Cleburn L. Gherke, 96 - Grantsville

Cleburn L. Gherke, 96, of Grantsville, West Virginia, died at Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center, Grantsville, Sunday, April 23, 2006.

He was born at Rush Run, Calhoun County, the son of Claude and Leota Gherke. He retired from Cabot and was a member and deacon of the Lower Steer Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 76 years, Flara Kerby Gherke, and his children and their spouses, C. Eugene and Joan Gherke of Millsboro, Delaware, Marge Gherke of Grantsville, Pauline Van Horn of Sissonville, Jurlene and Bill Thorn of Spencer, Radene and Bill Kuhl of Walker, Lorene and David Hathaway of Elkview, Arlene Kay and Russell Smith of Williamstown; grandchildren, great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren, and one surviving brother, Oless Gherke of Virginia.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Ardene Gherke of Grantsville; son-in-law, Ardith VanHorn of Sissonville; sisters, Cathern Pearl Gherke and Thelma Pickles; brothers, Arlan, Olin, Oran and Ira Gherke.

Funeral services will be held 2 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at Stump Funeral Home, Grantsville with Elder Mark Minney and Rev. Curtis Smith officiating. Burial will follow in the Collins Cemetery, Stumptown, WV with Rev. David VanHorn officiating.

Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 26 at the funeral home and one hour prior to to the service, Thursday.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Cleburn Gherke to Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center - 186 Hospital Drive - Grantsville, WV - 26147.