Charles William Gere Jr.
1936 - 2018
Charles "Bill" William Gere Jr., 81 yrs, of Ida, MI, died Thursday March 29, 2018, in Toledo Hospital, OH. Friends may call on Tuesday April 3, 2018, in Capaul Funeral Home, Ida, MI, from 2-8 PM. He will lie-in-state on Wednesday April 4, 2018, from 10 AM until the services at 11AM in West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ida, MI. Rev. Emily Frank will officiate. Cremation will occur and burial of cremains will take place at a later date in Lulu Cemetery, Ida, MI.
Born December 25, 1936, in Monroe, MI. Bill was the son of Charles William and Dorothy Mary (Oberski) Gere Sr. He was a 1955 Ida High School Graduate. He married Darla Robison on November 16, 1957, in Lake Methodist Church. He worked for Davey Tree Company from 1956-1979, he also worked for McLean Trucking as a truck driver, a maintenance man for SSIHM, a boiler operator and retired as a sexton for Ida Township Cemeteries after 26 years. He was a member of West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ida, MI, active in Ida Boy Scouts Troop, member of Frenchtown Senior Center and a member of several pool leagues. He loved to go on vacations and cruises , working and cutting grass.
Survivors include: his wife Darla; a son, Douglas (Jennifer) Gere; daughters, Paula (John) Kocinski, Lisa (Dan) Brannan; sister, Terry (Wayne Goda) Benore; sister-in-law, Rose Gere; a brother-in-law, Tom (Linda) Robison; grandchildren, Phillip (Nicole) Gere, Morgan Gere, Lucas Brannan, Grant Kocinski; and great-grandchildren, Cairo Gere, Charisma Gere and Baileee Shankleton.
Memorial contributions can be made to: West Ida Immanuel Lutheran Church, Ida, MI.