The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

January 27, 2013

Arnold W. Gerken

Published 1-27-13


Enid News and Eagle

FAIRMONT — Funeral for Arnold W. Gerken, 90, of Fairmont, OK, will be 10:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 28, 2013, at Zion Lutheran Church in Fairmont, OK, with Rev Tim Dorsch officiating. Interment will follow in Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Fairmont. The family will receive friends 6-7 p.m. Sunday at Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home. The casket will not be open at the church.

Arnold was born Aug. 8, 1922, in Fairmont, the son of Peter and Emma Frickenschmidt Gerken, and passed away Jan. 25, 2013. He was a graduate of Garber High School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the United States Army. God, country and family were the most important things in his life.

He was united in marriage to Adelee Meier Sept. 8, 1942, in Enid, and she preceded him in death Jan. 31, 2007. They made their home on the family farm, where he was born and raised. He was a member of Zion Lutheran Church, VFW and American Legion. He loved to hunt and fish and was an avid baseball fan. His entire life was dedicated to farming.

Survivors include one daughter, Dian Stringer and her husband Mike of Kansas City, MO; a son, Dennis Gerken and his wife Barbara of Fairmont; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; a sister, Lucille McShane of Edmond, OK; and a dear friend, Evelyn Clodfelter of Enid. He was also preceded in death by his parents and two sisters.

Memorial contributions may be made to Lutheran Hour or Zion Lutheran Church with Ladusau-Evans Funeral Home acting as custodian of funds. Condolences may made at ladusauevans.com.

(Submitted by family)