Keith J. Gehle, 66, of Rockford, died at 7:27 p.m. Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at Van Wert County Hospital.
He was born on May 19, 1945, in Celina, to Al and Florence (Leugers) Gehle, and they preceded him in death.
On Aug. 27, 1966, he married Margaret M. Homan, and she survives in Rockford.
He is also survived by two sons and two daughters, Steve (Missy) Gehle of Rockford, Jennifer Brandt of Rockford, Jim (April) Gehle of Lawrenceburg, Ind., and Marie Gehle of Evans, Ga.; a daughter-in-law; a brother; three sisters; two sisters-in-law; 11 grandchildren; his mother-in-law; six sisters-in-law; two brothers-in-law.
He was preceded in death by a son, Allen Gehle; three brothers; a sister; his father-in-law; three brothers-in-law.
Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Teresa Catholic Church in Rockford, with the Rev. Ken Alt officiating. A private graveside burial will be held for the family.
The Rockford Eagles will have a service at 7 p.m. Tuesday, followed by a short prayer service at 7:30 p.m. and memory sharing by family and friends.
Friends may call from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Wednesday at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to St. Teresa Catholic Church or to Shane’s Park-Leota Braun Foundation. Condolences may be left at KetchamRipley.com.