Lonnie Gerlt, 89, of Nelson, died Tuesday, June 17, 2008, at The Living Center in Marshall.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday, June 20, 2008, at Campbell-Lewis Chapel in Marshall. Visitation will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home. Burial with full military rites will be held in Nelson Cemetery. Pallbearers will be Clint Gerlt, Michael Weathers, Harold W. Ray, John Matt Gerlt, Lonnie Joe Gerlt, Mike Larsen and Hollie Gerlt. Honorary pallbearers will be Lester Gerlt, Brian Gerlt, Cole Hays, Jack Daniel Weathers, Johnny Ray, Harold F. Ray II, David E. Gerlt II, Brad Gerlt and Shawn Larsen. Memorials may be made to Nelson Baptist Church. Friends may sign the online register book at www.campbell-lewis.com.
Born Dec. 3, 1918, in Fowler, he was the son of the late Lester Ellsworth Gerlt and Rachel Cornelia Sidebottom Gerlt. On Dec. 27, 1941, he married Mary Alspaw, who survives of the home. He had lived in Saline County most of his life and was in construction most of his life. He attended First Assembly of God in Marshall and Nelson Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II and enjoyed fishing and collecting American Indian arrowheads.
Additional survivors include his seven children, Patricia F. Ray of Lincoln, Lonnie S. Gerlt and his wife, Joyce M., of Jacksonville, Fla., Jesse L. Gerlt and his wife, Sandra G., of Nelson, David E. Gerlt and his wife, Mary L., of Sumter, S.C., Mary E. Larsen and her husband, Robert, of Otterville, Donna J. Weathers and her husband, Howard E., of Cole Camp and Lisa A. Hays and her husband, Gary T., of Otterville; 24 grandchildren; 49 great-grandchildren; 11 great-great-grandchildren; three sisters, Lela Bell of Anderson, Calif., Marguerite Edwards and Mary Virginia Edwards, both of the state of California; one brother, Lester "Junior" Gerlt of the state of Louisiana; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one daughter, Shirley Lee Gerlt; one son-in-law, Harold F. Ray; two sisters; and three brothers.
Additional information provided per family recompense.