Elmer F. Gerish

  • Died: June 29, 2017
  • Location: Kawkawlin, Michigan

Penzien-Steele Funeral Home

608 N. Madison Avenue
Bay City, MI 48708

Tel. (989) 892-8531

Tribute & Message From The Family

Elmer Frank Gerish was born in Bay City, MI on December 28, 1921 to the late Frank and Lydia (Schnell) Gerish. He passed away at Huron Woods Nursing Home on June 29, 2017 to join his wife on which would have been their seventy-first anniversary. Elmer served in the U.S. Army during World War II and was a member of V.F.W. Post 6950 in Kawkawlin. He was a member of the North Euclid Church of God and low vision. Elmer retired from Means Manufacturing in Vassar.
Elmer married Ruth Densmore on June 29, 1946 and she preceded him in death on November 5, 2015. Survivors include his son Mike (Barb) Gerish and daughter Denise Gerish, his grandchildren: Zac, Sandra, Shawna (John), great grandchildren: Zoe Ruth and Everett, his brother Bob (Betty) Gerish. He was preceded in death by a daughter Suzanne Gerish, a brother Ray Gerish, a sister Dorothy and a granddaughter-in-law April Gerish.
Elmer enjoyed archery, hunting, fishing, bowling and wood carving as well as trailer camping and traveling to Florida in the winter.
Funeral and committal service will be Monday, July3, 2017 at the North Euclid Church of God at 2 p.m. Pastor Brad Windlan will officiate. Private burial will be at Oak Ridge Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to his church. Visiting hours will be Sunday from 4 to 8 at Penzien-Steele Funeral Home where Military Rites will take place at 5 p.m. He will lie in state at the church on Monday from 1 p.m. until service time.
The family wishes to thank the staff at Huron Woods for their compassionate care.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Our condolences Mike, Denise and family on the loss of your Dad. Mike you photographed our wedding in 1989, and Denise you knew"Respiratory Bob" forever....Sincerely, Bob & Shirley Villaire

Posted by Robert Villaire - Prescott, AZ - Acquaintance   July 03, 2017

Gerish Family, My sincere condolences on Elmer's passing. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. I met Elmer, Ruth, and Denise at the Walleye for Warriors event. I had the pleasure of fishing with him at the events and at my home port of Au Gres. I'm smiling through a few tears because of Elmer's long life, and the way that God chose to take him home. Elmer and Ruth got to celebrate their anniversary in heaven. God Bless.

Posted by Frank Jastrzembowski - Tawas City, MI - Friend   June 30, 2017

So sorry to hear about Elmer passing. I salute you Elmer brother Veteran! Elmer it was such an honor to have you attend Walleyes for Warriors each year. Will surely miss you sir. God Bless you and one last time to you THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE FOR OUR COUNTRY! Nels Larsen founder Walleyes for Warriors

Posted by Nels Larsen - Midland, MI - Friend   June 30, 2017