Rev. Gene Gebhart

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 married 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 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He was pastor of First Christian Church of Walnut for 13 years and also was interim pastor of several churches in the area and out of state. He served churches in Watseka, Knoxville, Tenn. and Walnut.

He is survived by one son, Duane (Tina) Gebhart of Tiskilwa; one daughter, Sara (Mike) Cantwell of Bradford; 12 grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one niece.

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

Visitation will be from 9 to 11 a.m., followed by the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the chapel at Elm Lawn Memorial Park in Princeton, with the Rev. Dwight Bailey officiating.  

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

Garland Funeral Home of Walnut is handling arrangements. Visit  www.garlandfuneralhome.com to send condolences.