|Birth: ||Feb. 14, 1912|
|Death: ||Apr. 23, 2003|
As taken from the Linclon Daily News:
Albert E. Gehlbach, 91, of Lincoln died Wednesday, April 23, 2003, at 10:45 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.
Visitation was Friday evening and his funeral was Saturday morning at the church. The Rev. Richard Reinwald officiated.
Burial was in New Union Cemetery, Lincoln.
Mr. Gehlbach was engaged in farming and specialized in pork production.
He was born Feb. 14, 1912, in Chester Township, Logan County, to Adolph and Katherine Brautigam Gehlbach. He was the last of his immediate family and was preceded in death by four brothers and three sisters: Harry, Erwin, George and Melvin Gehlbach and Mabel Paulus, Lorene Kendall and Mildred Meinershagen.
He grew up on the family farm near Lincoln. After graduating from high school in Lincoln in 1930, he and his brother George started one of the first commercial turkey farms in Illinois. In 1938 he began farming the home farm and later specialized in pork production.
He built his own shelled corn dryer in 1946, before commercial dryers were available. He was one of the first to use slotted floors in confinement buildings and developed Gehlbach Pour-N-Place forms for pouring the floors.
He helped organize the Logan County Pork Producers Association and was president of the Illinois Swine Herd Improvement Association and National Pork Producers Council. He was a director on the National Livestock and Meat Board.
He received the National Hog Farmer Award for Outstanding Service to the Pork Industry, the Ford Motor Company Farm Efficiency Award and the Prairie Farmer Master Farmer Award. He was named to the Pork Industry Hall of Fame in 1986 by the National Pork Producers Council.
He was also president of the Logan County Extension Council, president of Logan County Agricultural Toastmasters Club, president of the board of education for Lincoln Community High School, a member of the Regional Board of School Trustees and a member of Kiwanis.
He was named Courier Man of the Month in 1965.
He was a member of St. John United Church of Christ and served as president of the church council.
Memorials may be made to his church.
Adolph F. Gehlbach (1872 - 1946)
Katherine W. Brautigam Gehlbach (1876 - 1966)
Frances Garton Gehlbach (1916 - 2012)*
GEHLBACH F. IOLA 1916 - (no death date) ALBERT E. 1912 - 2003
New Union Cemetery
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