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Funeral Service

New Apostolic Church - Chicago Metro Congregation
Saturday October 22nd, 2022

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Walter William Gehring Jr.

Walter William Gehring was called into eternity on September 2, 2022, having reached the age of 91 years. 

Walter was born on July 29, 1931 to Walter H. K. and Frida Gehring in Chicago, Illinois.  His father originally came to this country from Germany following an apprenticeship in jewelry design and crafting. Walter Sr. then formed Gehring and Company, Manufacturers of Fine Gold and Platinum Jewelry. Walter Jr., or as his father called him, Sonny, did not even finish high school before taking a place at the family business; and when his father retired he ran the
company until his own retirement in 1998.

Walter was a member of the New Apostolic Church from birth, like his parents before him. Walter’s greatest joy always was in testifying and serving in the congregation(s) both in music and ministry. He was privileged to use his musical talents as a choir member, choir director, and cellist. At age 17 he began his ministry as a Deacon, and as time passed he became a Priest
and then Rector of the Chicago Northside congregation.  He served as a minister for a total of 50 years.

Walter married Carol (nee Guderian) on February 8, 1953.  They had three daughters; Suzanne (Kalweit), Kathleen (Dyer), and Leslie (Raich). Walter is also grandfather to Scott (Kristen), Tom (Niccole), and Greg (Slaviana) Culbertson, Jodi (Ryan) Felt, and Jennifer and CJ Raich.  He was a great-grandfather to Bryan, Emily, Christian and Oliver.

A funeral service for Walter will be officiated by Apostle Orlofski on Saturday, October 22, 2022 at 12 noon at the New Apostolic Church Chicago Metro congregation, 430 N. Addison Road, Addison, IL 60101.  Luncheon will follow the service.

Arrangements entrusted to Chicagoland Cremation Options of Schiller Park, Illinois.



I have great memories of Pr. Gehring as a young guy. His sense of humor, the huge choirs with such a powerful presence, the jewlery store. RIP Walter.

RUSSELL ELLIS Oct 30 2022 12:56 PM

I have wonderful memories of the choir rehearsals with Walter and sharing stories during the Senior lunches we shared. He had a great sense of humor that I always enjoyed. My deepest sympathy to the family. We will meet again....

Inge Madson Oct 22 2022 1:49 PM

I was a neighbor of Walter for 37 years. He was always cheerful and had many good words for me. Except he would always blame me for the bad weather 😀. Rest In Peace, neighbor.

Howard Longo Sep 19 2022 5:24 PM

Dad thank you for you're love, humor, music, memories, sacrifices, blessings prayers, and undying faith.

Kathy Dyer Sep 17 2022 3:53 PM

It's been said that death is but the doorway to the next life, if that is true, than Godspeed Walter, and fare thee well, may our paths cross again

Rob Hebda Sep 17 2022 3:28 PM

So sorry for the loss of your father.

John Del Re Sep 12 2022 3:30 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter Gehring Jr.

Joe Rohrbacher Sep 10 2022 4:50 PM

I remember when I first came into the Roseland congregations he said you can call me dad and carol mom because I became real good friends with 2 of his daughters .He will be so missed I know he s with the heavenly father .R.I.P my friend

Melinda Saluska Sep 10 2022 4:40 PM

Love ya dad.

Leslie A Raich Sep 10 2022 4:30 PM

11 photos were added for Walter William Gehring Jr.

Leslie A Raich Sep 10 2022 4:28 PM