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In Memory of

William John Gehlen

October 16, 1919 - May 16, 2017

Obituary


Willliam J. Gehlen, Jr. born on October 16, 1919, died on May 16, 2017, at the Bay Ridge facility of Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Colgate University in 1940 and received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1942. He entered the Navy and served a tour of duty in the Pacific Theater and the Bureau of Ordinance until his discharge in 1946. After the war, he spent one year teaching economics at Colgate before joining Scott Paper Company in 1947 where...

Willliam J. Gehlen, Jr. born on October 16, 1919, died on May 16, 2017, at the Bay Ridge facility of Westminster Village in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Born in Brooklyn, New York, he graduated from Colgate University in 1940 and received a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1942. He entered the Navy and served a tour of duty in the Pacific Theater and the Bureau of Ordinance until his discharge in 1946. After the war, he spent one year teaching economics at Colgate before joining Scott Paper Company in 1947 where he worked for twenty-seven years rising to the position of Division Vice President of Scott Paper Company’s Southern Operations. In 1974, he joined the First National Bank of Mobile as President.



Mr. Gehlen’s love of education and service to his community were evidenced in his many civic activities. He was Chairman of the Board of the United Fund of Mobile, Director and past President of America’s Junior Miss program, member of the Board of Trustees of the Mobile Infirmary, member of the Board of Directors of the YMCA, Director of the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce where he served as Chairman of the Aviation Committee and the Mobile Area Council Boy Scouts where he served as president from 1972-1973. He was a member of the Advisory Committee of the Industrial Management Club, the U.S. Savings Bond Committee, Auburn University School of Business Advisory Council, the Executive Committee of the South Alabama Regional Goals Forum and Rotary.



He was an avid golfer who enjoyed playing golf at the Country Club of Mobile and Lakewood Golf Club. He was adept at electronics and woodworking earning the family name of “Mr. Fix It.” A man of honor and integrity, his education and interests made him a stalwart supporter of young people, and indeed, all his family.





Mr. Gehlen was predeceased by his first wife, Bea, and is survived by his second wife, Norma Jean Damrich; his daughter, Deborah Gehlen Denniston; grandchildren Dwain C. Denniston, Jr.(Sara) and William Gehlen Denniston; great-grandchildren Gordon Denniston and Charlotte Denniston; step-children Michael Damrich (Suzanne), Steven Damrich (Shannon), Patty Uremovich (Mike); Debbie Sullivan (Steve) and David Damrich as well as their children.



Church services will be held at St. James Chapel, Fairhope, Alabama on



Saturday, May 20th at 11:00. A private burial will be held on Monday, May 22nd at Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile, Alabama. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Mobile Infirmary.



Arrangements by Radney Funeral Home and Pine Crest Cemetery, Mobile Alabama.