John W. Gehrke, Jr. died on Aug. 5 at the St. Charles Medical Center in Bend.
He was born on Sept. 4, 1931, on the family farm in Morris County, Kan., to John W. Sr., and Gladys E. (Miller) Gehrke.
Gehrke graduated from Lost Springs High School in 1950.
On Sept. 7, 1952, he married Barbara Adams in Herington, Kan. He and his wife moved to Oregon in 1981.
He was a farmer and stockman all his life.
Gehrke is survived by his wife, Barbara; son, Blaine Gehrke and wife Dottie of Lost Springs Kan.; sister, Irene Parrish; brother, Larry Gehrke; two grandchildren; and four great-grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter; and a sister.
Graveside services were held on Aug. 12, at the Sunset Hill Cemetery in Herington, Kan. Pastor Charles Norman officiated.
Contributions in Gehrke’s memory may be made to the Burns Ambulance Service, for the EMTs and First Responders of Harney County.