Milton F. Gerber, 94, of Hooppole, died Monday, July 16, 2012, with his wife by his side, at the Kewanee Care Home. Funeral services celebrating his life were held Thursday, July 19, at Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, Hooppole. The Rev. David T. Bailey and the Rev. Dennis Bus officiated. Burial was in Hooppole Cemetery. A visitation was held prior to services at the church. Memorials may be directed to the Milton Gerber Memorial Fund. Vandemore Funeral Home Ltd., Atkinson assisted the family with arrangements.
He was born on Feb. 18, 1918, on a farm near Hooppole, the son of Frank and Laura Gerber. He was the oldest of five children. He married Ferne Wolf on March 27, 1941, in Clinton,?Iowa. He farmed in the Hooppole area for 64 years, retiring in 2005 at the age of 87. He was an active member of Calvary Evangelical Congregational Church, serving more than 40 years as Sunday School superintendent, also Sunday School teacher and church trustee. He was a member of the Farm Bureau for more than 50 years. He was an avid reader and read through the Bible many times.
Survivors include his wife, Ferne; three sons and spouses, Edwin and Kay Gerber and Gary and Laura Gerber, all of Hooppole and Merle and Marcia Gerber of Moline; 10 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; a sister, Carolyn Marquis of Sycamore; a brother and spouse, Lauren and Mary Gerber of Princeton; and a sister-in-law, Betty Gerber of Garland,?Texas. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Joyce Gerber; a brother, Lowell Gerber; and a great grandson, Alexander Gerber.