John S. Gehrke, 74, Cannon Falls, died Friday, July 25, 2014 at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester.
John was born May 23, 2940 to Emil and Randi Gehrke. He was raised in Cannon Falls, graduating from Cannon Falls High School in 1958. He served in the United States Air Force from 1960-1964.
John retired from Alcoa Building Products in 2003.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Emil and Randi Gehrke; sister-in-law, Bev Gehrke; and two brothers-in-law, Fred Zellmann and Bill Hanson.
He is survived by his wife Karole; daughter, Jodee (Jeff Anderson); and son, Steven, all of Cannon Falls.
He is also survived by his granddaughter, Allison Pedersen, Hastings, and honorary grandson, Austin Odalen, Prescott, WI; brothers, Richard (Janet) and Leo, Cannon Falls; sister, Gloria Hanson, Cannon Falls; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law in Pennsylvania; and many nieces, nephews and friends.
John was an avid golfer. A reception and celebration of his life will be held at the Cannon Golf Club on Thursday, July 31, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. All family and friends are welcome.
In lieu of flowers, memorials to the Cannon Falls Food Shelf, the Cannon Falls Veterans Memorial, or the Human Society would be appreciated.