|Bruce E. Gehring, 94, of rural Port Byron, IL, formerly of Oneida, IL, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2010 at Hillcrest Home, Geneseo.
Services will be at 11:00 AM Saturday, May 8th at the First United Methodist Church, 9412 228th Street N., Port Byron. Visitation will be for one hour prior to the service at the church. Graveside services will be at 2:30 PM Saturday at the Oneida Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church.
Bruce was born September 1, 1915 in Galesburg, Illinois to George and Mable Hannam Gehring. He married Ruth Amy Harmison in November 1940. She preceded him in death in 1960. He married Helen Wiltamuth Andrews in March 1961.
He was a graduate of Oneida High School, and farmed in rural Oneida until 1964. They then moved to rural East Moline where over the years he did some farming, mowed lawns for Hampton Forest Preserve Park, worked for Mississippi Valley Dairy, measured land and did sheep inspection for the government. He enjoyed clerk sales for auctioneer Boots Knapp and salesman for Sieben Seed Corn, Geneseo.
Residing in rural Port Byron since 2007, he was a member of the First United Methodist Church, Port Byron, which he helped build. He was a former member of the Oneida Masonic Lodge.
Bruce was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Cleo Calhoun and a brother, Russell Gehring. Survivors include his wife; his children, Sherry (Rollin) Swanson, Rio, Sandy (Bill) Snyder, Oneida, Gary (Marlene) Gehring, Galesburg, Louise (Earl) Nelson, Orion; step children, Stephen (Sue) Andrews, East Moline, Greg (Ann) Andrews, East Moline, Sanchia (Randy) Anderson, Aurora, CO; 10 grandchildren; 25 great grandchildren; 5 step grandchildren; 4 step great grandchildren and a sister, Jean Maze, Rockford.
Arrangements are being handled by Gibson Funeral Home, Port Byron.