Friday, July 9, 2010

Rolly B. Gayhart

Rolly Beckham Gayhart, age 86, passed away Friday, July 9, 2010, at Wheaton Franciscan All Saints Medical Center. He was born in Tipler, WI, November 22, 1923, son of the late Robert and Dora (Nee: Smith) Gayhart and was raised in Kenosha County.

On December 4, 1943, he was united in marriage to Evelyn M. Peterson and they moved to Racine County in 1945. Rolly owned and operated Gayhart TV and Appliance on Lathrop Ave for 34 years. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, was an avid golfer, enjoyed woodworking and playing bridge. He will be dearly missed.

Surviving are his wife of nearly 67 years, Evelyn; four children, Gary (Janis) Gayhart of Racine, Ronald “Bud” (Glenda) Gayhart of Whitewater, WI, Keith (Lindi) Gayhart of Los Angeles, CA, Terri Lynn Gayhart of Racine; eight grandchildren, Deborah Krimmer, Jeanette (Mike) Krimmer, Leslie (Tim) Thillemann, Steve Gayhart, Layni Gayhart, Travis Nathaniel Padgett, Dashiell Gayhart, Tess Gayhart; five great-grandchildren; a brother and three sisters-in-law, Robert (Audrey) Gayhart of Wheeler, WI, Anne Gayhart of Racine, Rae Gayhart of Richmond, VA; nieces, nephews, other relatives and dear friends. In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by sisters Ada Muhlenbeck, Ara Gayhart, Lula Hanen; and brothers, Everett, Ernest, and James Gayhart.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, July 14, 2010, at 11 a.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 716 College Ave., with Rev. Ben Johnson-Krase and Rev. Steven Fringer officiating. Entombment will be held at West Lawn Memorial Park. Relatives and friends may meet with the family Wednesday at the church from 10 a.m. until time of service. Memorials to First Presbyterian Church have been suggested.

The family wishes to give a special thank you to Dr. Gullberg, and the staffs of the ICU and Med3 for their loving and compassionate care.

803 Main St., Racine

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