Dennis Albert GerlachAugust 4th, 2021
Dennis Albert Gerlach, was called home to be with God on July 31, 2021. He was born August 29, 1951, to Bill and June (Schenewerk) Gerlach. Born the third of eight, he was a big brother to most of them. He graduated from Jamestown C-1 school with the class of 1969. On July 28, 1979, Dennis married the love of his life, Kathy (Kirchhoff) Gerlach, and this love brought two children, Trisha (Tony) Meisenheimer and Travis Gerlach. His family filled his heart with love and joy and only grew bigger with each grandchild. Dennis littlest loves were his five grandchildren, Ginna, Olivia, Milayna and Therin Meisenheimer, and Gabe Gerlach. Dennis worked for the Union Pacific Railroad for 34 years and was creator and co-owner of Kliever Slaughter House. He enjoyed farming and took it on full time after retirement, along with his daily visits to his office at B & T with brothers and friends. In his spare time, Dennis loved to mushroom hunt, deer hunt, play pinochle cards with the 20 club and was the loudest fan at his grandkids' sporting events. Dennis loved family, friends and living life to the fullest with gatherings for any occasion and keeping up with old traditions. He is also survived by four brothers, David (Debbie) Gerlach; Donald (Sandy) Gerlach; Russell (Kathy) Gerlach; Jimmy (Amy) Gerlach all of Jamestown and two sisters, Becky Kratz of Texas, Anita Conley of Jamestown; also Virginia Kirchhoff (mother-in-law), John (Bev) Kirchhoff, Jim (Tammy) Kirchhoff (brothers-in-law) and dozens of nieces and nephews. Preceding him in death were his parents Bill and June Gerlach; sister, Billie June Gerlach; all grandparents; and father-in-law, Lewis Kirchhoff. Visitation will be on Thursday, August 5, 2021, from 4-8 p.m. at California United Church of Christ. Funeral Services will be held on Friday, August 6, 2021, at 10 a.m. at United Church of Christ, with Rev. Russell Cobb officiating. Interment will follow at Salem United Church of Christ Cemetery. Memorials are suggested to the Dennis Gerlach Memorial Fund. The funds will be distributed to support local area youth, sports and organizations. Online messages to the family may be contributed at www.windmillridgefuneralservice.com.