Donald Louis Gecks, 94, passed away on May 16, 2023.
Born on March 19, 1929 in Dayton, Kentucky, he was the son of the late Harry L. Gecks and Bertha H (Peters) Gecks.
He was received as a member of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod during his time serving in the U.S. Navy. Throughout his life, he devoted himself to loving and serving his family, friends, and church, while also faithfully serving his community in many ways. He loved his times volunteering at Central Food Ministry in Lowell, the All-Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, FL as well as serving as Vice President of the South Venice, FL Civic Association.
Don was an electrical engineer who worked for more than 25 years at Itek, designing cameras for NASA as well as other governmental agencies. He then worked for Coulter Biomedical working on the optical imaging on various medical instruments.
Of all his vocations none was more cherished than his role of husband, father and grandfather.
He was the loving husband of the late Marion (Priebe) Gecks. Beloved father of Dianne Carey and her husband Daniel, Bruce Gecks and his wife Kathleen, Carole Burns and her husband Douglas, David Gecks and his wife Norma Jean, Stephen Gecks and his wife Lisa.
He was also a beloved grandfather of David Carey, Bethany Carey Beck and her husband Adam, Gregory Burns and fiancé Samantha, Jaclyn Vitalie and her husband Craig, Cassie Baum and her husband Brian, Benjamin Carey and his wife Bethany, Corissa Webb and her husband Zackery, Brandon Burns, Ryan Gecks and Evan Gecks. And dear great grandfather of Morgan, Emmanuel (Manny), Gavin, Audrey, Harper, Scarlett, Lindsey and Hazel.
He is survived by his niece Vicky Lewis, nephew Craig Priebe and sister-in-law Marilyn Priebe. He was predeceased by his brother Melvin John Gecks and his wife Geraldine and nephew Dennis.
Visitation will be held at the Bedford Funeral Home, 167 Great Rd., Bedford, from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 21. A funeral service will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Savior, 426 Davis Rd., Bedford at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 22. Burial will be at Shawsheen Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Central Food Pantry, 370 W. Sixth St., Lowell, MA 01850.
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