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Calvin Otto Gerber

June 4, 1937 ~ April 18, 2022 (age 84)


Calvin Otto Gerber, age 84 of Bluffton, SC passed away on April 18, 2022 at Sprenger Health Center.

Mr. Gerber was born on June 4, 1937 to the late Otto Robert Gerber and Nova Mae Lehman Gerber in Wausau, Wisconsin.

Mr. Gerber was a graduate of Heidelberg College in Tiffin OH where he received his BA in 1959; United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, MN where he received his BD in 1962; Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH where he received is MA in 1970 and Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, TN where he received his D.Min. in 1974.

Mr. Gerber was ordained in 1962 by the United Church of Christ and held the following positions:  Faith Community United Church of Christ (Pastor), Toledo, OH (retired in 1999); River East Economic Revitalization Corporation, Toledo, OH (Economic Development Specialist); Memorial United Church of Christ (Pastor), Toledo, OH; First Congregational United Church of Christ (Pastor), Ashtabula, OH; Lakeland College (Campus Minister & Instructor Religion), Sheboygan, Wisconsin and  his first church, Salem (now Trinity) United Church of Christ (Pastor), Canal Fulton, OH.

Pastor Gerber’s involvements during his career were:  Executive Committee, United Church Homes Board of Trustees (senior housing/care); Chair of Finance & Budget, Ohio Conference U.C.C. Board of Trustees; Originator, Director & Bible Teacher of Confirmation Camp (Ohio Conf.); General Synod U.C.C. Delegate four times; Television: co-host, co-producer, writer for “Acorn Alley” (an ecumenical weekly children’s religious program); opened an Employment  Resource Center at Memorial U.C.C. and State of Ohio Real Estate License with Sulphur Springs Realty, Inc. in Toledo, OH.

Pastor Gerber and his wife, Carolyn moved to Sun City, Hilton Head in the early 2000’s to enjoy the sun and golf.  His favorite past time was participating in the Sun City Chorus.

Pastor Gerber is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Gerber; his children, John (Karen) Gerber of Clyde, OH, Greg (Beth) Gerber of Richfield, OH and Mike (Abby) Gerber of Shelby Township, MI; step children, Scott (Juli) Kubicki, Sammanish, WA and Shelley Kubicki of IN; Grandchildren, Kayla (Mike) Perman, Greta, Maria, David, Anna Margaret and Sam Gerber and step grandchildren Benjamin, Kathryn and Jakob Kubicki; great grandsons, Calvin and Cameron Perman; his brother, Richard "Dick" Gerber (Jane) of MN; and sister-in-law, Karen Gerber of OH. He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Gerber. 

Memorial service to be held May 21, 2022 at Memorial UCC in Toledo, Ohio.   In lieu of flowers, please consider sending donations in memory of Pastor Gerber to a charity of your choice.


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