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Merrill L. Gehlhausen, 101, Ferdinand

Merrill L. Gehlhausen, age 101, of Ferdinand, passed away at 10:22 a.m. Tuesday, December 22, 2020, at Brookside Village in Jasper.

He was born January 27, 1919, in Ferdinand, to Richard and Catherine (Zeller) Gehlhausen. He married Lucille F. Stetter on May 16, 1945, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Huntingburg.

Merrill never met a stranger. He enjoyed his children, grandchildren and friends. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and gardening.  He retired from Jasper Cabinet Company, and one of his first jobs during World War II was building airplanes in Evansville.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Lucille Gehlhausen, who passed away on March 31, 2018; one son, Fred Gehlhausen, who passed away on June 28, 2020; five brothers, Herman, Sherman, Melvin, Leander and Gerald Gehlhausen; and two sisters, Virginia Harter and Bernice Fischer.

He is survived by two sons, Stan (Cindy) Gehlhausen of Dale and Mike (Linda) Gehlhausen of Huntingburg; two daughters, Suzi (Harris) Jones of Beaufort, South Carolina and Kathie (Bob) Oser of Holland; one daughter-in-law, Cindy Gehlhausen of Huntingburg; two sisters, Bonnie (Bob) Emmert and Sister Sylvia Gehlhausen both of Ferdinand; and by 10 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services for Merrill L. Gehlhausen will be private. Burial will take place at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Father Biju Thomas will officiate the service. Nass and Son Funeral Home has been entrusted with handling the arrangements. Condolences may be shared at www.nassandson.com.

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