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Gene Gebhart

Published: Monday, July 1, 2013 4:35 p.m. CDT

PRINCETON — The Rev. Gene Gebhart, 87, of  Princeton died Friday, June 28, 2013, at Perry Memorial Hospital in Princeton.

Gene was born Nov. 16, 1925, in Kidder, Mo., the son of Rollo and Nora (Creekmoore) Gebhart. He was united in marriage to Nellie Ranner on Oct. 20, 1949, in Breckenridge, Mo. She preceded him in death on May 14, 2012.

He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II in the Pacific Theatre. He was pastor of the First Christian Church of Walnut for 13 years and was also interim pastor of several churches in the area and out of state. He attended the University of Missouri at Columbia and had a doctorate degree in historical science before entering the seminary. He served churches in Watseka, Knoxville, Tenn., and Walnut.

He was a member of Walnut American Legion Post 179 and the Princeton Moose Lodge, and was active in the community.

He is survived by one son, Duane (Tina) Gebhart of Tiskilwa; one daughter, Sara (Mike) Cantwell of Bradford; 12 grandchildren, Jayce (Sarah) Miller, Luke (Cheyenne) Miller, Coy Miller, Dylan Miller, Dalton Miller, Carly Miller, Nicholas Gebhart, Garret Gebhart, Heather Gebhart, Hannah Gebhart, Summer Cantwell and Corey Gebhart; four great-grandchildren, Dustin, Nicholas, Sabry and Gage; and one niece.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife; one grandson, Eric; one brother, Joe Walker; and one nephew, Jerry Walker.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton, with the Rev. Dwight Bailey officiating.

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the chapel at the cemetery.

A memorial has been established to the First Christian Church of Princeton.

The Garland Funeral Home of Walnut is in charge of arrangements.

Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.

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