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John Theodore Gustav Gerken
Birth: Jan. 24, 1909
Ford County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jun. 3, 1973
Champaign
Champaign County
Illinois, USA

Born on a Sibley Estate farm, John was second of three children of John and Johannah Witt Gerken. John T. took over his father's Sibley Estate farm after John's death from heart disease in 1937.

On Feb. 12, 1938 he married Evelyn Sophia Steinberg. They had five children. John had been declared 4-F in the WW II draft because of heart weakness. In 1948, John left farming because of health problems and moved the family to Sibley, IL where he worked for Sibley Estate as a laborer, part of the time under the supervision of his uncle, Henry Witt.

In 1951 after Evelyn's father died, they bought the Steinberg land in northwestern Ford Co. and farmed west of Sibley till 1968. John also grew and was an agent of seed corn for Trisler Hybrid Seed Co.

The couple 'retired' to Gibson City, IL where they built a 'dream house.' John purchased more land southwest of Gibson and began farming again.

He had been baptized and confimed in St. John's Lutheran church but joined the Methodist Church at Sibley in 1947.

John T. died at Mercy Hospital of a blood clot connected to lymphoblastic cancer. 
 
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 Parents:
  Johann Gerken (1868 - 1937)
  Johanna Helena Adelgunda Witt Gerken (1886 - 1943)
 
 Spouse:
  Evelyn Sophia Steinberg Gerken (1907 - 2007)*
 
 Siblings:
  Henry Herman Gerken (1907 - 1907)*
  John Theodore Gustav Gerken (1909 - 1973)
  Bernice Margaret Augusta Gerken Hill (1914 - 1991)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Mount Hope Cemetery
Sibley
Ford County
Illinois, USA
 
Created by: Rosetta
Record added: Jul 21, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6625825
John Theodore Gustav Gerken
Added by: Rosetta
 
John Theodore Gustav Gerken
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John Theodore Gustav Gerken
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- Amy Wolfe
 Added: Jul. 9, 2014
Always shining in our hearts. Happy birthday, Dad.
- Rosetta
 Added: Jan. 24, 2013
Are some of these left over from the "find of '38"? Merry Christmas, Dad, with love.
- Your children
 Added: Dec. 22, 2004
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