William R. Gerber. Sr.
Date of Death - March 18, 2011
William Richard Gerber, Sr., age 82, of Shelocta, died Friday, March 18, 2011 at his home. The family wishes to acknowledge and thank Asera Care, especially Pam Stump who's loving care was appreciated. He was born in 1928 in Moss Creek, to William H. and Geraldine Griffith Gerber. Mr. Gerber was a member of the Ernest Bible Church. A veteran of WW II, he served in the US Army. He was employed as a coal miner for the R & P Coal Co. and the Helen Mining Co. for 39 years. He was also a self-employed farmer. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, and camping. He was a long time host at Clear Creek State Park Campgrounds, and also served as a trustee for the Union Cemetery. He is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Cribbs and husband James, Shelocta; Carol Hinton and husband John, Indiana; Jean Fancella and husband John, Shelocta; six grandchildren, Kevin Cribbs and wife Danielle; BethAnn Linder and husband Matt; John Fancella, OH; Michael Cribbs and Melissa; David Jamison and wife Kirstan; Bryan Fancella and wife Stacy; 14 great grandchildren, Andy, Josh, Andrew, Jared, Tony, Chris, Brandon, Ben, Zach, Nathan, Ashly, Adam, Joselle, and Bella; two brothers and two sisters, Thomas Gerber and wife Shirley, Ernest; Robert Gerber and wife Mary, Sigel; Dorothy George and husband Bill, Shelocta; Donna Genetto and husband Tony, Apollo; numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, by his wife Anna Byers Gerber in 2003, and by his son William R. Gerber, Jr. in 2009. Friends will be received on Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 P.M. at the Bowser-Minich Funeral Home, Indiana, where a funeral service will be held Tuesday at 11 A.M. with Pastor John Sykes officiating. Interment will be made in the Union Cemetery, Shelocta.


David Jamison

To my Family, I am relieved his suffering is over and can finally rest in peace with Granny and Bill. For Pap, I can hardly recount a childhood memory without you in it. You represented honesty, strength, discipline, sacrifice and above all, life. I was indestructible in your presence and inspired by your wisdom and experience. I am undeniably a better man today because of the man I called “Pap” I pray you are at peace David Jamison

Linda McCullough Rodkey

Jeannie n family - i am so sorry to hear about the loss of your father. i will keep all of you in my prayers. if you need anything, give me a call. Linda

Bobbie Harvey

Jean: I was so sorry to hear of your Dad's passing. I wish there was something to say to ease your pain. Just know that I will keep you and your family in my prayers. On a side note, I miss seeing you at Walmart. Take care and just imagine the hug I'm sending you. Bobbie

Sally Weimer

Dear Gerber Family, Please accept my condolences on the passing of your dear one. It seems that when the enemy death strikes, our grief can be great, even though we hope in the resurrection promised by Almighty God. Because we have confidence in the resurrection, our sorrow does not have to be unrelenting. Almighty God has not only the power but also the desire to resurrect our dear loved ones. Jesus Christ himself said: “Do not marvel at this, because the hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.”—John 5:28, 29 It is my wish that you might draw strength from the promises of God contained in his Word. God himself promises that “he himself will sustain you.”—Psalm 55:22 I would like to send you a copy of some comforting words that helped me through the recent death of my dear sister. Please feel free to contact me at saweimer@auxmail.iup.edu.

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