Ronald Harold Gehrig, Janesville, WI

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Friday, February 12, 2016

April 27, 1937 - February 10, 2016

Ronald Harold Gehrig, age 78, a longtime resident of rural Janesville, passed away unexpectedly early Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, at his home. He was born April 27, 1937, in Medford, WI, the son of the late Herbert and Chrystal (Harden) Gehrig. Ron was a veteran of the U.S. Navy, who served as a corpsman in the Pacific. Ron earned his Bachelor of Science from UW-Stevens Point, and his Master of Science from UW-Stout. Ron owned a vocational rehabilitation company, People Power Rehabilitation Services, for many years until his retirement. He was an avid sportsman who loved fishing and hunting. He enjoyed his later years on his farm where he raised bees and kept horses and other animals. He volunteered and served on the board of SMILES, which provides therapeutic horseback riding in Darien, WI. He also volunteered at Agrace Hospice Care and with the Rock County Nutritional Program, delivering meals to homebound people. He worked as a historical interpreter at Old World Wisconsin in Eagle, WI.

Ronald is survived by his life partner for 22 years, Wendy King; his two sons, Jeffrey (Stefanie) Gehrig of Highland Park, IL, and Gregory (Alice Brandon) Gehrig of Chicago, IL; his two “step-children”, Robyn King and Alex King; his twin brother, Raymond (Audrey) Gehrig of Janesville; his two beloved grandchildren, Irene and Evelyn Gehrig, both of Highland Park, IL; and by other family and friends who all loved him and will miss him.

A Celebration of Ron’s Life and sharing of memories will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016, at the WHITCOMB-LYNCH FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, where friends may call from 1 until 3 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials in Ron’s name may be made to SMILES Therapeutic Riding Center, N2666 Cty. Hwy. K, Darien, WI, 53114, or at www.smilestherapeuticriding.org

Whitcomb-Lynch Funeral Home & Cremation Services

21 S. Austin Rd., (608)752-2444


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