FAIRBURY — Earl E. Gerber, 92, of Fairbury, passed away at 5:45 p.m. Saturday (Aug. 10, 2019) at his residence in Fairbury.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest with the ministers of the church officiating. Burial will be in North Apostolic Christian Cemetery, rural Forrest.

Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Duffy-Pils Memorial Home, Fairbury, and 9 to 9:45 a.m. Thursday prior to the funeral at the church in Forrest. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be directed to Fairview Haven Retirement Community, Fairbury; Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest; or OSF Hospice.

He was born June 24, 1927, in Forrest, a son to Ernest and Matilda Wanner Gerber. He married Esther Metz Sept. 23, 1951 in Forrest. His wife, Esther survives in Fairbury.

Also surviving are five children, Wayne (Carolyn) Gerber, Fairbury; Kathy (Jerry) Leman, Secor; Alan (Marcia) Gerber, Forrest; Sandra (Jim) Schneider, Fairbury; Trish (Martin) Steidinger, Fairbury; 30 grandchildren; 77 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Rosetta Stoller, Fairbury; Betty Enserink, Escondido, Calif.; one sister-in-law, Faith Gerber, Vernon, Conn.; and two brothers, Melvin (Mildred) Gerber and Everett (Nancy) Gerber, both of Ellington, Conn.

His parents and siblings, Emanuel Gerber, Margaret Fehr, Mary Lou, Donald and Ronald Gerber, and five great-grandchildren preceded him in death.

He was a member and retired minister of the Apostolic Christian Church of Forrest. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather and will be deeply missed.

A guest registry is available at www.duffypilsmemorialhome.com.

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