Lester R. ‘Les’ Gerber, 86

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Lester R. “Les” Gerber, 86, died Thursday afternoon, May 5, 2022, at the Christian Care Retirement Community in Bluffton. His death follows a short illness.

Les was born on May 4, 1936 in Bluffton to Elmer and Emma Sinn Gerber. His parents preceded him in death. He married Rosemary Hartzler on June 15, 1958 in Rittman, Ohio. His wife survives Bluffton.

Les graduated from Adams Central High School. He was the founder and operator of Les Gerber Insurance Agency in Bluffton and was a licensed insurance agent for 54 years. Les was a member of the Christian Apostolic Church. He enjoyed walking and assembling puzzles and word searches and volunteering with meal delivery at the Christian Care Retirement Center.

Besides his wife, he is survived by four children: a son, Perry (Stephanie) Gerber of Craigville, and three daughters, Peggy (Derryl) Aschliman of Decatur, Jennifer (Jim) Fiechter of Bern and Lynn (Brad) Fiechter. of Bluffton. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and 33 great-grandchildren; three brothers, Donald (Mary) Gerber of Decatur, Earl (Pat) Gerber of Bluffton and Dale (Carol) Gerber of Ossian; and three sisters, Carolyn Roberts of Bluffton, Pauline (Larry) Gerber of Fort Wayne and Lois (Harry T.) Gerber of Bluffton.

In addition to his parents, Les was predeceased by two grandchildren, Stacy Fiechter and Byron Aschliman; one great-granddaughter, Corrie Anne Drayer; one sister, Kathy Clough; and three brothers, Carroll, Paul and Elmer Gerber Jr.

Services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 11 at the Eastern Christian Apostolic Church in Bluffton. Visitation will be from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 10 at the Goodwin-Cale & Harnish Memorial Chapel and Wednesday one hour before church service. Lynn Fiechter and Mark Gerber will officiate. Burial will be in the Christian Apostolic Church Cemetery.

Instead of flowers, the family would prefer memorials to be directed to Christian Care Retirement Community or Harvest Call.

Condolences online: www.goodwincaleharnish.com

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