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Martin Carl Gehres Jr.

July 23, 1941 — November 6, 2023



Martin Carl Gehres, our dear husband, father, grandfather and friend, passed
away on November 6, 2023 at the age of 82.

Carl was born to Martin and Betty Gehres in Lincoln, MI on July 23, 1941. He
graduated from Alcona High School in 1959 before attending the Culinary Institute
of America in New Haven, CT where he graduated in 1962.

Carl started his 30+ year career in the food business, mostly working with Saga
Foods in Supervision and Purchasing. Carl and Carol moved to Alma, MI where he
was Food Service Director at Alma College. Next, he became a District Manager
for Saga Foods in their Food Service Division in Englewood, OH. Carl took a
Purchasing position with Saga Foods and moved his family to Brighton, MI, where
he finished his career working for Saga Foods and then Professional Food
Management. Carl and Carol then moved back home to Harrisville to enjoy their
retirement near the shores of Lake Huron.

Carl and Carol were married on August 25, 1962 at Westminster Presbyterian
Church in Harrisville, MI and soon welcomed their first child, Jeff. Over the next
13 years, their family grew with the births of Tom, Kristin and Mike.
Through the years, Carl enjoyed hunting, fishing, working at the Gehres Farm and
spending time with his family. After he retired, Carl loved visiting Gulf Shores,
Alabama with Carol during the winter months. He loved spending time with his
kids and grandkids at the Gehres Farm in Lincoln, MI. For many years, the family
would gather at the farm on the Fourth of July for a day of food and fun. The day
would end at Carl and Carol’s house in Harrisville for fireworks.

Carl never met a stranger. He loved telling jokes and had an unforgettable laugh.

Carl is survived by his wife, Carol, their children – Jeff (Sue) Gehres, Tom (Shelley)
Gehres, Kristin (Mike) Weber and Mike (Jennifer) Gehres; 10 grandchildren – Mike
(Ashley), Brad (Ana), Kailey (Ryan), Chad (Emily), Abbey (Kevin), Spencer (Olivia),
John, Emma, Avery and Fisher. Carl was also the great grandfather of Willa, Ozzy

and Layla. Carl is survived by his sisters, Barb and Joan (Syl) and brother, Larry.
Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Martin and Betty Gehres.

Visitation will take place on Friday, November 10, 2023 from 3:00 – 7:00 pm at
Gillies Funeral Home in Lincoln, MI. Services will be held on Saturday, November
11, 2023 at Westminster Presbyterian Church – 201 N. 2nd Street Harrisville, MI
48740 with a visitation from 10:00-11:00 am and the memorial service at 11:00

Memorial donations can be made to the Westminster Presbyterian Church in
Harrisville, MI.

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