Kenneth "Ken" Gerke

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November 18, 1952 - April 16, 2019
Born in La Porte, IN
Resided in St. Peters, MO

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Kenneth “Ken” Gerke, of Saint Peters, MO, passed away Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at the age of 66. Loving husband of Karla K. Gerke, beloved son of the late Herbert and Luella Gerke; devoted father of Samantha I. (Matt) Sotheran, Alyssa S. (Kevin) Tieber, and Alec Kenneth Gerke; cherished grandfather of Ruby K. Sotheran and Levi Kenneth Tieber; dear brother of  Kathleen (Will) Lubs; son-in-law of Norma J. Johnston; brother-in-Law, Matthew (Tammy) Johnston and Risa (Dave) Chappell; beloved uncle, great-uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

Ken was a member of the Ambassadors of Harmony and Living Lord Lutheran Church in Lake Saint Louis, MO. Ken had great joy in singing, reading, traveling, logic puzzles and anything Disney. He was a lifelong learner. Ken’s greatest joy was spending time with his family. Ken was dearly loved and will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

Memorial contributions may be made in Ken's name to the American Lung Association for Cancer Research.

Guestbook Entries

  1. Melda Bolton April 18, 2019 at 2:43 pm - Reply

    candle 8So sorry to hear about your loss! Our thoughts are with you and your family, Karla. His smiling face will be missed at church service!! ❤️Melda & Jeff Bolton

  2. Anita Green April 18, 2019 at 3:17 pm - Reply


    My heart goes out to you.

  3. susan Lindemann April 18, 2019 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Please accept my sympathy, Karla. Ken is at peace now and with our Heavenly Father. God will give you the strength to carry on.

  4. Carol Moenster April 18, 2019 at 5:59 pm - Reply

    candle 1His love will give you strength to carry on until you reunite. I send my prayers and love to you Karla and family.

  5. Jane Fogarty April 18, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Reply

    Gerke Family,
    We are saddened to hear of Ken’s passing. We so enjoyed being your neighbor and Ken’s dry sense of humor. We have many memories of him and the neighbor gatherings. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you! Sending hugs!
    Paul, Jane, Bradley, and Marissa Fogarty

  6. Julia Ayers April 18, 2019 at 6:03 pm - Reply

    Praying for you and your family.

  7. Kelly Wilmes April 18, 2019 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    May your memories give you peace and comfort.

  8. Katie Thinnes April 18, 2019 at 7:46 pm - Reply

    candle 2I am so very sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. I hope your beautiful family finds comfort in wonderful memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  9. Erv & Peg Baumann April 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    Words are inadequate to express our grief, but also our happiness at being fortunate enough to have known Ken. He was a wonderful friend and family man who was a true blessing to have in our lives. We will miss him terribly and will always remember the joy that he brought to all of our lives.
    Love, Erv & Peg Baumann

  10. Janet Nolte April 18, 2019 at 7:51 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss! My prayers are with you and your family!

  11. Kathy Heuer April 18, 2019 at 8:14 pm - Reply

    candle 8Our hearts are saddened for your family. Please know your Trier family will hold you tight in our hearts and remember how wonderful Ken was.
    Kathy and Jim Heuer…and all your cousins!

  12. Janet Anthony April 18, 2019 at 9:13 pm - Reply

    I am sorry for the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, and brother. I’m praying that God send his peace and grace as the family says, “Until we meet again.”

  13. Chris Brunner April 18, 2019 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Karla, Samantha, Alyssa and Alec. So sorry for your loss. I hope Your memories of happier times will assist during the dark days ahead. I pray for understanding during this difficult time. Chris, Larry, Kyle and Tyler Brunner

  14. Mike and Suzanne Schmidt April 18, 2019 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    candle 8Hugs and prayers for comfort and God’s Peace for you and your family.

  15. Deb Scanlon -Boonslick School April 19, 2019 at 6:06 am - Reply

    Thoughts & Prayers to you & your family,Karla.

  16. Emily Hahn April 19, 2019 at 7:39 am - Reply

    Karla I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I remembered when you guys lived off of salt lick road, and when we worked at Booneslick. Honey cling to your beautiful family during this time.

    Remember you are loved. May God bless you in all you do.

    Love you
    Emily Hahn

  17. Kelly Cox April 19, 2019 at 9:42 am - Reply

    candle 1To the Gerke family: I only know Alec, but I can tell by the young man you’ve raised, that yours was an amazing family with an amazing father who was cherished by all. My heartfelt condolences.

  18. Bob Cearnal April 19, 2019 at 12:53 pm - Reply

    From the minute that Ken stepped on the risers at AoH and stood next to me with that smooth bass voice and charming demeanor, I knew that I had made a life-long friend. . . and when Alec displayed his acting talent, I was happily impressed by his love of 4-part harmony and the family atmosphere of the Ambassadors. Although I left AoH a number of years ago, whenever I attended a concert, I always searched for Ken on the risers and in the line at the performance’s conclusion. We definitely had a bond that I will cherish forever. Please accept my sincere condolences for your loss. All of us will miss him dearly.
    Bob Cearnal

    • Phil and Stephanie Doeschot April 23, 2019 at 8:01 pm - Reply

      Sending our sympathy and love to you and your family, Karla!

  19. Jon Faulkner April 19, 2019 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    candle 6Karla, Sam, Alyssa & Alec, SOOO sorry to hear about Ken’s passing. Kris & I send you our most sincere condolences. Stay strong!

    Jon & Kris Faulkner

  20. Thomas Forgue April 19, 2019 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    To the Gerke family.
    Everybody there will be in my Thoughts and Prayers !!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Mark "Andy" Anderson April 20, 2019 at 8:11 am - Reply

    Sending condolences to Ken’s Family from a LaPorte High school friend. Remembering our times singing together in our quartet – enjoying our fun years together as “Slicers”. His positive attitude and fun spirit was something Moe and I enjoyed as we were pals together! May your Family find peace and treasure all the memories of your many years together.

  22. Claire Miller April 21, 2019 at 1:30 am - Reply

    Karla just heard about your husband passing I am sorry I can’t be there but I will spiritually I will have you on a prayer list You have plenty f backup with your big family loving you and hugging you like I did at the last Booneslick get together

  23. Domnic Robert April 22, 2019 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    candle 6Please accept my deepest condolences to you Karla. I remember Ken mentioning about your grand-children and he was so excited about it. He will surely be missed by everyone at workplace and always remembered for his kindness and the positivity. My sincere prayers to all of you.

  24. Asim April 23, 2019 at 10:35 am - Reply

    candle 8To Gerke family,

    We are so sorry to your loss, it was truly a pleasure working with Ken Gerke, worked with him for more than 3 years. I can tell he was so kind and friendly; always saw him positive and his care for his family. He will be deeply missed here in office and always remain in our hearts.
    We are keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. Hope that love of family and friends will comfort and strengthen you guys in the days ahead.

  25. Marilyn Singleton and family April 25, 2019 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    To Karla and your family, my deepest and sincere condolences on the death of your beloved Ken. May God comfort you all during this time of need. My prayers are with you all. Much love.

  26. Kathy Smith April 26, 2019 at 12:51 pm - Reply

    Karla, Sam, Alyssa and Alec – We were so sorry to hear about Ken. We will always remember him because of all of you – he was a family man through & through. Keeping you in our thoughts. Steve & Kathy Smith

  27. Loree Primeau April 27, 2019 at 10:05 am - Reply

    We are saddened by your loss of Ken. May your memories of him always be close to your hearts and bring you peace during this difficult time and in all the days to come.

    Loree Primeau and Kevin Wardrop

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