Schmitz – Banks & Beals obituary – Gene A. Gerhardt, 82, Nauvoo


Gene A. Gerhardt, 82, of Niota, Illinois passed away at 8:45 p.m. September 11, 2018 at West Point Care Center in West Point, Iowa.
He was born on March 20, 1936 in Niota, Illinois, the son of Walter and Helen (Morrill) Gerhardt.

Survivors include: one son: Greg Gerhardt (wife: Rinskje “Reny” de Leeuw) of Nicholasville, Kentucky; one sister: Darlene Hartweg of Hamilton, Illinois; his former wives: Violet Gerhardt-Williams, Sherry Diaz, and Virginia Gerhardt. Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents; daughter in law: Paulette Gerhardt; sister: Bonnie; and brother: Bill Gerhardt.
He was a graduate of Nauvoo High School. He was a lifelong farmer and an avid horseman. Gene had a special talent with horses and enjoyed training and riding. He was a champion Western rider and enjoyed fishing here in the states and in Canada. Gene was affiliated with Appanoose Faith Presbyterian Church.
Gene’s body has been entrusted to Schmitz – Banks and Beals Funeral Home for cremation.
A memorial service will be held at a later date with burial at Nauvoo City Cemetery.
In lieu flowers a memorial has been established for the Brain Restoration Center in care of Greg Gerhardt of 105 Parker Lane, Nicholasville, Kentucky 40356.
Schmitz – Banks & Beals Funeral Home in Nauvoo is assisting the family with arrangements. On-line condolences to the family may be left at

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