FOLLOWING THE SERVICE ON WEDNESDAY THE FAMILY INVITES ALL TO THE MERIDIAN CENTER FOR A CELEBRATION OF GERREL’S LIFE STARTING AT 4:30
Gerrel L. Shirk 74, died Friday February 15, 2019 at his Newton residence. He was born October 13, 1944 in Newton, Kansas to Clarence C. and Odeta A. ( Slaughter) Shirk. On July 2, 1966 he married Connie J Muse at Pittsburg, Kansas and she survives the home.
Gerrel owned and operated Gerrrel’s on West 1st street in Newton where he maintained and repaired foreign cars for over 35 years. He was also an accomplished problem solver and inventor. One of his inventions the “Mini-Pic” is still sold and used today. He also mowed for others during the growing season and gave freely of his time to help Caring Hands Humane Society keep their lawns mowed and tidy. Gerrel proudly served his country in the U.S. Army in the 25th infantry division stationed in Hawaii
Gerrel was a was a proud family man and greatly looked forward to spending time with his wife, sons, grandchildren and the many friends he has made. Big G enjoyed a good conversation and his gregarious nature captivated people.
He is survived by his wife Connie of the home; sons: Kurt and his wife Shelly Deruy of Joplin, MO; Cory and his wife Diana Shirk of El Paso, TX and Brett and his wife Jenni Shirk of Austin, TX. He is also survived by one brother Erich Shirk and one sister Melody Fry. He has 11 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.
He is preceded in death by his parent’s two sons Kevin Deruy and Kenneth Deruy. He is also preceded in death by one brother.
Funeral service will be 3:00 p.m., Wednesday February 20, 2019 at Petersen Funeral Home Chapel with Pastor Donna Voteau presiding. Private family interment will be at a later date. Visitation will be 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service where the casket will be open.
Memorials are suggested to Caring Hands Humane Society in care of Petersen Funeral Home.