Harry D. Gerber, 82, of Tiskilwa, passed away on Saturday, July 20, 2013, at Colonial Hall Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, Princeton.
Harry was born on June 4, 1931 in rural Dalton, Ohio, to Aldis and Sarah (Lehman) Gerber. He married Kathryn Elaine Rocke on September 3, 1955, at Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa. She survives. He taught elementary school in Lombard, Illinois, District #44 for 33 years, until retirement. He subsequently moved to Tiskilwa.
He was an active member of the Lombard Mennonite Church for 42 years and then the Willow Springs Mennonite Church for the remainder of his life. He volunteered in various settings such as PADS of DuPage County and The Closet in Princeton. He enjoyed traveling, sports, gardening, and reading.
He is survived by: His wife, Kathryn Elaine Gerber of Tiskilwa; his three children, Pamela (Phillip) Kaufmann of Tiskilwa, Bradley of Glen Ellyn and Andrea (David) Horst of Tiskilwa; 2 brothers, Orris Gerber of Dalton, Ohio, and Doyle (Betty Beane) Gerber of Navarre, Ohio; 4 sisters, Barbara Murray of Orrville, Ohio, Norma Mumaw of Freeland, Michigan, Anne (James) Rios of Brookfield, Illinois, and Karen (Walter) Thieszen of Verona, Wisconsin; 5 grandsons, Bradley and Aaron Kaufmann, Christian, Michael and Reuben Horst; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by: his parents; one brother, Herman; two brothers-in-law, Adin Murray and Leslie Mumaw ; and two sisters-in-law, Esther Gerber and Mabel Gerber.
Services will be 11 a.m. Thursday in the Willow Springs Mennonite Church , Tiskilwa with Rev. Earl Sears officiating. Interment will follow in the Willow Springs Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Fiocchi-Jensen Funeral Home, Princeton and from 10 a.m. until the time of services Thursday in the Church.
Memorials may be directed to the Willow Springs Mennonite Church, Tiskilwa, the National Alliance on Mental Health (NAMI) of DuPage County, 2100 Manchester Rd., Building B, Suite 925, Wheaton, IL. 60187, or a charity of the donor's choice.