Allan “Al” G. Gerling

April 3, 1937 - June 5, 2021

04/03/1937 - 06/05/2021

Allan (Al) Gregory Gerling, age 84, of Wheeling, West Virginia, passed away Saturday, June 5, 2021. He died peacefully in his sleep, surrounded by his family. Al was born in Mason City, Iowa on April 3, 1937 to his parents, Walter Mayer and Mary Leona Orill Gerling. He graduated from Fairfield High School, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree from Parsons University, both in Fairfield, Iowa. He served in the Iowa National Guard from 1953 to 1962, where he played trombone in the Guard marching band. After graduating college in 1960, he worked as an accountant at Fairfield Glove Company in Iowa and then transferred to Hanover Glove Company in Pennsylvania from 1963 to 1985. He retired at the age of 48 to a hillside farm in Marshall County, West Virginia.

Al enjoyed singing, playing cards, listening to music, watching Jeopardy, Formula One racing, and dramatic movies and TV shows. He liked debating political issues, investing in the stock market, and playing croquet. In his younger days, he enjoyed making wine with grapes from his own vineyard, and riding his bicycle. He was a funny and smart guy who could strike up a conversation with anyone. He will forever hold a place in our hearts.

Al is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Mildred Maxine Phillips Gerling of Wheeling, WV, daughter Kathy Lynn Aguirre and her husband Alfredo of  Wheeling, and Erica Sue Hamilton and her husband Troy of York, PA. He is also survived by a sister, Mary Eileen (Meg) Hood and her husband, Lyal Hood, of Worcester, MA, and three grandchildren he loved very much: Benjamin Phillip Plunkert of Moundsville, WV, and Kaleigh Shayne Hamilton and Jillian Alyssa Hamilton of York, PA.

A private celebration of Al’s life will be held at a future date.

Arrangements by Altmeyer Funeral Homes, Wheeling Chapel

 

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Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum
1 year ago

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time,
May you come to know that the love of God is with you always,

May your memories of Allan G. Gerling, give you peace, comfort and strength…

Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete.
I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten.
My thoughts
and prayers to the family of ….

US National Guard Veteran, Allan G. Gerling, is “A True American Hero” God Bless†

† Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †

Gary Swanson
1 year ago

I attended high school and Parsons College with Al. With friends Jerry, Don, and Ralph we had a lot of good times. Al was always funny with a dry wit.His go to drink was creme-deminth. Who else would drink the stuff. HaHa Gary ’59

Janet Meek
1 year ago

My condolences Mildred & family; Lord wrap them in your loving arms to give them peace, comfort & strength to get them through these difficult times!

Ellen Portz
1 year ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your Family, Erica