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O. J. “Skip” Gaerte

A Celebration of Life Service for Mr. O. J. “Skip” Gaerte will be 1:30 P.M. Sunday, June 28, 2020, at Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  Visitation will be from 1:00 P.M. until service.

Mr. Gaerte, age 70 of Lavergne and longtime resident of Lebanon, passed away Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at Alive Hospice in Murfreesboro.

Born November 22, 1949, in Columbia City, Indiana, he is the son of the late O. J. and Virginia Trumbull Gaerte.  He was a veteran of the United States Navy.  He enjoyed the simple things in life.  He was a hardworking loving individual, who was a carpenter by trade, building many houses.  He also had been a business owner, having owned Bonnie Blue Antiques and Rainbow Relics.  He last served as maintenance supervisor at Pavilion in Lebanon and Carthage.  He was a very active member of the Lebanon Lions Club, where he had served as president twice.  He was a member of Mt. Olivet Baptist Church.  In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Vicky Wolfe.

He is survived by his wife, Hiwanda Rather Gaerte; daughter, Melissa “Missy” Gaerte and fiancé Jared Hornecker; two sons: David McCracken and Trampas (Jonna) McCracken; two grandsons: Trey & J. D. McCracken; and three brothers: Richard (Sandy) Gaerte, Ron (Tina) Gaerte, and Les (Marcy) Gaerte.

Memorials may be made to the Lebanon Lions Club.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Deb Taylor says:
    Great man. He and Bob Taylor worked together at the Babe Ruth Base Ball Park for years. He always treated Our daughter with such respect when she was helping out her dad With the scoreboard. I don’t think I ever saw him without that great smile. RIP.
  2. Linda Wills says:
    I appreciate that as a member of Lion’s Club he was able to help get me a hearing aide i very much needed.I’m very sorry for your loss my prayers are with you.
  3. Marita Meinerts Albinson says:
    I remember Skip’s big smile and huge heart, and I am deeply sorry for your loss. Blessed be his memory.
  4. Impact CNC says:
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Adam Gaerte and family. With kindness, from Impact CNC