GEMBEL, John "Dutch" - of Johannesburg, formerly of Flint, age 85, died Tuesday, February 9, 2010 at Northern Michigan Hospital, Petoskey. Funeral services will be 1 PM Saturday, February 13, 2010 at the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio. Burial will be at Flint Memorial Park with military honors. Friends may call at the Nelson Funeral Home in Gaylord on Thursday from 1-7 PM, and the O'Guinn Family Funeral Home in Clio on Friday from 1-9 PM and on Saturday from 11 AM until time of services at 1 PM. Contributions in his memory may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Dutch was born on April 19, 1924 in Hazelton, PA to the late Simon and Ella Gembel. He was a resident of Flint most of his life retiring to the north in 1974. He married Anna Chaya on August 31, 1946. Mr. Gembel served in the US Army from 1940 to 1945 and was in the 1st Infantry Division, 26th Regiment (Blue Spaders) on Omaha Beach. He served in all of the major campaigns under General Patton and had been an orderly under Teddy Roosevelt Jr. He was a POW in North Africa in 1943. Mr. Gembel was the Legion of Honor Recipient from the French Government in 2007 and met President Clinton at the 50th Commemorative on the USS George Washington. He retired from Flint Truck Assembly in 1978 as a General Supervisor. He was a member of the VFW, FOE, American Legion and the Knights of Columbus all in Gaylord.
Surviving are: wife, Anna; 2 sons, Kenneth (Jeannie) Gembel of Clio, Lawrence (Linda) Gembel of Davison; 4 grandchildren, Kenneth II (Allicia), Kevin (fianc� Kari), Christopher (Gina) and Jennifer; 3 great-grandchildren, Lilly, Lexi and Maria; brother, Thomas (Irene) Gembel of Bay DeNoc; many nieces and nephews; special friends, Richard Dauch and Ronald Krejcik. He was also preceded in death by: brothers and sisters, Sam, George, Mary and Helen.
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