Gene F. Van Gerpen, 74, died June 20, 2012. He was born in Fremont, Neb., on July 14, 1938, to Jeannette and Walter Van Gerpen.
He graduated from Fremont High School in 1956 and served in the National Guard. He married Shirley DeHart on May 23, 1959.
From the 1960s to 1983, he owned Van Gerpen Construction Co in Fremont. As a general contractor and land developer, he built residential and commercial properties. Throughout the 1970s and early 1980s, he served in many leadership roles in Fremont, including his elected position on the Fremont City Council as well as vice president of the police company of the Fremont Volunteer Fire Department. He also was involved in the Big Brothers organization and was a member of Fremont First Baptist Church.
He moved to Marble Falls in 1983, joined First Baptist Church and continued his construction business. In 1988, he became the superintendent of construction for Jameson Inn, based in Atlanta, and worked in surrounding states. He was very dedicated to the organization of Alcoholics Anonymous and traveled as a speaker.
In 2007, he moved to the Madison Estates in San Antonio.
He was a softball umpire at the local and state levels. He enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with his grandchildren.
He was a man of sincere faith. The challenges in his life, deep losses and great physical disabilities were continually met with his trust in the faithfulness of his Lord and savior Jesus Christ and the reality of heaven. He influenced everyone he could with these convictions. By faith, the family believes God says: Well done, Gene, well done.
Survivors include daughters Jennifer Langemeier and husband Jeff of Houston and Julie Green and husband Patrick of San Angelo; grandsons Bryce and Drew Langemeier and Jake and Luke Green; sisters Dorothy Davidson and husband Phil of San Antonio and Donalee Heier and husband Dick of Lincoln, Neb.; brother Gary Van Gerpen and wife Dolores of Helena, Mont.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
A service is 2 p.m. July 6 at First Baptist Church in Marble Falls with the reverends Max Copeland and Weldon French officiating. Interment will follow at Marble Falls City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center online at www.mdanderson.org or by mail to The University of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, P.O. Box 4487, Houston, TX 77210-4486.
Condolences may be offered at www.clementswilcoxfuneralhome.com.
Arrangements by Clements-Wilcox Funeral Home, 1805 U.S. 281 in Marble Falls, (830) 693-4373.