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The Rev.  Dale E. Gerig
  • Youth for Christ
    PO Box 382
    Sturgis, MI 49091
  • Sturgis Missionary Church
    67087 M-66
    Sturgis, MI 49091

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“Beth & Family, It is so difficult to express in words the profound impact Dale had on my life. As the example he was, Pastor, Teacher, Friend,...Read More »
1 of 10 | Posted by: Steven Pfenning - Lewisburg, TN

“Our condolences to the family and Beth .We have many fond memories of pastor dale we attended Jamestown church for many years and he was always kind...Read More »
2 of 10 | Posted by: Mike Rathbun - butler, IN

“Sincere Sympathy to Beth and the family. What a great joy it was meeting Dale just 10 short years ago when we moved next door the the Gerig's. We...Read More »
3 of 10 | Posted by: LaPorte Family - Sturgis, MI

“We want to express our deepest sympathies to Beth. Through the years it has been a joy to see the growth of Dale in his service to God. We always...Read More »
4 of 10 | Posted by: Lavon Hart - Family Friend

“My very sincere sympathy to you, Beth, and to the entire family. I have many great memories of activities at the Missionary Church in Sturgis during...Read More »
5 of 10 | Posted by: Janet (Ferrell) Schell - Arboles, CO

“We are sorry for your loss, we are praying for you and your family. ”
6 of 10 | Posted by: Scott Harmon - Lake Wales, FL

“The Hackman Family and the entire staff extend to you our most heartfelt sympathy. ”
7 of 10 | Posted by: Hackman Family Funeral Homes - MI

“Dear Beth, Karen and family,Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. As a young boy, Dale, through the AWANA club had a big influence in...Read More »
8 of 10 | Posted by: James Evilsizor - Clearfield, PA

“My thoughts and prayers go out to you at this time. Pam and I will never forget our first home renting the parsonage appt. above you Rev. G and Mrs....Read More »
9 of 10 | Posted by: Jonathan Kopishke - Allentown, PA

“Dale was a wonderful man of God. I went to boys club when I was 8 years old. I knew Dale for many years. Knowing where he is , is far better than now...Read More »
10 of 10 | Posted by: Jack Dillon - Fortwayne, IN


The Rev. Dale E. Gerig age 87 of Sturgis, Michigan went home to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday evening February 12, 2017 at the Sturgis Hospital.
Dale was born November 13, 1929 in DeKalb County, Indiana the eighth of nine children to Menno and Zula (Sponhower) Gerig.
He attended the one room school just down the road from the family farm. He graduated from Spencerville High School in Spencerville, Indiana and from the Fort Wayne Bible College which is now a part of Taylor University.
Dale married his high school sweetheart, Beth Cornell on June 12, 1952 in a double wedding ceremony with his brother, Zenas Gerig and his bride Esther Lehman.
He was ordained to the ministry in June of 1955, after serving two years as an assistant pastor at Humboldt Park Tabernacle in Chicago, Illinois.
Dale and Beth moved to Sturgis in 1955 to re-open the Missionary Church which had been closed for a few months. Boys and Girls Clubs were a big part of their 14 years in Sturgis.
Moving to Allentown, Pennsylvania, Dale was the pastor of the Missionary Church for 20 years. His last pastorate was the Jamestown Church near Fremont, Indiana for 18 years.
The Gerigs moved back to Sturgis in 1989 to manage the Christian Supply Center until the sale of the business. Dale became the Director of the Area Super 60's and had to resign in 2014 due to health issues.
Dale enjoyed visiting "shut-Ins" and those in nursing homes to share with them God's love and God's word.
He is survived by his loving and dedicated wife of 64 years: Beth; one daughter: Karen (Ken) Mills; three grandsons: Kevin (Courtney) Mills, Kyle (Gretchen) Mills and Kameron (Andrea) Mills; two great grandchildren: Raeleigh and Azariah Mills; daughter-in-law: Carolyn (Chris) Raber; sister: Ruth (John) Imler; two sisters-in-law: Mary Gerig and Esther Gerig and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one son: Kenton Gerig; five brothers: Paul, Matthias, Maurice, Zenas and Ardon and two sisters: Eunice Gay and Lois Hetmansperger.
The family will receive friends from 6:00-8:00 P.M. Friday and 10:00 A.M. – 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the Sturgis Missionary Church, 67080 N. M-66, in Sturgis. Funeral services honoring and celebrating the life of the Rev. Dale E. Gerig will begin at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at the church. The Rev. Bob Renner will officiate. A graveside committal will be held at 2:30 P.M. Saturday at the Cedar Creek Cemetery 6840-6898 Co Rd 11A, Auburn, IN 46706.
The Hackman Chapel of Hackman Family Funeral Homes, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, MI 49091, 269-651-2331 is honored to be entrusted with the arrangements.
The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Pastor Gerig's memory consider the Sturgis Missionary Church, 67080 N. M-66, Sturgis, MI 49091 or Youth for Christ, P.O. Box 382, Sturgis, MI 49091.
The obituary is also at www.hackmanfamilyfuneralhomes.com where personal messages of support may be left for the family.