Elvin E. Gerard, 99, of Salina, passed away Friday, April 19, 2019 at Bethany Home in Lindsborg KS. He was born October 17, 1919, in Ottawa County to Elmer and Effie (McFarlane) Gerard.
Mr. Gerard was a WWII veteran who began his active military career in November of 1941 when he enlisted in the Army Air Corps. He received his navigator wings and a 2nd lieutenant’s commission July 1, 1944. During 6 months of overseas duty, he belonged to the 452nd Bomb Group. He later joined the Kansas Air National Guard from which he retired in 1967.
After WWII, Elvin married the former Phyllis Stafford of Detroit, MI and received his BS degree in electrical engineering from the Lawrence Institute of Technology in Michigan in 1949. He later moved to Kansas where he managed the family farm and was a lifetime member of the First Presbyterian Church.
Elvin was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Phyllis and brother Donald Gerard.
Survivors include a son, James Gerard, daughter, Karla Rosenbluth of Denver CO and granddaughters, Angela Allen, Jennifer Solbach and Adrianne Rosenbluth.
Memorial service will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 2nd at Ryan Mortuary. Private inurnment will be in Gypsum Hill Cemetery, Salina.
Memorials may be made to Bethany Home 321 North Chestnut, Lindsborg, KS 67456.