|Birth: ||Sep. 8, 1863|
|Death: ||Oct. 28, 1929|
Gerber.- Bishop Samuel Gerber, son of Jacob and Catherine (Roop) Gerber was born near Carlock, Ill., Sept. 8, 1863; and passed away at his home near Groveland, Ill., Oct. 28, 1929; aged 66 y. 1 m. 20 d. On Dec. 30, 1886, he was united in marriage with Magdalena Sears of Tiskilwa, Ill.
He leaves to mourn his sudden departure his lifelong companion, two sons, and three daughters (Rosa Gerber, Mrs. Martha Wubben, O. J. Gerber, M. S. Gerber, and Mrs. Ruth King); also 8 grandchildren, 4 brothers (one brother preceding him in death), and a host of relatives and friends.
His father and mother preceded him in death. When he was but four months old, his father was accidentally killed.
Later he and his mother moved to near Tremont, where he grew to manhood. Death came to him very suddenly- but we believe not unexpectedly, as he would often talk to those about him telling them that his time was short here in this life. And he often expressed a desire to go and meet his God.
In his early life he accepted Christ as his Savior, uniting with the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near Tremont, where on May 2, 1897, he was ordained to the ministry. Fourteen years later, on May 21, 1911, he was ordained bishop. During his 32 years of service as minister and bishop he officiated at 38 marriages, many funeral services, baptized 362 converts, and ordained two bishops and four ministers. His greatest concern was for the welfare of the Church. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints."
Funeral services which were largely attended, were held at the Pleasant Grove Mennonite Church near Tremont, in charge of the brethren, Sanford C. Yoder, of Goshen, Ind., and J. D. Hartzler, of Flanagan, Ill. Texts, Ezek. 24:15-19; Rev. 14:13. Interment in adjoining cemetery.
Jacob Gerber (1837 - 1864)
Catherine Ropp Gerber (1843 - 1907)
Magdalena Sears Gerber (1888 - 1930)
Rosa Gerber (1888 - 1970)*
Martha F Gerber Wubben (1891 - 1982)*
Otto J Gerber (1894 - 1934)*
Menno S Gerber (1900 - 1988)*
Ruth Mae Gerber King (1908 - 1998)*
Samuel Gerber (1863 - 1929)
William Ropp (1866 - 1935)**
Asa Ropp (1870 - 1959)**
Ithiel Ropp (1873 - ____)**
Alvin K Ropp (1878 - 1973)**
Arthur Ropp (1881 - 1910)**
Pleasant Grove Mennonite Cemetery
Created by: Alvin Oglesby
Record added: Aug 21, 2009
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