July 10, 2016
Frederick A. Gerken, Jr., 95, passed away Sunday, July 10, 2016, at his home on Holcomb St., Watertown with his family by his side.
A funeral service will be held at Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., 214 Sterling St., Watertown on Monday, July 18, at 11AM. After the service the family will receive friends at Ives Hill Country Club. There will be no calling hours.
Fred was born in St. Louis, MO on April 20, 1921, son of Frederick A. and Gertrude (Williams) Gerken, Sr. and he attended schools in St. Louis. On August 12, 1943 he entered the US Navy. He received the American Campaign and World War II Victory Medals and was honorably discharged on December 8, 1945. He married Mary Herlehy on June 10, 1949 in Jersey City, NJ and Mrs. Gerken died on April 6, 2014.
From 1938 - 1954 Fred was a professional baseball player. He then worked at J. R. Miller Co. and The Globe Store in Watertown. In 1958 he began his career with W. T. Burns, Watertown, as a truck driver, driving for the company until his retirement in 1982. From 1987 - 2008 he worked for the Tournament Players Club at Eagle Trace Golf Course in Coral Springs, FL.
He was a member of Pompano Beach (FL) Elks Lodge, Watertown Golf Club and Ives Hill Country Club. Fred was a player and coach for the Watertown Athletics. He enjoyed baseball, golf and skiing.
He is survived by a daughter from his first marriage, Patsy and Bill Farr, Fremont, OH; his two sons, Gary F. and Karen E. Gerken and David J. and Candi A. Gerken, all of Watertown; his two daughters, Teri G. and Thomas Austin, Cazenovia and Lanie M. Cahill, Watertown; eight grandchildren, Kylie, Travis, Shane, Skylar and Chance Gerken, Amy Mitchell, Sara Michaud, and Will Austin; five great grandchildren, Trent and Tony Mitchell, Nick Tufo, and Austin and Aydin Michaud; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was predeceased by daughter-in-law, Kathy L. Gerken, June 12, 1992, and son-in-law, Jim T. Cahill, June 23, 2005.
Donations in his name may be made to either Hospice of Jefferson County, 1398 Gotham St. or Immaculate Heart Central's Varsity Baseball Team, attention Mike Delaney, 1316 Ives St., both in Watertown, NY 13601. Online condolences to his family may be made at www.cummingsfuneral.com.