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Kirby C. Gerike

1958 - 2021


Kirby C. Gerike, age 63, of Evansville, IN, passed away on Monday, April 12, 2021, at St. Vincent Hospital - Evansville.

Kirby was born January 24, 1958, in Souix Falls, SD to Victor Gerike and Lila A. (Bartlett) Gerike. He graduated from Harrison High School in 1976 and then studied Business Management at Indiana State University at Evansville (now USI) and the University of Evansville. Kirby worked in sales at Lensing Wholesale for 18 years and then Utility Pipe Sales, West Tech, and more recently, Tri-State Welding Supply.

Kirby is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Marcy B. (Simons) Gerike; daughter, Melissa K. Cozart (Jonathan); son Micah Gerike; sister, Roxanne Heiliger (Mike); brothers, Rev. Henry Gerike, Tim Gerike (Susan) and Paul Gerike (Ruth); brother in -law, Rev. Allen Lunnenberg; grandchildren, Jace and Luke Cozart; numerous nieces and nephews. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran in Evansville but frequently attended Christ Church United Church of Christ.

Kirby is preceded in death by his parents, Victor and Lila; sister, Alice Lunnenberg; and his beloved dog and dear friend, Rudy who never left his side.

Services will be private.

Memorial Contributions may be made to: United Way of Southwestern Indiana at 318 Main St #504, Evansville, IN 47708.

Arrangements are being handled by BOONE FUNERAL HOME EAST CHAPEL – A Family Tradition Funeral Home, 5330 Washington Avenue, Evansville, IN.

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Mick & Debbie Gottman

April 26, 2021 9:09 AM

With loving memories of Kirby
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Mick Gottman

April 25, 2021 9:00 PM

So sorry for your loss. What a great time we all had playing softball.

Carlile Steven

April 25, 2021 7:56 AM

Kirby “Hollywood” Gerike will forever be remembered as one of the areas best softball pitchers!! Our pregame tradition together at Robbys Barge back in the 80’s was always a highlight. A man full of life and fun that will forever be missed. RIP brother! your friend Steve Carlile

Greg and Karla Carlile

April 25, 2021 6:41 AM

Marcy and family, Words can not express how sorry we are. Our memories of our years together are very special. Your love and devotion to our friend was like none other. We will keep all of you in our prayers.

Karen DeJean-Boren

April 20, 2021 12:34 AM

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