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Memorial for Emil Leonard Gerger

Born in Rugby, North Dakota on Sep. 26, 1930
Departed on Jan. 8, 2019 and resided in Albany, Oregon.
Service: Monday, Jan. 21, 2019
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September 26, 1930---January 8, 2019

Emil Gerger, 88, of Albany passed away Tuesday January 8th at Samaritan Evergreen Hospice House. Born in Rugby, North Dakota to Adolph and Johanna (Scheile) Gerger, Emil was raised in North Dakota where he met and married Arlene Bruner in September of 1959. Together they moved to California, and then to Albany in 1965. Emil opened his own carpet laying business, Gerger Floor Covering, a career that lasted until he was 80 years old. He enjoyed golf, Ocean fishing and a yearly Elk hunting trip, and was obsessed with caring for his lawn. Emil never met a stranger and couldn’t go anywhere in town without striking up conversations with acquaintances. He was a member of the Albany Eagles Club, St. Mary’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus. Together he and Arlene volunteered many hours at their church, whether it was in the soup kitchen, laying carpet in St. Mary’s School, or whatever else was needed.

Survivors include his wife Arlene of Albany; son Brent & [Kim] Gerger of Albany, Daughter Gail Ramsey [Dan] of Albany, sons Corey [Stacey] Gerger of Albany Gary (Jennifer) Gerger of Kentucky, and Dean (Jennifer) Gerger of Washington; brother Tony Gerger of California; many grand and great grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his son Leonard Gerger and daughter Donna Gerger, three brothers and two sisters.

A memorial Mass will be at 11am Monday January 21st at Albany St. Mary’s Catholic Church. Private interment will be at Willamette Memorial Park. Contributions may be made to The Knights of Columbus or St. Mary’s Catholic Church in care of Fisher Funeral Home, 306 SW Washington St., Albany, OR 97321.

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