Emmett E. Gehres, 78, of Van Wert died Monday afternoon, February 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 Ft. Wayne, Indiana, were raised by their late grandparents, Emmett and Jessie Fox. On November 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 AM on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory. Rev. Kurt Tomlinson will officiate. Burial will follow in the Convoy I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM on Thursday, February 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.