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Art J. Gerber, Jr.January 8, 1938 ~ August 28, 2017 (age 79)
Arthur Joseph Gerber, Jr. died August 28, 2017 at his home in Santa Claus, Indiana at the age of 79. He was born January 8, 1938 the oldest child of Mary Lou Jumps of Evansville, IN and the late Arthur J. Gerber, Sr. of Carson Coty Nevada. His parents preceded him in death.
Art attended elementary school in Cannelton where he lived with his grandparents, William J. Gerber, Sr. and his wife, Anna Gerber. He attended high school at Chaminade College Preparatory School for boys in St. Louis, Missouri. He received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Purdue University in 1960.
He served as a medic in the U.S. Air Force. Art became involved in the photography business which developed film and eventually became a portrait studio, Art Gerber Studio, serving the Perry County community until his retirement in 2011.
Art was an avid collector of Indian artifacts, enjoyed hunting artifacts, spelunking, taking photographs and traveling. He was a member of the Genuine Indian Relic, the Central States Artifact Society and the Professional Photographers of America for many years. Art was also a member of American Legion Post #213.
He was instrumental in the development of the annual Owensboro Indian Artifact Show which continued for 33 years. Late in life Art wrote a book “The Art Gerber Story”. He was a Kentucky “Colonel,” and an Indiana “Sagamore of the Wabash” and a Georgia “Lieutenant Colonel.”
He is survived by a sister, Mary Gertrude Gerber Frye and his domestic companion of seventeen years, Sara Maier Songer.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be at 10:00 AM Saturday, September 2, 2017 at St. Michael Catholic Church in Cannelton, Indiana with burial in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery, where there will be military graveside rites conducted by American Legion Post #213. Rev. Sengole Thomas G. will officiate. Visitation will be from 4:00 until 8:00 PM Friday and from 8:30 until 9:30 AM Saturday at Huber Funeral Home, Tell City Chapel.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Michael Catholic Church. Messages of condolence may be sent to www.huberfuneralhome.net.