Nicholas “Nick” Gehrs

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Nicholas “Nick” A. Gehrs, 87, of Belleville, IL, born July 14, 1936, in Carlyle, IL, died Tuesday, November 7, 2023, in Belleville, IL.

Nick grew up in Carlyle, where he attended St. Mary’s High School. He played basketball for the St. Mary’s Red Peppers, and always said his favorite class was Home Economics, which is where he began his love for cooking.

In 1953, at the age of 18, he joined the Army and served most of his time in Ansbach, Germany. He was proud of his military service and was on the track and basketball team in his battalion. After serving, he was part of the Beckemeyer, IL, Arms Drill Team and participated in many local parades.

Nick was a devoted member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Belleville for 60 years. He was active in the Athletic Association, coached basketball, cooked for the Men’s Club, and volunteered for the Parish Picnics. He served mass and Novenas there and ushered for Saturday night masses.

Nick loved sports. His favorite teams were Althoff Catholic High School and the St. Louis Cardinals. All four of his sons attended Althoff and for 50 years would enjoy watching Althoff football, basketball, and baseball games.  He also was part of the chain gang for over 20 years at the football games.

He was a meatcutter for 45 years at various grocery stores in the area, and for the last 10 years worked at Schnucks in Swansea. Nick was a loyal member of the Meatcutters Union.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 59 years, Geraldine “Gerry” Gehrs, nee Knies, whom he married June 10, 1958, and who died August 29, 2017. He was also preceded in death by his son, Steve Gehrs; his parents, Nick and Veronica Gehrs; a sister, Imogene Calcaterra- LePique; and two brothers, Bob and John Gehrs.

Surviving are his three sons, Nick (Joan) Gehrs of St. Charles, MO, Mark (Heidi) Gehrs of Millstadt, IL, and Tim (Peggy) Gehrs of Millstadt, IL; nine grandchildren, Lucas Gehrs, Jacob (Melissa) Gehrs, Phillip Gehrs, Leah Gehrs, Gretchen (TJ) Jung, Clare (Jack) Bahlinger, Kate Gehrs, Charlie Gehrs, and Lydia Gehrs; four great-grandchildren, Ella, Greta, Margo Gehrs, and Louie Bahlinger; four brothers, Jim, Tom, Whitey, and Bill Gehrs; along with many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Althoff Catholic High School, or St. Mary’s Parish, or the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, November 10, 2023, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, November 11, 2023, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Belleville, IL, with Msgr. William McGhee and Fr. Christopher Anyanwu concelebrating.

Burial will be at Green Mount Catholic Cemetery, Belleville, IL.


17 Comments on Nicholas “Nick” Gehrs

Dan Davinroy said : Guest Report Nov 14, 2023 at 10:12 PM

My condolences to the Gehrs family. Mr. Gehrs had a lot to be proud of. The world is a better place because of his service to the country and community. I was lucky to see him at HollyBrook last year listening to the bluegrass ensemble that I play in which is a testament to his zest for life and wanting to stay engaged. Cheers to a life well lived.

  • St. Louis
  • Missouri
Jim Keim said : Guest Report Nov 13, 2023 at 9:08 AM

My sincere condolences in hearing of Nicks passing. He was a great family man and I enjoyed our time together watching him officiating . He and Frank Antoine were so dedicated to Catholic grade school athletics. He will be missed. Jim and Vivian Keim

  • Ofallon
  • Il
Nick stevenson said : Guest Report Nov 12, 2023 at 12:34 PM

My regards to my cousin. He was a great guy.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Donald said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 2:48 PM

He was friend and always kept me in stitches with his humor and always had a comment about sports and many other things. I will miss him at Holly Brook and church services.

  • Belleville
  • Il.
john parciak said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 10:54 AM

Nick Mark andTim sorry too here about your what a wonderful person Mr Gehrs rest in piece

  • belleville
  • il
Gary L. Cox said : Guest Report Nov 11, 2023 at 5:36 AM

My deepest sympathies and condolences to the Gehrs family. Nick was one of the "good guys". R.I.P.

  • Belleville
  • Il
Mike & Jan Forness said : Guest Report Nov 10, 2023 at 1:13 PM

So very sorry for your loss. Nick was a fun, energetic and passionate guy. Always enjoyed spending time with him and the family.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Mark Eros said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 9:06 PM

Nick, Mark, & Tim Your Dad was a Champ. I knew him at St Mary's Men's Club cooking meals, Thursday night Novena, where he was a server and I cantored, and Althoff football and basketball games.May the Perpetual Light shine upon him

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mary Barger said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 7:37 PM

I always enjoyed seeing your Dad serving novena or ushering mass whenever I went to St Mary’s. I was extremely touched when he volunteered to serve the funeral mass for my brother Dean. He was a good man. I know how much you will miss him. May he rest in peace. Prayers for all of you .

  • Belleville
  • IL
Bernhard Gummersheimer said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 10:20 AM

Rest In Peace. Troop. You did will.

  • Cahokia
  • IL
Jim & Kate Shively said : Guest Report Nov 09, 2023 at 6:47 AM

We have missed Nick ever since he moved out. He was a great guy, always had a sense of humor. Nick loved his children and grand children very much and was proud of their many achievements. May he rest in peace.

  • Belleville
  • Illinois
Jody said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 11:27 PM

The world was a happier place because of Nick. So glad he was part of my life - he snd Gerry were such a joy to be around. Cheers - a Stag will be lifted in your honor.

  • Bellevillr
  • Il
Mark Schwarztrauber said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 8:06 PM

What a great man. I was lucky to see him last Christmas, with all his family around him. Laughing as we played cards. He was so good natured that it was his default mode. I told him how much he influenced me growing up at his house with Gerry, Nick, Tim, Steve and Mark. His commitment to fitness and loving family inspired me. '"Break a sweat every day", he told me. RIP Mr Gehrs

  • Mt. Pleasant
  • South Carolina
Andrew Kinsella said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 5:18 PM

“Put silver wings upon his chest. He was one of America’s best.”

  • Belleville
  • IL
Mike Rall said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 4:42 PM

Nick, Mark and Tim, We were so sorry to hear of your dad's passing, please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Mike and Adele Rall

  • Belleville
  • IL
Julie Orlet said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 4:09 PM

Hey guys- so sorry for your loss, but so grateful your wonderful Dad has moved on to a better place. I’m glad his strife is over. He was a great man and everyone who knew him, couldn’t help but love him. I’m in Europe with a couple of my sisters so will miss your Dad’s services. Know you’ll be in our hearts and prayers. We’ll be with you and all the Gehrs in spirit.

  • Belleville
  • IL
Jack Oesterle,Jr. said : Guest Report Nov 08, 2023 at 3:54 PM

I'm so sorry to hear about Mr. Gehrs. I knew him from St. Mary's & his son Nick. Please except our sympathy. "May The Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him" Mary & Jack Oesterle,Jr. Kirkwood, Missouri

  • Kirkwood
  • Missouri

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