2019
It has been wonderful for me as I've visited Wes these past few years. His love for our Lord Jesus and his devotion to study and sharing the Word were a great example to me. Even when his memory began to falter towards the end, his recall of scripture was as clear as ever. I will miss him and his kind heart.
Laura McKee McKee
Friend
June 11, 2019
a loved one
June 11, 2019
I was privileged to be on staff when Dr. Wes served an interim pastorate at First Missionary Church in Berne over 40 years ago. Wonderful memories of his excellent teaching/preaching that was so inspiring, challenging and easy to follow. Loved his sermon outlines and his excellence in "trumpeteering" as well. Truly a great model of devotion to Christ and being used to build the Kingdom.

Jim D'Arcy
Marlette, MI
Jim D'Arcy
Coworker
June 10, 2019
I was a student at Fort Wayne Bible College where Dr. Wes Gerig taught my theology and Bible courses. He and his family made me feel accepted. Blessings to the family!
David,Dawn, and Rebecca Fansler
Student
June 10, 2019
Dr. Wes, as he was affectionately known, was my Bible & theology professor at Fort Wayne Bible College and my pastor for many years at Harvester Missionary Church.
Most importantly, however, he was a great friend. We were privileged to have Dr. Wes dedicate our three children to the Lord. In spite of an always more-than-full schedule, Dr. Wes always made time for me which was especially important as a brand-new Christian with a million questions when I started at FWBC. Dr. Wes practiced what he preached in his personal life and took his relationship with the Lord very seriously. It was a high honor to sit under his godly tutelage and simply sit and talk with him as a friend. My deepest condolences to the family
Jeff Pepple
Friend
June 10, 2019
Thinking of you, John & Julie and praying that our Lord will continue to comfort you
DeLora Fennig
Friend
June 10, 2019
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