Meriden- Lawrence A. Gehrke, 89, husband of Elaine (Maronde) Gehrke passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at Masonic Healthcare. He was born October 26, 1925 in Solon, Maine a son of the late Albert F. and Mabel (Kiger) Gehrke Jr. Lawrence proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII. He was stationed in Iran, transportation corp. for 2 years. After the service he returned to Maine and worked in construction. In 1949 he moved to Connecticut and worked for CL&P for 32 years before retiring. He then moved to Embden, Maine, where he built a house and lived for the next 22 years. Lawrence enjoyed wood working, hunting and feeding the wild life. In addition to his wife Elaine, he is survived by a son, Jeffrey Gehrke of Litchfield, NH, a daughter, Laurel Strielkauskas of Meriden and two granddaughters, Stacy and Abby Strielkauskas. A funeral service will be held on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 10;30am at Beecher & Bennett-Flatow Funeral Home, 48 Cook Ave., Meriden. Burial will follow at CT. State Veteran's Cemetery, Bow Lane, Middletown. Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home on Thursday from 9:30-10:30, prior to the service.

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  1. Deeply sorrowful to hear of Larry’s passing. As a kid I did odd jobs around his home in Embden, and knew Larry as a very generous and kind person. I am grateful to have known Larry and offer my condolences to his family.

  2. Mrs. Gehrke, Jeffrey and Laurel, I am so sorry to read of the death of your husband and father. Please accept my sincere condolences. May your many warm and precious memories bring you solace. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4 lets us know that GOD is a comforter. Rely continually on HIM as you move through this time of grief.

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