It is with a heavy heart, we announce the unexpected passing of David Frederick Gerlach in the Foothills Hospital in Calgary on Oct. 22, 2020.
Except for seven years with the Calgary Police Force, Dave lived his whole life in the Stettler area.
He was raised on his parents, Fritz and Ida Gerlach’s farm east of Stettler. He attended Kindergarten School until 1954 and was then bussed to Botha School where he graduated high school.
He had several jobs, all of which he said he loved.
He was a magnafluxor for the train, then drove a gravel truck for Pebbles Gerla.
His most notorious job, however, was driving a grader for the County of Stettler.
As the story goes, he wanted to practice driving it, so he went to Buffalo Lake.
The grader broke through the ice and landed on a sandbar.
Had he not landed on the sandbar, the grader and Dave would have sunk into 40 feet of water.
Thus, ended his career with the County.
He then joined the Calgary Police Force and stayed for seven years, during which time he married and had two daughters, Kristi and Karla.
He won the Canadian Police Curling Championships during this time in 1968, 1969 and 1970.
His biggest achievement, however, was when he played third for Northcott and won the Canadian Briar and the World Championship in 1969.
Dave was offered a promotion but wanted to move back to Stettler. Sometime after this, he found himself a bachelor once again.
He worked for McTaggert Chev-Olds as a salesman until 1980 during which time he met and married Mary Jo Williams, a schoolteacher from Innisfail.
They married in April of 1979 and their family now included a stepson Allan Williams and another daughter Gerri Williams.
He enjoyed hunting geese and ducks with Allan and taking Gerri curling with him, as well as enjoying a daily coffee with her as an adult for years. Dave also took great joy in gardening, picking saskatoons, fishing, poker and golf.
Although his passion was curling, ever since he practiced throwing an ice filled jam can on the farm pond, his main passion was family.
He was happiest surrounded by his family, especially at Christmas.
In 1981 Dave and Mary Jo quit their respective jobs and started selling their pictures, a successful business they ran for 30 years.
They retired about 10 years ago and have since enjoyed their children and grand children immensely until his sudden passing. They all loved their Papa dearly.
Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 41 years, Mary Jo; daughters Kristi Gerlach, Karla Klause (Cody), Gerri Anderson (Bob) and his son Allan Williams (Jen); grandchildren – Lane Williams, Shayla Islip, Chandra Islip, Nevaeh Anderson, Jordan Klause, and Jax Klause; great grandchildren – Dominic, Jace, and Alina.
Dave is also survived by his sisters Marlene Johnson and Beverly Heath. As well as his brothers and sisters-in-law: Jack Williams (Debbie), Fern Decaire (Michael), Joe Williams (Deb), as well as many nieces and nephews, cousins, and close friends. He will be missed by everyone who knew him.
Dave is predeceased by parents Fred (Fritz) and Ida, and brothers-in-law Larry Heath and Glenn Johnson.
We love you Davy! Rest in peace until we meet again…
Celebration of Life will be held at the Stettler Funeral Home on Sat. Nov. 7, 2020 at 1 p.m.
All are invited to view Davey’s funeral via webcast. Please click on the link on the Stettler Funeral Home Website.
Donations can be made to the Stettler Curling Club or Alberta Heart & Stroke Foundation.
Condolences maybe sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com who are entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422.