— Robert George Gerhardt, 99, passed away at his home after a long illness Monday, October 8, 2018 with his loving wife by his side.
Born June 19, 1919, Robert was the son of John and Carolyn of Hempstead, N.Y.
In addition to his mother and father, he was preceded in death by his brother, John Gerhardt and wife, Vera; his sister, Lucille Ruglass and husband, William; and his brother Arthur was killed in World War II.
Robert joined the United States Army Air Force in 1942, serving in the Pacific Theater during World War II, and was honorably discharged October 8, 1945.
He married Joan Kinsey on November 16, 1952.
Following World War II, he worked as a landscaper as well as in carpentry. He also worked for the Hempstead Public Schools in maintenance.
Robert enjoyed wood carving, especially carvings of various birds, which he was very talented at.
Survivors include his beloved wife of 66 years, Joan Gerhardt; their daughter, Robin Linken and her husband, Dennis; son, Gary Gerhardt and his wife, Wendy. In Addition his two nephews, Wm. Ruglass and his wife, Mildred, and John Ruglass and his wife, Loretta survived him..
Joan would like to thank neighbors, Chuck and AnnaLee Novak, Beverly Milazzo, as well as Mary and Charlie Joyce for their support during Robert’s illness. Also, Joanne Owens, the homecare nurse, and her daughter, Laura, for their help.
Per the family’s request, there will be no public services for Robert George Gerhardt.
Burial with military honors was held at Gerald B. H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.