Henry P. Gerding
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Henry P. Gerding, 78, died at 2:12 pm Sunday, March 15, 2015 at Heritage Health. He was born February 22, 1937 in Springfield to Karl and Martha (Klein) Gerding. He married Christine A. Fosen on January 30, 1960 and she preceded him in death on October 26, 2011. Also preceding him in death were two sisters, Clara Ann Trello and Eleanor Gerding and a brother, Charles Gerding.
Surviving are three daughters, Julie (Scott) Leavey, Lori (Mark) Venegonia and Jennifer Gerding, all of Springfield; one son, Eric (Angela) Gerding of Springfield; eight grandchildren, Scott Leavey II (Christina Nation), Danielle (Joe) Crawford, Jacob and Vincent Venegonia, Benjamin Venegonia (Ashley Johnson), Luke Gerding, Eric Gerding, Jr. and Grace Gerding; two great grandsons, Hayden Gerding and Kaden Venegonia; one sister, Martha (Jim) Mayfield of Springfield; one brother, John Gerding of Springfield; brother-in-law, Mike (Debra) Fosen of Somonauk and several nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews.
Henry was a lifelong resident of Springfield. He graduated from Lanphier in 1955. He worked for Western Electric/Lucent Technologies retiring after more than 40 years of service. Mr. Gerding was a member of the Knights of Columbus. Henry loved fishing, NASCAR (#48) and family vacations in the Ozarks.
Visitation: 4 – 7 pm Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home.
Funeral Service: 9:30 am Thursday, March 19, 2015 at Staab Funeral Home with Reverend Steven Janoski officiating. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association or Memorial Home Services Hospice.