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.