Edward "Ed" Gahlbeck

October 23, 1946 - August 22, 2020



Edward “Ed” Gahlbeck, 73, of Belvidere, IL passed away on Saturday, August 22, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. Ed was born on October 23, 1946 to Richard and Marjorie (Luce) Gahlbeck in Belvidere, IL. He married his high school sweetheart, Linda Koch, on December 30, 1967 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Belvidere. Ed graduated from Belvidere High School and later went on to work at Cassens Transport as a truck driver for over 30 years. He found his spiritual home at Immanuel Lutheran Church and was a faithful member for many years. Ed was a member of the Teamsters Local 325, for which he served as Union Stewart for Cassens. He was also the former vice president of the union. Ed was a member of the original Belvidere Merchants Softball team. He played 1st base, was the clean-up hitter, and was known for his homeruns. Ed enjoyed fishing, playing softball, polka dancing, watching Nascar, and entertaining his friends and family at the cabin on Eagle Lake. His grandchildren became the center of his universe, and he was always their biggest fan. Most importantly, he loved his family, and they cherished the time they had with him.

Ed will be dearly missed by his wife of 52 years, Linda; his children, Sherry (Paul) Jacobsen and Scott (Dawn) Gahlbeck; his sisters, Shirley Ollman and Carol Powell; his grandchildren, Matthew, Bryce, and Allison Jacobsen, and Barrett Gahlbeck; and his many close friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, John Gahlbeck.

A walk-through visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1045 Belvidere Rd, Belvidere, IL 61008. The funeral will follow at 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Rev. Keith Richard will be officiating. With a burial at Belvidere Cemetery. In accordance with state guidelines, only 100 people will be allowed in the church during the visitation and funeral ceremony. Due to state guidelines, masks and social distancing are encouraged. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Ed’s name may be gifted to the American Diabetes Association. To write a memory, please visit

Service Schedule

Friday, August 28, 2020
10:00 am - 11:45 am

Immanuel Lutheran Church


A walk-through visitation will be from 10:00 a.m. until 11:45 a.m. on Friday, August 28, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Friday, August 28, 2020
12:00 pm

Immanuel Lutheran Church


The funeral will follow at 12:00 p.m., Friday, August 28, 2020 at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

Belvidere Cemetery

With a burial at Belvidere Cemetery.

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My thoughts are prayers are with you and your family Scott. Be strong!

Nandu 2020-08-31T15:25:18

Our family would like to extend our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of your father, Ed.

Mark Delaney 2020-08-27T11:03:48

I played alot of ball with the Belvidere Merchants (1973 – 1984). I played second base. Eddie was the best first baseman I ever played with. He could hit the long ball also. The Belvidere Merchants was a tight team on and off the field. I’m going to miss both Eddie & Johnnie. I now live in the exciting village of Fox Crossing in Wisconsin. God bless Linda and the rest of the family members.

REX BROCKMAN 2020-08-26T18:44:52

I’m so sorry for the loss of your father. I hope the good memories you have of him will comfort you and your family.

Ki Soon Ko 2020-08-26T11:01:17

Truly Sorry for you Loss
May God Give You Peace during this time of Grief.

Hank Mills 2020-08-26T08:43:13

Terribly sorry for your loss.

Jerry Zalesak 2020-08-26T08:29:32

I am very sorry for your loss. I remember him and has chevy with a 409 engine.

Les Molander 2020-08-26T07:28:36

So sorry Linda that you have lost your Ed. He was the best neighbor we could have ever wished for at the cabin. He will be missed. Take care and God Bless you and your family.

Judy/Darrell Franks 2020-08-25T20:01:12

Ed was always great company at Koch family picnics at the farm and anywhere else we all gathered. He leaves many happy memories for all of us who had the pleasure of knowing him.

Ken Swanson 2020-08-25T17:48:13

Linda, so sorry for your loss. God be with you and your family. Praying for you all.

Carol Guthrie-Booker 2020-08-25T16:58:18

Linda ,Scott, Sherry, and family,I am sorry for your loss. We all will miss Ed very much. I was truly blessed to have been able to work and play softball with him. He helped me so much at work. He always cared about how you were doing and if you needed anything. He was like a big brother to me . My prayers are with you always.

Kim Bicksler 2020-08-25T07:22:38

Linda and family. Sorry to for your loss. I always thought the world of Ed. He was truly a gentle giant

Mark Rhode 2020-08-24T23:25:57

We remember the fun times fishing and the wonderful dances! Ed had a very full life and his family did a great job being there for him! Sorry I won’t come a little over a week since knee replaced at Mayos and I had trouble even riding to Winnebago today from Pec! You are all in my prayers and thoughts! Sue and Walt

Susan Behnke Mangus and Walt Mangus 2020-08-24T22:52:29

Prayers to you and your family during this time of loss. It was a pleasure to share stories and get to know your family during the Eagle Lake Picnics. May the fun lake memories you hold give peace.

Your Eagle Lake neighbors
Steven and June (Johnson) Bernard

June and Steven Bernard 2020-08-24T22:05:27

Ed was such a nice man. He fought the fight and now I pray he is at peace. Prayers for Linda and the family. Anita and family

Anita Feltes 2020-08-24T19:29:59

Ed was such a large gentle giant. He always welcomed you. I will always remember the dances in the basement of his folks and how well the two of you danced together❤️He is surely in a pain free place home with the Lord🙏🏻

Valli Jo Rubeck 2020-08-24T19:05:45


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