He was born March 4, 1933 in York to Ernest and Elizabeth (Koester) Gerken. Hubert was baptized in 1933, and later confirmed at Emmanuel Lutheran Church on May 22, 1947 and graduated from York High School in 1952. After completing his education he was married to Connie Lea Charlton on Oct. 12, 1952 at Peace Lutheran Church, Waco. To this union five sons were born, Michael, Stanley, Brian, Keith and Richard.
Hubert was a longtime member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church of York, member of the York Cattleman’s Association, York Sports Coach and the York Trail Riders. Hubert was a longtime York County farmer, along with working at Champion Home Builders and Pflug Grain Company. Hubert served his country for six years in the Army National Guard. He especially loved his family, and was very proud of all of them.
He is survived by his wife, Anna Marie of York; sons, Michael (Kelly) Gerken of York, Stanley (Ronda) Gerken of York, Brian (Tammi) Gerken of Taylor, Keith (Sherry) Gerken of York and Richard (Brenda) Gerken of York. He is also survived by grandchildren, Heather (Justin) Schoenholz of Imperial, Amber (Adam) Rediger of Benedict, Noelle (Sean) Mandeville of Benedict, Nicole (Brian) Nielsen, Jennifer (Adam) Sharp, Ashton Gerken, Abbie Gerken, all of Lincoln, Holly Gerken (fiancé Chuck Brooks) of Brainard, Beau (Cassandra) Gerken of Wheatland, Wyo., Tiffany (fiancé Dan Doremus) Gerken of York, David (Meghan) Gerken of York, Cody Gerken, significant other Mindy Streeter of Henderson, Steven (Susan) Gerken of McCool Jct., Carrie (Bradley) Epp of Henderson and Amanda (Lance) Ring of York. Hubert is survived by 26 great-grandchildren along with one great-great-grandchild on the way. He is also survived by his sister, Marilyn Stephen of Junction City, Kan.; brothers-in-law, Ken (Peg) Rystrom of Hastings, Bob (Cheryl) Rystrom, Rex (Florence) Charlton of York and sister-in-law, Ann Charlton of York. He is survived by Anna Marie’s children, Kristi Maneely and Lisa (John) Harrison, along with numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
He is preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Connie and his infant brother, Leland; mother-in-law; father-in-law; sister-in-law, Donna Charlton Westwood; brothers-in-law, Alan Stephen, Don Westwood and Gary Charlton and two nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m., Thursday, July 6, 2017 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in York with the Reverends Mike Neidow and Ben Kaiser officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery in York. Memorials may be directed to the family for later designation. Visitation will be held between the hours of 1 – 8 p.m. Wednesday July 5, 2017, with the family greeting friends from 6 – 8 p.m. that evening at the mortuary in York.