Thomas W. "Tim" Gehret

Date of Death: 7/26/2017

Thomas W. “Tim”  Gehret

May 7, 1930-July 26, 2017

Thomas W. "Tim" Gehret, 87, Hollidaysburg, passed away on Wednesday at the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.  He was born in Altoona, son of the late Wilber Floyd and Helen (Hollern) Gehret.

He is survived by his wife, Annabelle (Rock); three sons:  Thomas, Robert and David Gehret; two daughters:  Jane Cristia and Patricia Onsurez; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; his only brother, Patrick Gehret; one niece, Amy Dodd and three nephews: Steve, Michael and Daniel Gehret.

Tim grew up in Altoona, and was a graduate of Altoona High School.  After high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marines with subsequent enlistments in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force.  After over 20 years of service he retired from the Air Force at the rank of Master Sergeant.  While in the Navy he proudly served his country during the Korean War with a Navy Underwater Demolition Team.  He was the recipient of the WW II Victory Medal, Korean Service Medal, China Service Medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Five Bronze Stars and a Presidential Commendation.

He also was a graduate of the University of Nebraska.  He graduated from the university with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.  After military retirement, he worked at Puritan as a Personnel Analyst.  Subsequently, he retired as the Director of Human Resource and Management from Blair County Valley View home.

Tim was a long-time member of St. Catherine’s of Sienna Catholic Church in Duncansville.  He was a member of the VFW, American Legion and a member and commander of the Catholic War Veterans.  He was a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, serving as commander of DAV Chapter 34, commander of DAV District 7 and DAV State Chaplain. Tim was a loving and generous father and grandfather.

Friends will be received from 9:30 to 10:30 am, Monday, July 31, 2017, at E. Merrill Smith Funeral Home, Inc., 2309 Broad Ave., Altoona, PA 16601.  A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11:00 am, Monday July 31, 2017, at St. Catherine of Sienna Catholic Church, Duncansville, Monsignor Robert Saly celebrant.  Committal will be at Alto Reste Cemetery.

Donations in Tim’s name may be made payable to the James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, 2907 Pleasant Valley Blvd., Altoona, PA  16602.

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