November 8, 1940 – May 7, 2020
Gerhardt (Gerry, Ger) Wehrman, beloved father of Charmaine, Natasha and Tyrone, passed away suddenly on Thursday, May 7, 2020 at the age of 79.
Born November 8, 1940 in Dickinson, North Dakota, he spent his younger years on the family ranch near beautiful Sentinel Butte and in the town of Golva. After graduating high school from Assumption Abbey in Richardson, North Dakota, he joined the U.S. Army and was stationed near Soeul, South Korea.
Upon the completion of his military service, and a brief career as a truck-driver and ranch-hand, Gerry traveled to Australia to work as a cowboy on a remote Outback cattle-staton. It was on that steamship journey to Australia that he met and fell in love with Canadian hair-stylist Alison Maiklem and a romantic pen-pal relationship began.
When he eventually returned to North America, he married Alison and they chose to settle near Olds, Alberta. Gerry pursued his commercial pilot’s license and later his flying-instructor certification and was employed as a manager of a flight services operation located at the Penhold airport.
In 1985, Gerry, Alison and Family moved to Creston, British Columbia to start their own charter service and flight school. Upon retirement from flying in 1995, Gerry became a school bus driver, enjoying over a decade of delivering students to classes and sports teams to tournaments.
In recent years, Gerry enjoyed a formal retirement volunteering by playing piano at Crestview Village and at Swan Valley Lodge sing-a-longs, taking line dancing lessons, embarking on road trips across the continent in his camper, mowing his ginormous lawn, walking on Alison’s Hill, and playing with his grandchildren. He will be remembered most for being a masterful storyteller.
Gerry is survived by his children Charmaine Warne (Thomas) of Calgary, Natasha of Creston, Tyrone (Nicole) of Enderby, grandson Noah and granddaughter Jordyn, sisters Theresa, Joann, Virgina, and Dorothy, numerous nieces and nephews. Gerry was predeceased by his wife Alison, his parents Paul and Helen, granddaughter Makayla, his brothers George, Eugene and Raymond and his sister Mary.
A graveside burial was held May 12th, 2020, and a Memorial Service is planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
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