Gehrcke, Charles H. (Bud), Saginaw, Michigan

Barbara P. Frost

Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather and brother passed away Sunday, January 24, 2010 at Cartwright Hospice Residence. Age 83 years. The son of the late Adolph and Lillie (Moore) Gehrcke, Charles was born February 16, 1926 in Saginaw, Michigan. He married Maxine I. Rowdon on February 22, 1947 in Fennimore, Wisconsin. She predeceased him October 31, 2004. Bud served in the U.S. Army Air Force during WW II. He owned and operated A.C. Gehrcke & Sons until his retirement in 1991. He was of the Methodist faith. Bud was a member of Saginaw Home Builders, the Exchange Club, Evening Optimist Club, the Fordney Club, Mid-Forest Lodge and Germania Town & Country Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed bowling and golfing.  Surviving are two daughters and one son, Linda Zientek, Freeland; David and Diane Gehrcke, Saginaw; Jody and Charles Schnetzler, Alma; a daughter-in-law, Janet Gehrcke; Bud’s grandchildren, Stephanie (Derek) Peters, Nathan (Raechel) Gehrcke, Autumn (Matthew) Wicke, Brandon Gehrcke, Matthew Gehrcke, Bryan (Rachel) Gehrcke, Taylor and Kayla Gehrcke and Charles Schnetzler II; eight great-grandchildren, Alicia, Ashton, Jensen, Zachary, Cooper, Aidan, Braden, Tyler and Baby Peters; three sisters, Betty and Russ Doyle, Lillie and Ronald Riemers, Lucille and Laverne Dubay; many nieces, nephews and dear friends. Bud was preceded in death by two sons, Jeffrey and Charles Gary Gehrcke, a son-in-law, Stanley Zientek and by a brother, Adolph Gehrcke.  Funeral service will take place at 11:00 a.m. Friday, January 29, 2010 at The Snow Funeral Home, 3775 N. Center Road, (between Shattuck and McCarty). Rev. George Dorado will officiate with interment in Chapel Hill Cemetery in Freeland, Michigan. Friends may call at the funeral home where the family will be present on Thursday from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until time of service. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to the Cartwright Hospice Residence or the Germania Town & Country Club.