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Gerhardt "Gery" E. Lichtfuss, 88, of Rockford, passed away on Friday, February 16, 2018 at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center. Born on March 30, 1929, in Clintonville, WI, the son of Ernest and Clara (Tornow) Lichtfuss. He received his Bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering from Valparaiso University in 1951 and married Marylin J. Williamson on December 22, 1951 in Valparaiso, IN. She predeceased him on October 8, 2011.
Gery was a Corporal Veteran of the United States Army during the Korean War, worked as a Product Engineer at Bendix Corporation for 6 years, Project/Group Engineer at Sundstrand for 32 years and was one of the original Founders of Rockford Lutheran High School where he served as a Secretary for 8 years and President for 6 years. He was a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church where he was on Chancel Choir, Brass Ensemble and served on the Board of Education for St. Paul Lutheran School. He also sang in Bards Choir at Wesley Willows, played Bass Tuba for RVC Old Towne Band, Rockford Christian Fellowship Band and YMCA East Band Commanders.
Survived by his children, Lynette (Randall) Brownwood of Valley Center, CA, Kevin (Laurel) Lichtfuss of Sun Prairie, WI, Karl (Dawn) Lichtfuss of Asheville, NC, and Leigh Ann (Patrick) Ruenger of Rockford, IL; grandchildren; Aaron, Jacob, and Jordan (Mariah) Brownwood, and Jason, Ellis, and Max Lichtfuss; great granddaughter, Winnie Lou Brownwood; sister-in-law, L. Jane Lichtfuss of Loveland, CO; and many nieces and nephews. Also predeceased by his parents; and brother, Armin Lichtfuss.
Funeral Service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at St. Paul Lutheran Church - Northwest Chapel, 4881 Kilburn Ave., Rockford, with Reverend Frank Ciprys officiating. Visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. prior to the service in the chapel. Memorials can be made to St. Paul Lutheran School, 811 Locust St., Rockford, IL 61101 or donor's choice.

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  1. Dennis Dargel

    After knowing Mr. Lichtfuss, as the Father of Karl Lichtfuss (Karl was in my class at Rockford Lutheran High School - Class of 1980), it was my distinct pleasure to get to know Mr. Lichtfuss (Gerhardt) once again as an adult (at St. Paul Lutheran Church). May God comfort Gerhardt's family as they mourn Gerhardt's passing but may he also help them rejoice in knowing his strong conviction to his faith and his believe in Jesus as our heavenly salvation. God's speed Gerhardt. See you in heaven.

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