David W. Gehler, 80, of Waterloo, passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Highland House.
David was born on July 19, 1938, in Johnson Creek, the son of Fred and Katherine (Gericke) Gehler. He married the love of his life, Joyce Rettschlag, on Aug. 24, 1963, at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo and the couple enjoyed 55 years of marriage. David was a member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church and Lake Ripley Country Club. In David's free time he enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, boating, snowmobiling, traveling and attending the grandkids' activities. Above all he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends and will be dearly missed by those who were blessed to have known him.
David is survived by his wife, Joyce; daughter Jan (Brian) Patrick of Sun Prairie; and son Kirk (Amy) Gehler of Waterloo; four grandchildren, Luke, Autumn, Ryan and Kaitlyn; two great-grandchildren, Michael and Matthew. He is also survived by a number of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Fred and Robert, and sisters Joan McBride and Lois Molzner.
A celebration of life for David will be held on Saturday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Waterloo with the Rev. James Adomeit presiding. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will take place at Washington Cemetery.
Memorials in David's honor to the St. John's building fund and Rainbow Hospice Care would be appreciated.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes is caring for the family. To place an online condolence please visit www.pn-fh.com.
Pederson-Nowatka Funeral Homes
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