Christian “Chris” Gehring
November 12, 1929 ~ June 6, 2014
Chris Gehring was born November 12, 1929, in McIntosh, SD. He passed away June 6, 2014 in Spokane, WA. He was one of 11 children of father, Gottfried and mother, Christina (Schmierer) Gehring. He grew up on a farm near McIntosh, SD, where he attended grade school and high school. After finishing high school, he worked in the South Dakota gold mines for several years, before joining the U.S. Army in 1951. He rose to the rank of Technical Sergeant, and was a decorated combat veteran. He was a member of the 101 Airborne Division, receiving the Combat Infantry Badge and Purple Heart for service in the Korean War, and later received the Presidential Unit Citation. After the war, he met and married his lifetime love, Lena Silbernagel. They were married 60 years and had six children together. He worked as a construction foreman on the building of a number of dams along the Missouri and Columbia Rivers, including Rocky Reach and Wanapum dams. He settled with his family in George, WA in the late 1950’s and started his own construction company, C. Gehring Construction. He was responsible for the construction of homes and farm outbuildings throughout Grant County during his career. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus, where he served as Grand Knight, and a proud member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, where he served as Post Commander. He was also Voted “Community Man of the Year” in George, WA. He was an active member of the Republican Party in Grant County and was an avid fisherman and hunter.
Chris is survived by his spouse, Lena; daughters, Sylvia Meloche (Jim), Linda Cocco (Dave), Beverly Edwards (Mike), and Linette Laiminger (Mark); two sons, Virgil Gehring (Donna), and Allen Gehring; along with 13 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother, Bill (Mary) Gehring.
Vigil services were held Tuesday, June 10, 2014, at St. Anthony Catholic Church, 2320 N. Cedar Street, Spokane. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Wednesday, June 11, 2014, at 11:00 a.m., also at St. Anthony Catholic Church. Committal will take place at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Spokane. Arrangements have been entrusted to Catholic Funeral and Cemetery Services of Spokane, WA.