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Dennis E. Gehman

Thursday, June 6, 2013 by The Press in Obituaries

Purple Heart recipient

Dennis E. Gehman, 83, of Orefield, died June 3, 2013, on his beloved farm after a battle with cancer.

He and his wife Yolanda (Nowicki) Gehman celebrated their 57th wedding anniversary last May 5.

Born Sept. 23, 1929, in Macungie, he was one of 12 children born to the late Paul C. and Anna M. (Weaver) Gehman.

He faithfully and honorably served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War achieving the rank of corporal.

Wounded in action in North Korea, he was awarded the Purple Heart Medal and the Korean Service Medal with Five Bronze Stars.

He owned the former Gehman Roofing Service, Orefield, for 10 years before retiring.

Prior to that, he was an estimator for the former Warren Ehret Linck Roofing Co., Allentown, for 25 years.

Having grown up on a farm in Macungie, his passion continued throughout his adult life on a beautiful horse farm where he and his wife resided for 51 years.

He was a member of Breinigsville VFW Post 8282 and Lehigh Lodge 326, F.&A.M., Trexlertown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Susan E. McCawley and her husband, Christopher, of Lyme, Conn., Martha J. Schoemaker and her husband, Mark, of Schnecksville, Margaret A. Gehman of Wellington, Fla.; brother Homer of Emmaus; sister, Annetta Stengle of Perkasie; grandchildren Matthew, Andrew, James and Caitlin; many nieces and nephews.

His memorial service will take place 10:30 a.m. June 10, at Jordan Evangelical Lutheran Church, 5103 Snowdrift Road, Orefield, with the Rev. Jerel W. Gade officiating.

Visitation will be from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Monday in the church.

Interment with military honors will follow the service in the adjacent parish cemetery.

Expressions of sympathy may be recorded at

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Lehigh Valley Hospice and/or to Wounded Warrior Project both c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 196, Schnecks-ville, PA 18078-0196.

Arrangements made by Heintzelman Funeral Home Inc., Schnecksville.