November 4, 2013


Frank Gehling, 87, of Carroll, died Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll.

Mass of the Christian burial will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, at Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Carroll. Celebrant will be Father Timothy Johnson. Music will be by Barb McDermott and Holy Spirit choir, with John Wagner as soloist. Lectors will be Frank's granddaughters Jill Running, Melanie Daniel, Sosie Gehling and Alison Schroeder. Gift bearers will be Frank's granddaughters Gretchen Bavlnka, Casey Coulter, Holly Venteicher, Lindsey Gehling, Sada Gehling and Rebecca Schroeder. Frank's granddaughters will form an honor guard for the Mass. Casket bearers will be Frank's grandsons Jerry Gehling II, Ted Gehling, Nick Coulter, Jason Gehling, Ryan Gehling, Steve Pudenz, Seth Gehling, Stone Gehling, Joseph Schaefer and Joshua Schaefer. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery in Carroll with military honors by the Carroll American Legion.

Friends may call after 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll where there will be a rosary at 5 p.m. and a Christian wake service at 7 p.m. The casket will be moved to Holy Spirit Church at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday when visitation will resume.

Online condolences may be left for Frank's family at

Born Oct. 13, 1926, at Carroll, Iowa, Frank Joseph was a son of Theodore and Catherine (Hoffman) Gehling. He spent his lifetime in the Carroll area and attended SS. Peter and Paul School and then Carroll High School. Frank then helped his family with their farm operation. On June 19, 1945, Frank married Norma Jean Schulte at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Breda. Following their marriage he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II and returned to Carroll following his honorable discharge. Frank and Jean made their home just south of Carroll where they raised their family and were grain and livestock farmers until retirement when they moved into town.

He enjoyed fishing, tending his flowers and garden, and being active in his grandchildren and great-grandchildren's lives. Frank had served on the Farmers Elevator board of directors and was a member of Holy Spirit Parish in Carroll where he was an usher and also involved on numerous church boards over the years.

Survivors include his wife, Norma Jean Gehling, of Carroll; his children: Sharon Coulter and her husband Charles of St. Louis, Mo., Dennis Gehling and his wife Patricia of Carroll, Jeanine Ann "Jackie" and her husband Randy Pudenz of Carroll, Mark Gehling and his wife Stacy of Carroll, and Marcia Schaefer and her fiancé Jeff Scott of Wall Lake; his daughter-in-law: Corlys Gehling of Omaha, Neb.; 20 grandchildren; 35 great-grandchildren; his sisters: Ann Rath of Carroll, Lucille Jackley of Sun City Center, Fla., and Freda Barron of Niles, Mich.; his brother: John (Marjorie) Gehling of Atlantic; his in-laws: Donna Gehling of Carroll, Irma Gehling of Carroll, Rufus Boes of Carroll, Darwin (Kay) Schulte of West Des Moines, and Pam (John) McCaslin of Omaha, Neb.; as well as many nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Frank was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Dr. Gerald Gehling; his son-in-law, Dale Schaefer; his grandson, Nicholas Gehling; his great-granddaughter, Samantha Gehling; his sisters: Marie Von Eschen and Helen Gray; and his brothers: Leo, Leonard and Vincent Gehling.