Emmett E. Gehres
Emmett E. Gehres
VAN WERT, Ohio — Emmett E. Gehres, 78, of Van Wert, died Monday afternoon, Feb. 4, 2019, in Van Wert. He was born April 13, 1940, in Mendon, Ohio, to the late Paul Gehres and the late Mildred (Fox) Siders. Emmett and his sister, Carolyn Nimtz of Fort Wayne, Indiana, were raised by their late grandparents, Emmett and Jessie Fox. On Nov. 4, 1961, he married Connie S. Fegley and she preceded him in death on April 12, 2003. He later married Cheryl Keysor Gehres and she survives of Van Wert.

He retired as general manager of Kitchen’s, Inc. in Van Wert after 40 years of service. Emmett was a very active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Van Wert, serving in many different capacities. He was a member of the National Antique Boat Society and was owner and operator of Tully Boat Shop; but most of all Emmett loved his family.

In addition to his wife, Cheryl, and sister, Carolyn, Emmett is survived by his children, Clint (Tamela) Gehres of Dayton, Ohio, Patti (Steve) Cramer of Convoy, Ohio; grandchildren, Jennifer (Justin) Brant, Kristin (fiancé: Dalton Hines) Cramer, Caleb (fiancé: Cheyenne McReynolds) Gehres; great-grandchild, Emmett Michael Brant; half brother, Kenneth Siders of Van Wert; half sister, Sheena Outland of Marion, Ohio; mother-in-law, Arlene Keysor of Van Wert; Cheryl’s children, Tom (Heather) Hitchcock of Celina, Ohio, and Brian (Tamara) Hitchcock of Van Wert; and Cheryl’s grandchildren, Cole, Ellie, Keaton, and Hunter Hitchcock.

Emmett was also preceded in death by a half brother, Dennis Siders; and a half sister, Stella Stevens.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory. The Rev. Kurt Tomlinson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 - 8 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 and one hour prior to services Friday, both at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials may be directed to Trinity United Methodist Church, Van Wert, Ohio

Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements. Online condolences may be expressed at www.alspachgearhart.com.