The Van Wert County Courthouse

Wednesday, Sep. 18, 2019

James Atlee Gehres

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our brother, James Atlee Gehres, on Saturday, July 27, 2019. He would have turned 77 on August 20. The cancer that he battled many years ago, returned. He went quickly and is now with our beloved parents, Woodrow Atlee and Irene Berniece (Kreischer) Gehres, who both preceded him in death.   

He is survived by his brother: Larry D. (Marlene) Gehres of Midland, Virginia; two sisters, Karen (Edwin) Williams of Independence, Oregon, and Shirley (Kenneth) Galloway of Worthington; and three nieces, two nephews, and six grandnieces and grandnephews. 

He was in the last graduation class of Wren High School in 1960. He graduated from Oberlin College and then received a master’s degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.  

In the early days of the civil rights movement, he worked with Coretta Scott King and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Later in life he moved to St Paul, Minnesota, where he worked for Pepsi Corporation and was active with his union.   

No service will be held at this time.  

We request that any remembrances be made to the Wren EMS or St. Paul’s Reformed Church in Harrison Township. 

POSTED: 07/30/19 at 9:30 pm. FILED UNDER: Obituaries