William Gehner

William “Bill” Sanford Gehner, 78, Rosebud, died Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at Mercy Hospital in Washington.

He was born Feb. 17, 1940 to Franz W. and Edith (Cortner) Gehner, in East St. Louis, Ill.

He was united in marriage to Lila Foster, June 6, 1964, in Columbia.

He was an engineer for John Deere corporate headquarters in Moline, Ill. He was a member of the Gasconade County Thresher’s Association. He enjoyed driving as a substitute school bus driver for Gasconade County R-2 schools for several years after moving back from Moline. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Rosebud.

He was preceded in death by parents, Franz and Edith.

He is survived by wife, Lila; son, Gerrick Gehner and wife Lan of Morton, Ill.; daughter, Melissa Bednarz and husband Mike of Chicago, Ill.; brothers, Robert and wife Dona of Rosebud and Richard and wife Gloria of Warrenton; and grandchildren, Matthew and Michelle Gehner.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Rosebud with Pastor Joel Pike officiating. Burial was in Immanuel Lutheran Cemetery. Memorials suggested to Rosebud Lutheran Church or Gasconade County Thresher’s Association.

Arrangements entrusted to Gottenstroeter Funeral Home, Owensville.