Gilbert Walter Foertsch was born on July 24, 1933 to parents Oscar and Edna (Polster) Foertsch. He was reborn by God’s grace in Christ Jesus in the waters of Holy Baptism on August 10, 1933 at St. John’s Ev. Lutheran Church, Evanston, Indiana by Rev. F. Breuer. His baptismal faith was nurtured through God’s Word taught in his home and at church. On March 30, 1947, at St. John’s, he publically confessed his baptismal faith and was confirmed by Rev. Otto Mueller. For Gib’s confirmation verse Pastor Mueller chose Revelation 2:10 “Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.” Gib rejoiced to receive the life-giving body and blood of Jesus. On April 12, 1958 the Lord united Mona Faye Huebschman and Gib in the blessed estate of marriage. They were married at Emmanuel Lutheran Church by Rev. John E. Schroeder. The Lord blessed them with 63 years of married life together. God also blessed their marriage with the gift of children: Jeff & David. God blessed Gib’s life with many special people as he served God in his vocations at home, church, work, and in the community. He served the Lord laboring for 42 years for Can Clay. He had also served the Lord as a soldier in the U.S. Army. Gib was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church were he served faithfully on several boards and committees, serving as a deacon or trustee for 32 years.
On August 21, 2021, God called Gib home to heaven. He fell asleep in Jesus’ loving arms at PCMH. On Saturday, August, 2021 the Lord delivered Gib from this valley of sorrow and took him Home to Himself in Heaven. Gib fell asleep in Jesus’ nail scarred hands at Perry County Memorial Hospital, Tell City, at the age of 88.
Left to look forward to the grand family reunion that awaits all Christians on the Last Day in the resurrection of their bodies and the life of the world to come are his wife, Faye, sons, Jeff Foertsch of Tell City, IN and David (Mary) Foertsch of Jasper, IN; grandchildren, Ryen, Dustie, Kyle, Kaci; great grandchildren, Clara, Alexander, Ruby, Sawyer, Julia and Conner. He was preceded Home to Heaven through death by his parents and brother Oscar.
Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.
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