Fred H. Gerlach, Sr., age 72, beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and uncle, passed away peacefully on March 5, 1998 in Taylorsville.
Born September 15, 1925 in Elbing, East Prussia, a son of Otto Karl and Emile Weiss Gerlach. Emigrated to this country at age four and raised in Rochester, New York. He married his high school sweetheart, Lois Henderson, on June 1, 1946; the marriage was solemnized in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple on July 22, 1952.He proudly served in the 79th Infantry Division, 314th Infantry Battalion, in Europe during World War II, where he was wounded in action. Fred worked hard his whole life, and was very successful. He was national sales manager for the scientific division of Swift Instruments in San Jose, CA, and continued to work for Swift to the day of his death. He loved his job, enjoyed traveling, and genuinely cared for people. Music was one of his pleasures. Fred had a beautiful singing voice and was an accomplished church choir director. Fred's cooking was legendary. One of his great joys was preparing delicious meals for his family. He also loved football and photography. He was an active High Priest and served his church in many capacities. He had a special fondness for missionaries.
His greatest source of pride was being Patriarch of an extended family, where he was affectionately known as the "Big Kahuna." Because of his kindness and generosity, there are many who will eternally honor him and call him blessed.
Funeral services will be Tuesday, 11 a.m., at Taylorsville Gardens 2nd Ward, 4252 South Bennion (1905 West). Friends may call Monday, 5-8 p.m., at McDougal Funeral Home, 4330 South Redwood Road, and Tuesday at the church, 10-10:45 a.m. Interment: Valley View Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be made to the LDS Church General Missionary Fund, 50 East North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah 84150.
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