Keith Franklin Gehlhausen, 72, Tell City

Keith Franklin Gehlhausen, 72, of Tell City, died Thursday, February 21, at St. Vincent Hospital in Evansville. He was born in Huntingburg December 12, 1946, to Victor G. and Mary Jane (Richey) Gehlhausen.

Keith attended St. Meinrad Seminary for three years in high school. His senior year he attended and graduated from Oil Township High School. He was selected for West Point and went there a short time. He graduated from DePauw University with a BA in English. While at DePauw he was in ROTC and upon graduation was a 2nd Lt. in the Air Force. He was a navigator instructor and taught celestial navigation. He was in the Vietnam War as a navigator on a C130, obtained the rank of captain and received several medals, including the Distinguished Flying Cross. He flew numerous combat missions in Vietnam and Cambodia. He was injured in a car accident in 1973 at the age of 26. As a result of his injuries he was permanently retired with disability. He enjoyed doing bible readings, classical music, going on bus trips and playing cards. He loved to write and authored many poems to his family and friends.

He is survived by two sons, Garrett Gehlhausen and Arin Gehlhausen and wife Jenny, all of Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; one daughter, Lisa Heichelbech and husband Jon, Evansville; his mother Mary Jane Gehlhausen, Tell City; four brothers, David Gehlhausen and wife Elizabeth, Henderson, Kentucky., and Mike Gehlhausen and wife Lola, Bill Gehlhausen and wife Ramona, and Chris “Petey” Gehlhausen and wife Bonnie, all Birdseye; one sister, Nancy Etienne and husband Fred, Magnet; four grandchildren, Julian and Natasha Gehlhausen and Cameron and Spencer Heichelbech; and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces, and great nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Victor Gehlhausen, a sister Victoria at birth, and one nephew, Scott Gehlhausen.

Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. Sunday and from 8-10:30 a.m. Monday at Becher Funeral Home in Ferdinand. Memorial contributions may be made to the House of Bread and Peace or the Wounded Warrior Program. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherfuneralhome.com. Funeral services will at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Martin Tours Catholic Church in Siberia. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. St. Meinrad Legion Post 366 will conduct military graveside rites.

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