Clarence V. Gerlach
He was born Oct. 29, 1925, in Yale, Mich., the son of Edgar Carl and Razy (Becker) Gerlach and attended school there. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy.
On Sept. 3, 1946, he married the former Alberta M. Teets in Manistique. They made their home and raised their family on the River Road. She preceded him in death on July 26, 1978.
Clarence was employed as the locomotive operator at Inland Lime and Stone Company in Gulliver for several years. He retired after 32 years of service.
He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church of Manistique, the Manistique Air Search and Rescue, and the Schoolcraft County V.F.W. Post No. 4420 of Manistique. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, flying his own plane, riding his four-wheeler, and playing cribbage. Most importantly, he loved being with his family.
Clarence is survived by his sons, Gene (Bonnie) Gerlach of Delta, Ohio, Dale (Chris) Gerlach of Manistique, Paul (Tonni) Gerlach of Manistique; daughters, Goldia (Mark) Mattfolk of Dollar Bay, Mich., Sarah (Larry) Rosebush of Otter Lake, Mich., Pam (Donnie) Aldrich of Manistique, Bonnie (David) Hokenson of Manistique, Tina (Gary) Gould of Sturgeon Bay, Wis., Dawn (Jan) Beilfuss of Clarksville, Tenn. and Nicole (Ray) Syers of Manistique; 35 grandchildren; 51 great grandchildren; four great-great grandchildren; special friend, Leora Brown of Manistique; brother, Edwin Gerlach of Sandusky, Mich.; along with several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by a son, Clarence Gerlach; a brother, Norman Gerlach; and his sisters, Betty Lawson and Frances Weaver.
Visitation was 11 a.m. to noon, Monday, Feb. 11, at Messier-Broullire Funeral Home in Manistique. A veteran’s ritual service was held at noon at the funeral home, followed by a memorial service. Reverend David Hueter officiated. Burial will be held in the Fairview Cemetery at Manistique.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.mbfuneral.com.