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Donald “Papaw” Cletus Gerling

Date of Death: October 16, 2022
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Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington, VA

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Donald “Papaw” Gerling, 86, passed away peacefully in his home in Winchester, VA, on Sunday, October 16, 2022. Don was born in Boonville, Missouri in 1936, son of the late Cletus and Ann Gerling. He left Missouri in September of 1954, enlisting in the United States Navy, where he served honorably for 21 years acrossContinue Reading

Teresa left a message on October 27, 2022:
Dad, I love you and will miss you! The proudest day of my life is when you hugged me and cried at my graduation! I know you are with your parents and sisters and can now walk without pain.
Donnelle Gerling left a message on October 24, 2022:
Rest in Peace, Dad. I am sorry there was not additional peace in your later years of life. Families are complicated, and ours certainly was. But we know you were there for us, throughout our lives, and did the absolute best you could. Sending my love, Donnelle (Nell)
Fred Justice left a message on October 22, 2022:
RIP Don...you are one of my best friends...
Nelda Minor left a message on October 21, 2022:
My sincere sympathy to all of Donald C. Gerling’s Family and friends. Nelda Minor (Lynda Cole’s mother-in-law).
Ted Horst. left a message on October 21, 2022:
Donnie's mother was my dad's sister. His father was my mother's brother. I don't know if being double cousins has anything to do with it or not, but put Donnie, Betty Ann and Jeannie in a room together and you wouldn't get out without sore stomach muscles from laughing. Growing up, I never saw Donnie in any other clothing other than a navy uniform. Army uniformed soldiers came through Pilot Grove all the time, but sailors were watched carefully as they passed. I too always thought him special. I traded emails with Donnie over the years. He closed with "Happy Trails". Indeed.
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Debbie Gerling left a message on October 21, 2022:
We miss you already dad...we don't have anyone to answer our questions anymore...may you rest in peace until we meet again, Love, Fred and Deb
Randy Malick left a message on October 21, 2022:
I’m deeply sorry for you loss and I wish for peace in your hearts through this time. Don was always a great person to me and my family. I know he has found peace and comfort being plucked from his pain in this world “For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted.” –Ecclesiastes 3:1-2 R.I.P Don
Lynda Cole left a message on October 21, 2022:
So sorry for the family’s loss. Uncle Donnie was a good man who shared so many of his stories with me in his final weeks. Those are memories that will be with me forever. He is with his sisters and parents now and enjoying good health. I am blessed to have known him.
Jaime left a message on October 21, 2022:
Papaw, I am heartbroken that I didn’t get the chance to say a proper goodbye, and especially sad that you did not get to meet your great granddaughter Shilo Jaymes. I loved you and I always will, so much. No matter what papaw, I’ll always hold our memories in my heart. I am so glad we got the chance to form the special bond we had. Love you always paps. Your granddaughter, Jaime Lynne🥹❤️
Lynz left a message on October 21, 2022:
This man was my grandfather… as above “my papaw”.. an amazing, very large, determined hard headed man. A man that lived a very long and meaningful life. Papaw saw tons of places and things, had a very large family along the way. He had also been through quite a few challenges same time. He loved his family whole heartedly and the best way he knew how. He loved his grandchildren and great grandchildren and he felt enough fulfilled he was ready to go when he did. It still left an emptiness of course in the hearts and souls of those he left behind. He will be missed greatly and remembered even more. His memory will live on through us all until we meet again. I love you papaw and I’ll forever remember our special times together and our little ways we had to build our bond. I’ll keep your memory alive through my own children and family. Love you so much and miss you even more! Until we meet again… love “Lynz”
Deb left a message on October 21, 2022:
In memory of Donald “Papaw” Cletus Gerling, Deb lit a candle
Debbie Gerling left a message on October 21, 2022:
I miss you so much dad. I have no one to ask anymore....rest in peace dad, and I will look for you when I get there...
Omps Funeral Home left a message:
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