Charles "Charlie" Gebhardt

October 11, 1931 - December 25, 2019



Charles E. Gebhardt   “Charlie or Chuck”

Born Oct. 11, 1931 – Died Dec. 25, 2019.   

Parents Charles R. and Rose C. (Norten) Gebhardt lived in River Grove, Franklin Park, Northlake, Bensenville, West Chicago, Wheaton. And Belvidere, Ill. He graduated from Leyden High School Franklin Park, 1949 He worked on Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad. He also played pro-baseball for 1 season. He is a certified graduate of College of Advanced Traffic. During “slow-time” on railroad he worked as representative for Seaboard & MKT Railroads. He was recognized for his vast knowledge of railroading. He spent many years on the IHB RR as switchman, conductor, yardmaster, from Norpaul yard in Franklin Park, Il. He was a strong advocate in the United Transportation Union (UTU) of which he was proud to have served. Shortly after his retirement from the RR of 45 years he found himself telling Linn how she could do housework more efficiently. Her look in return convinced him to take up a union request helping Hoey& Farina law firm with RR injuries. He then did that for over 20 years. He enjoyed what he did, and Linn’s housework continued on efficiently.

In 1950 to 1953 he was on active duty with the U. S. Army at Camp Gordon, Ga., Fort Benning, Ga.(OCS) Schooled as a cryptographer (top secret) and went to Korea in July 1950 at the Naktong Bulge of the Pusan Perimeter Inchon landing, then to North Korea with 31st RCT @ ChosinResevior in Nov. & Dec. 1950. He became 2nd Lieutenant in South Korea 27thwith Infantry Regt. Returning to U.S. in July 1951. Served with engineer unit @ Cp. Wolters, TX. And returned to South Korea  July 1952. Working at airfields K-14 (Kimpo) and K-16 (Seoul) with 811 engineer aviation Bn. Returning again to U.S. 1953. Completing active duty Dec. 1953. He had earned many medals including Combat Infantry Badge, Distinguished Service Cross, Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, and Presidential Unit Citation Medals (3).

In 1970 he married Linnea (Linn) M. Johnson and they had two children John (Christina) and Julie Lynn (David Dyrud) both of Minnesota. He also had 4 grandchildren Amethyst, Joshua, Larrisa, Caleb and 3 great grand children. He is also survived by his sister Marie Garrett, his nephews Chuck (Kathy), Dave (Jeannie),he will be sorely missed.

Charles was a life-member of the Knights of Columbus-3rd degree Council 735, St. James, Belvidere…Knights of Columbus, 4th Degree, Assembly190, Rockford, Il….VFW,Life member Post1461 Belvidere, Il….American Legion, Post 77 Belvidere, Il….The Chosin Few, National Fraternity of Honor…Korea War Veterans Association, Greater Rockford Chapter 272…Loyal Order of Moose, Belvidere, Il. Lodge 295…United Transportation Union (UTU)Local 1421.

He is presided in death by his father (1971), his mother (1989), his mother & father in-law, and his nephew William H. Garrett (2017)

He remembered well his school classmates, fellow workers, those whom he served with in the Army, and relatives through their advice and examples…he felt he had come through life on “shoulders of giants.” His love for Linn, John, and Julie are what made him respected and motivated to do good in always.

The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services, 218 W. Hurlbut Ave., Belvidere, IL, 61008. A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church St., Belvidere, IL, 61008 Rev. Brian Geary will be officiating . The Burial will be at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery at 12:00 p.m., Tuesday, December 31, 2019. . To light a candle or write a condolence, please visit

Service Schedule

Sunday, December 29, 2019
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services

218 West Hurlbut Ave
Belvidere, IL 61008


The visitation will be from 4-8 p.m., Sunday, December 29, 2019 at Anderson Funeral and Cremation Services.

Monday, December 30, 2019
10:00 am

St. James Catholic Church

A funeral mass will be at 10 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019 at St. James Catholic Church, 402 Church St., Belvidere, IL, 61008.

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Charlie was a great person and his spirit is now free. I so much appreciated being able to interview him on his Korean War experiences and for his story. God bless him.

Margaret Downing 2020-01-24T12:05:01

One of the finest men I have ever known. May he rest in peace until we meet again..

Penny Schiller 2019-12-28T20:42:25

Peace be with you Charlie. The Fisk family extends our deepest condolences to your family and our profound gratitude for the privilege of knowing Charlie.

John Fisk 2019-12-28T15:39:48

We love you!!! There are no words…

Jeannie and Dave Garrett 2019-12-28T13:33:16

This fine man has served God and country very well! It has been an honor to share railroad stories over the last few years with Charlie. I know he is going to join some great railroaders that he talked about in heaven…. Charlie has cought his train!

Anthony Tillman 2019-12-28T13:28:54

Simply one of the finest men I’ve ever known.

James Farina 2019-12-28T08:49:27

Thank you for being a friend and a fellow brother in the Knights of Columbus!

Kenneth Olsen 2019-12-27T18:12:37

Rest in peace brave warrior. You’ve served your country, your family and your community well. Your friendship and kindness will always be remembered. Thanks for all you did and all you are. My condolences to your family and friends.

Robert Ryder 2019-12-27T17:10:30

Words can’t explain the impact you and Aunt Linn had on our lives. Never a bad word said about any one from you. My children loved coming to visit when you were in town here or when we were there. Always happy to see us. We know where you are and look forward to seeing you at the end of our journey. My deepest sympathies to Aunt Linn, Johnny, Julie and Panda.

Billy Garrett 2019-12-27T12:32:40

Charlie was always a gentle man. His smile said “hello and good to see you”. Linn and family, you were blessed to have Charlie, your Gentle Giant, as your husband, father, brother and uncle. Heaven has another special Angel. Lenny, Pat and Bill were waiting for Charlie with open arms.
Peace and live be with you.

Sue Schachtner Babcock 2019-12-27T09:11:14

To my beloved husband…you are so blessed to be with God at this Christmas time. Christmas will always be your beginning and I hope to join you someday. Until then, know that I will always love you. I am so glad that you came into my life and there will never be another you.

Linn Gebhardt 2019-12-27T05:08:35

What a legacy of service this man has given to his family! Prayers for peace and safe travels for his family as they gather to honor his life.

Pete and Terrell Kerr 2019-12-26T22:05:30

Always remembering everything you said/taught me in life Uncle Charlie. You will be missed and I love you. You are now in a Better place and with loved ones. Love ya. Your nephew Jim Garrett. P.s love your obituary you wrote. Perfect!!

Jim garrett 2019-12-26T21:56:55

You will missed so much Uncle Charlie. You were so loved and such an inspiration to all of us. Thank you for all you did for me and my family.

Kathy Garrett 2019-12-26T20:35:59


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