Bernard J. “Bernie” Gerber Jr., 75, of Memphis, MO passed away Tuesday evening, February 11, 2014, at home with family and friends at his side. The son of Bernard Sr. and Elizabeth Hasson Gerber he was born November 2, 1938 in Philadelphia, PA.
He attended school through the 9th grade and shortly after that he enlisted in the Marine Core for one year. He then went to work at Veinelison’s Bakery and was a baker for more than twenty years and an active member of the AFLCIO Union.
In 1961 he married Agnes Kelly and to this union three children were born. In 1985 he moved to Missouri and later on he met and married Carolyn Marbut in 1996. Together they enjoyed listening to Cardinal Baseball and watching Gaither Gospel video’s but most of all he enjoyed his children and grandchildren.
He was a member of the Pentecostal Church in Memphis since 1988 and served as door greeter there until his health declined. He especially enjoyed the church for the music and fellowship that he took
part in and also served as a camp counselor for many years.
He was preceded in death by his parents, two wives and one daughter; Kelly Ann Hofmann, in April of 2011.
Survivors include his sons; John Gerber and his wife Tina of Memphis, MO and Bernard Gerber III of Fulton, MO, step children; Bill and Keyna Johnson of Texas, Ray June of Kansas City, KS, Jeff June and his wife Annie of Davenport, IA, Edward June of Ozark, MO and Tammy Duncan of Joplin, MO, two sisters; Bernice West and her husband Pat of Philadelphia, PA and Joan Brennison of Stafford, VA, six grandchildren, Astrid Hoffman, Tara Jansen, Christoph Hofmann all of Quincy, IL, Leah Gerber, Grace Durham and Joshua Gerber all of Memphis, MO, eight step grandchildren, five great-grandchildren; Austin Dove, Juliet Render, Cadence Jenson, Robbie Jenson of Quincy, IL and Carlynn Durham of Memphis, MO, son-in-law; Merle Hofmann of Quincy, IL, nieces, nephews and a host of friends.
Memorials are suggested to the family for the final expenses and can be left at or mailed to the Payne Funeral Chapel, 202 E. Madison St. Memphis, MO 63555.Visitation
Friday from 12 to 8 p.m. Family Hour 6 to 8
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11:00 A.M. Saturday, Feb. 15, 2012 at the Payne Funeral Chapel in Memphis
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To the family for the final expenses % of the funeral home