PRINCETON — Pastor Lauren W. Gerber, 92, of Princeton went home to be with his Lord and Savior after faithfully serving Him for over 65 years surrounded by his family who loved and adored him especially his two granddaughters, Rachel Mary and Abigail Lauren, who will dearly miss their papa.
Lauren was born July 29, 1920, in Tampico, the son of Frank and Laura (Linder) Gerber. He was united in marriage to Mary Bakalar on April 19, 1958, in Chicago.
He was a graduate of Tampico High School in 1938, he then graduated from Moody Bible Institute in Chicago in pastoral studies in 1944. Pastor Gerber earned his Doctorate in Theology from Clarksville School of Theology. He started new churches in rural Iowa and Nebraska before serving as pastor at the First Baptist Church in Bradford for 24 1/2 years. He supplied pulpits in many surrounding churches during his retirement until being placed on staff at Bunker Hill Church of God in Buda as a senior saints pastor until his health declined.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Gerber of Princeton; five daughters, Rose Marie (John) Wilson of Yelm, Wash., Debbie Pease of Princeton, Cheryl Gerber of Vernon Hills, Marilyn (Rob) Jensen of Princeton and Carol (Tom) Smith of Princeton; one son, Daniel Gerber of Princeton; numerous grandchildren, including June, Scott, Dale, Rachel and Abby; one sister, Carolyn Marquis of Sycamore; and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, June; one daughter, Ruth Ann; one son, David; two brothers, Milton Gerber and Lowell Gerber; one sister, Joyce Gerber; one brother-in-law, Melvin; and one son-in-law, Tony Pease.
Services were held Monday at the Bunker Hill Church in Buda with the Rev. Stephen Myong, the Rev. John Erickson and the Rev. Ken Wilson officiating. Burial was in Elm Lawn Memorial Park, Princeton.
Visitation was held Sunday at the church.
A memorial has been established in his memory.
The Garland Funeral Home in Walnut is in charge of arrangements.
Online condolences may be left at www.garlandfuneralhome.com.