Gerwing, Theodore

Theodore "Ted" Gerwing

October 22, 1942 - August 13, 2016

Theodore “Ted” Paul Gerwing, 73, of McKinney, TX, went to his heavenly home to be with his Lord Jesus on Saturday, August 13, 2016, following a long battle against cancer.

Ted was born on October 22, 1942, in Sharon, PA, to the late Theodore G. and Ann S. Gerwing. He graduated in 1961 from Hickory High School in Hermitage, PA, and went to Penn State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering in 1966. Later he acquired his Master of Business Administration degree at the University of Pittsburgh. For the majority of his working career Ted served as the Associate Director of the Carnegie Mellon Research Institute in Pittsburgh, PA.

Ted met the love of his life, Carole Ruth Hartman, a fellow Penn State student, in 1964, and they were married on August 19, 1967. Ted was an Army ROTC Distinguished Military Graduate at Penn State and was commissioned on his graduation day as a 2nd Lieutenant. He then served in active duty from 1966 to 1969 in the United States Army, Air Defense Artillery. He attained the rank of Captain and was the Commander of B Battery Nike Missile Site outside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Ted, a faithful servant of our Lord, loved studying God’s Word, and he was an excellent adult Sunday School Bible teacher for much of his adult life. Through the years Ted had been an active member of Christ Lutheran Church in Sharon, PA; Circleville United Methodist Church in North Huntingdon, PA; New Life Presbyterian Church in Fruitland Park, FL; and most recently at Stonebriar Community Church in Frisco, TX. 

Ted is survived by his wife Carole; son Timothy A. Gerwing (Amy) of McKinney, TX; son Jeffrey D. Gerwing (Heather) of Livonia, MI; eleven grandchildren: Olivia, Nolan, Jonah, Madison, Charlotte, Julianna and Leah, all of McKinney, TX; and Hayley, Alyssa, Cole and Blake, all of Livonia, MI; his sister Joyce A. Gerwing-Grimm of Greenfield, IN; and his brother Robert W. Gerwing of Pittsburgh, PA.

A memorial service will be held in the Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home chapel on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 10 AM, with Pastor Michael Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial gifts may be made to Human Coalition at this link:   https://www.humancoalition.org/save-a-child/

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Carole, We are sorry to learn that Ted passed away. We didn't know until now. Ted was such an inspiration to everyone. Our sympathies to you and your family. In God's Love, -David and Janet Norton David and Janet Norton, June 29, 2018 Carol: We just found out about Ted's passing. We want to offer you our deepest condolences. Ron has many fond memories of working with Ted and having his counsel. We will miss him. Ron and Hilda Krutz Ron and Hilda Krutz, January 5, 2017 Dear Carole and Family, I can't begin to list all the wonderful memories I have. Ted was such a spiritual light to so many. As important as that is, he (and you) was the best friend you could have. The phone calls we shared after you moved away, especially during Joe's illness, were always perfectly timed. Your hospitality would be hard to beat. I just wish you weren't so far away, but in my heart you both are very close. I am so thankful to have Christian friends like you, knowing that soon we will again all be together - and what a time we will have! Take care of yourselves and cling on to God and all your memories. Love, and God' Peace - Nancy Zerbe Nancy Zerbe, August 22, 2016 Our Deepest Sympathy to you Carole,Tim & Jeff & their Families. In all the years we knew Ted, he was one of the nicest men we knew.He was such an avid soccer fan,always there to help if you needed him.His modest demeanor & his love for the game were evident while watching Tim play. It was a pleasure to be around him & talk about the events of the day. We enjoyed our time as soccer parents & most of all, we appreciated the time we spent with you & your family.Our hearts go out to you at this very sad time.But just knowing that he is with Our Lord,makes it so much easier ! Herman & Linda Ratica & Family, August 22, 2016 CAROLE, TIM, JEFF & FAMILIES, NOW IS THE TIME TO REMEMBER THAT GOD ENFOLDS YOU IN HIS HEALING LOVE. KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE, GOD IS WITH YOU ALWAYS, AND SO ARE THE PRAYERS OF THOSE WHO CARE ABOUT YOU. THE HOPE OF THE RESURRECTION BE YOURS. (John 11:25) IN CHRIST'S LOVE, DENE & DOROTHY PATTERSON MELBOURNE, FLORIDA D. PATTERSON, August 22, 2016 So sorry to learn of Ted's passing. I served with Ted at Herminie Nike Site 1967 to 1969. Glad we were able to visit during the 2011 reunion. Condolences to Ted's family. Robert Good, August 19, 2016 I will never forget the day that Ted first arrived at Battery B. Dave Traugott, the Battery Commander and I, were so excited to see a new Lieutenant to help we could not stand it. Larry Delp was not far behind and for a number of months we had some fantastic memories. Ted and his wife Carole, moved into our rented house after my wife, Carol Ann, and I left the Irwin area to return to civilian life in Connecticut. I have wonderful memories of Ted and I am sorry to hear of his passing. Our best wishes to Carole and his family. Bob Varo, August 18, 2016 I am so sad to hear of the passing of Ted. I am a veteran of B Battery, 3rd Msl Bn, Herminie. I first met Ted in 2006. At the time, I was looking to find other veterans of the Herminie Nike site. It was very kind of him to take time to visit with my wife and I when we came to Greensburg. We had a very nice visit, including a discussion about a possible B Battery reunion. Thanks to Ted's encouragement, we had reunions in 2008 and 2011. I did not serve under Ted, but from the positive comments from other veterans, I know he must have been a fine soldier and leader. I pray for God's Grace to be upon you and all of your family, Carole. Don Wellman B Battery, 3rd Msl Bn, 1st Arty 1958 -1961. Don Wellman, August 18, 2016 I was very sad to hear this news from our mutual friend Don Wellman. I served under Ted ( I never called him that it was always Cpt. Gerwing). Cpt. Gerwing taught me how to be a good officer -- it was a pleasure to serve with him. I did get to see Ted at our Herminie re-union in 2011. I really enjoyed re-living old memories. He was truly an officer and a gentlemen. I know he was a man of great faith and I"m sure is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. As an Artillery man knows I'll see you some day on Fiddler's Green. My sincere condolences to the family. Frank Mellage , August 18, 2016 So sorry for the news. We had tried to make contact with you two in The Villages last January while visiting friends there. We have such good memories of you two, especially during our last 4 years at Circleville and around the time of Dwaynes birth. May you know peace in abundance from a very present and loving God. Brian and Elaine Brian Bauknight, August 18, 2016 Dear Carole, Tim, Jeff and Families, Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We have only the fondest memories of the Gerwing family during our time at the Circleville UMC. Your devotion and commitment to Christ and the church were truly and inspiration to so many of us. Ted leadership was always appreciated and respected. In the coming days, may your hollowed memories and abiding faith sustain you. Peace, The Bishop Family Rev. and Mrs. Franklin D. Bishop, August 17, 2016