Obituary for John Andrew Gerber, Jr.

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John Andrew Gerber, Jr.

April 27, 1945 - February 4, 2017

John Andrew Gerber, Jr.

April 27, 1945-February 4, 2017

John Andrew Gerber, Junior, 71, of Columbus, Ohio passed away on February 4, 2017, at Grant Medical Center.

John was born April 27, 1945, in Saint Louis, Missouri, to Elizabeth Kathryn (Brendel) and John Gerber Senior. John was the oldest of 7 children and raised on the family farm in Bourbon, Missouri and graduated high school at Saint Francis Borgia in Washington, Missouri.  He continued his education to acquire a B.S. in Civil Engineering, a M.S. in Engineering Management and was a recipient of the Professor of Military Science award while in the ROTC. John was a veteran of the US Army and served as a 1st Lieutenant during his tour of Vietnam.  During his career he was a member of ASHRAE, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers.

John was preceded in death by his parents, step-father Raymond Mayer, sister Angela Louise Gerber, nephew Chad Gerber and great-nephew Riley Gerber. He is survived by Diana Adams Gerber, who he married on August 20, 1988, his brothers and sisters Mary (John) Edwards, Rosalie (Charlie) Bolon, Matthew Gerber, Mark (Crystal) Gerber , Lucy Diefenbach, son John Charles (Bonita) Gerber, daughter Erika (Paul) Rix, grandchildren John Gerald Gerber, Sarah (Kyle) Smith, and Joshua Gerber, great-granddaughter Daisy Smith, numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, and best friend Bud McNichols.

Along with his love of the outdoors, he had a passion for music and enjoyed playing the guitar, harmonica, and piano with family and friends. He devoted most of his time repairing and selling pianos and was known locally as “Pianoman John”.

A private memorial service with his family will be held in Missouri at a later date. Donations may be sent to a Salvation Army of your choice. John (dad) thought highly of the organization.

Joe Ballog posted on December 13, 2017

John was a friend of mine in high school. He was a great guy and I often think of him although I haven't seen him in many years. My deepest sympathy to his family and loved ones.


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