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“I met Dr Wes back in 1980. I was a student of his that took as many classes as I could of his. He has had a huge impact on my life. There is almost...Read More »
1 of 40 | Posted by: Robert Lucas - Rochester, NY

“We are so sorry we could not be there o expresss our condolences personally. With a granddaughter's wedding, hosting family from out of state, and...Read More »
2 of 40 | Posted by: Dave and SHaron vonGunten - IN

“I had the privilege to sit under Dr. Wes' teaching at FWBC in the 1980's. He was such a Godly man and there is not a day that goes by that I don't...Read More »
3 of 40 | Posted by: Robert Lucas - Penfield, NY

“I had the privilege to sit under Dr. Wes' teaching at FWBC in the 1980's. He was such a Godly man and there is not a day that goes by that I don't...Read More »
4 of 40 | Posted by: Robert Lucas - Penfield, NY

“My heart is sadden by his passing..but I rejoice with His Spirit...So glad your free from the life that held you free to love and serve as...Read More »
5 of 40 | Posted by: Lisa Vanderleest - FORT WAYNE, IN

“We were so sorry to miss the viewing and funeral but work and family obligations kept us from coming. We are so sorry about your father, and we...Read More »
6 of 40 | Posted by: Bill & Karla Rieth - Goshen, IN

“We thank God for Dr. Wes's life and example, truly a good and faithful servant of the Lord. Our hearts and prayers are with the Gerig family. ”
7 of 40 | Posted by: Tim and Ruth Stuck

“To the Gerig Family - I express my sympathy to you. I'm praying God's grace and comfort and peace. At the same time, I rejoice in that Wes is in...Read More »
8 of 40 | Posted by: Kent Norr - Wauseon, OH - Student

“Due to present health issues we are sending our "Sympathy' to the very dear Gerig family.Wes, was a God like mentor, pastor (an interim at Harvester...Read More »
9 of 40 | Posted by: Duwain & Mary Ann Meyers - IN

“Dad & Mom Ringenberg preached @ Cleveland Missionary Church after Dr. and Mrs. Jared and Mildred Gerig were there. He has many fond memories of Dr....Read More »
10 of 40 | Posted by: yvonne nigh - Woodburn, IN

“Heaven has welcomed a wonderful man and scholar ”
11 of 40 | Posted by: John McMindes - Canisteo, NY

“My deepest sympathies to all family members. His service has been appreciated by many. Theology classes were challenging and life changing. So...Read More »
12 of 40 | Posted by: Susan Etzcorn - Celina, OH

“I, Linda Perkins Smith, was in a trio with Sally (Carr) Hall and Jan (Schumacher) Logan in 1965-66 and traveled with Dr Wes to churches on the week...Read More »
13 of 40 | Posted by: Linda Smith - Phoenix, AZ

“May the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion, comfort you in this loss.Dr. Wes was convinced of his beliefs, combative...Read More »
14 of 40 | Posted by: Dave and Lolly Erdel

“Thank you Dr. Wes for your many years of service to the Lord at the Fort Wayne Bible College and our community. I (Annette) grew up at First...Read More »
15 of 40 | Posted by: Annette Becker - Orlando, FL

“So sorry for your loss but rejoicing in his greeting with Jesus! He was a wonderful man and made my 27years at Fort Wayne Bible, Summit Christian,...Read More »
16 of 40 | Posted by: Linda Newman - Fort wayne, IN

“Jeanne, John, Jeff and Jerry,We are so sorry to hear about the passing of your father, but know that he is rejoicing in the presence of his Lord and...Read More »
17 of 40 | Posted by: Tim Welty - Ankeny, IA

“Dr. Wes was truly a treasure from God. He was one of the rare people that God places in our lives that have the unshakable faith: "O faith, that will...Read More »
18 of 40 | Posted by: Rhonda Berkemeier - Student

“My prayers are with you & my deepest sympathy. I love you. ”
19 of 40 | Posted by: Betty Kiningham - FULTON, MO

“Thank you, Dr Wes, for standing firm on God's Word and teaching with passion and compassion! You taught and showed me how important it is to walk...Read More »
20 of 40 | Posted by: Lisa Sprunger Nickel - Corn, OK

“I learned so much under Dr. Wes, I cannot imagine where I would be today without his influence in my life. Jeanne and John and the rest of your...Read More »
21 of 40 | Posted by: Larry Rogers - Lancaster, OH

“We had not spoken to Dr. Wes in years. He taught a SS class that we visited. We were blessed that he remembered us and was so very gracious as we...Read More »
22 of 40 | Posted by: Paul and Judi Shisler - IL

“Almost as much as I loved his teaching, I loved his stories of his grandmother and their relationship. This same godly heritage has been passed on...Read More »
23 of 40 | Posted by: Cathy Schrock - Fort Wayne, IN

“Love and prayers today and the days ahead. Heaven is sure sweeter. I loved your parents. I learned so much from not only Dr Wes's class but his life...Read More »
24 of 40 | Posted by: Shellie Kale-Burden - Leo

“You were a blessing And truly used of God . Well done good and faithful servant ”
25 of 40 | Posted by: Karen Whitman - Chicago, IL

“A much-loved man of God whom God used to touch so many lives including ours. The interim pastoral time he spent at First Missionary Church in Berne...Read More »
26 of 40 | Posted by: Max & Cathy Haines - Berne, IN

“I will never forget his influence on my Christian life and growth in studying the Word. He was a inspirational light as he pastored at Grace Church. ”
27 of 40 | Posted by: Helen Elaine Hackett - Celina, OH

“One of the most Godly men I have ever had the privilege of learning from. A great defender of God's Word. He earned my utmost respect. Last time...Read More »
28 of 40 | Posted by: Arthur Hauser - HUNTERTOWN, IN

“I never got good grades in his class but when I came to him one on one he showed such compassion. He will be missed by many and me. Prayers for your...Read More »
29 of 40 | Posted by: Bethann Darling - Elkhart, IN

“Dr. Wes was one of my earliest acquaintances as a boy of the Missionary Church and FWBC As he and his wife were guest in our home for Sunday dinner....Read More »
30 of 40 | Posted by: Earl Cecil - Indianapolis, IN

“Gerig family, Thank You so much for continually sharing your dad and grandfather with thousands of students. I was also privileged to have him be my...Read More »
31 of 40 | Posted by: Carol Goldsmith - Delta, OH

“My fondest memories of Dr. Wes are not of the grades that I earned in his courses, but of the four and a half years I played in the 'Bible College...Read More »
32 of 40 | Posted by: Dan Herr - Fort Wayne, IN

“To the children and relatives of Dr. Wes, I wanted to express my condolences that he is now gone from this life, but my happiness that he is united...Read More »
33 of 40 | Posted by: Eric Hostetler - Whitsett, NC

“Dr. Wes exemplified the love of God in Christ Jesus. Our condolences to his wonderful family. ”
34 of 40 | Posted by: Mert Pekrul - Mesa, AZ - Student

“Dr. Wes was such an engaging, solid Bible teacher. The truths that he taught me still come to mind and continue to point me to Christ. He was a...Read More »
35 of 40 | Posted by: Vivian Haney - Mishawaka, IN

“It has been wonderful for me as I've visited Wes these past few years. His love for our Lord Jesus and his devotion to study and sharing the Word...Read More »
36 of 40 | Posted by: Laura McKee McKee - Kendallville, IN

“I was privileged to be on staff when Dr. Wes served an interim pastorate at First Missionary Church in Berne over 40 years ago. Wonderful memories...Read More »
37 of 40 | Posted by: Jim D'Arcy - Marlette, MI

“Thinking of you, John & Julie and praying that our Lord will continue to comfort you ”
38 of 40 | Posted by: DeLora Fennig - Berne, IN

“I was a student at Fort Wayne Bible College where Dr. Wes Gerig taught my theology and Bible courses. He and his family made me feel accepted....Read More »
39 of 40 | Posted by: David,Dawn, and Rebecca Fansler - IN

“Dr. Wes, as he was affectionately known, was my Bible & theology professor at Fort Wayne Bible College and my pastor for many years at Harvester...Read More »
40 of 40 | Posted by: Jeff Pepple - Leo, IN - Friend

Dr. Wesley Gerig, 88, passed away Sunday, June 9, 2019, at Ashton Creek Health & Rehabilitation Center. Wes graduated from South Side High School in 1948 and Fort Wayne Bible College in 1951. He received advanced degrees from Fuller Theological Seminary and the University of Iowa. From 1957 until 2008, Dr. Wes taught Bible, theology, and biblical languages at Fort Wayne Bible College, which later became Taylor University Fort Wayne. He also preached as interim pastor at several local churchess, in addition to many camps, conferences, and congregations throughout the USA and around the world. A devoted Christ follower and passionate scholar of the Bible, he was one of the original translators of the New International Version (NIV). He was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Carolyn Gerig, and his parents, Dr. and Mrs. Jared and Mildred Gerig. He is survived by his four children: Jeanne (Tim) Johnson; John (Julie) Gerig; Jeff (Jean) Gerig; Jerry (Laura) Gerig; and thirteen grandchildren. In addition, he is survived by his sister Gwen (Art) Riewald and brother Bill (Joyce) Gerig. Visitation is Wednesday, June 12, from 3 to 8 p.m. at D. O. McComb & Sons -Foster Park, 6301 Fairfield Ave. Funeral service is 10:30 a.m. Thursday, June 13, 2019, at First Missionary Church 701 W. Rudisill Blvd., with viewing one hour before from 9:30-10:30. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to World Partners of the Missionary Church (Specify "MEM146," PO 9333, Fort Wayne, IN 46899) or to the Fort Wayne Alumni Center (3901 South Wayne Avenue, Fort Wayne 46807) for the establishment of a Taylor University memorial student scholarship. To sign the online guestbook please visit,