Enumclaw resident Louis Gerlach Jr. died April 9, 2014, at the age of 85.
He was born June 9, 1928, in Melrose, Minn., to Louis and Teresa (Roelke) Gerlach. He served in the U.S. Navy from July 1945 to October 1947. He worked in law enforcement, for the postal service and in city and church maintenance. He was active in his church and community and in leisure time enjoyed recycling, making rosaries and visiting with friends and neighbors around town. He loved motorcycles and his dog, Bojo, and would frequently be seen taking his dog for a ride.
He is survived by wife of 64 years, Jane Frances Gerlach; sons Douglas Gerlach and wife Patti, Tim Gerlach and wife Terri and Patrick Gerlach and wife Jenea; daughters Sheila Gerlach and Sherri McDaniel and husband Ken; sister Lucille Gerlach; brother Maurice Gerlach; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by brother LeRoy Gerlach and sister Lorrayne Van De Steeg.
Services took place Monday, April 14, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, followed by burial at Enumclaw Evergreen Memorial Park.
Remembrances may be made to Franciscan Hospice, P.O. Box 1502, Tacoma, Wash. 98401-9836.
Services were by Weeks’ Enumclaw Funeral Home. All may sign the online guest book at www.weeksfuneralhomes.com.