Chief Karl Gerschutz


TUCSON, Ariz. — Karl J. Gerschutz, , 56, retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant, of Tucson, Ariz., formerly of New Bavaria, died June 29, 2013, in Mount Lemmon, Ariz., the result of a cycling accident.

He was born Sept. 9, 1956, in Lima to the late Virgil A. and Eulalia “Lollie” Horstman Gerschutz.

This family man is survived by his wife of 34 years, Teresa A. Rutter Gerschutz, of Tucson, Ariz.; daughters, Deena A. (Lynn) Jones, of St. Louis, and Jill Marie (Todd) Gerschutz-Bell, of Washington, D.C.; a granddaughter, Victoria Jones and another one on the way; and 14 brothers and sisters, Marvell (Jim) Buddelmeyer, of Glandorf, Marlyn Clark, of Holgate, Judy Rosengarten, of Ottawa, Linda (Gary) Ellerbrock, of New Cleveland, Theresa (Dr. Grover) Johnson, of Vancleave, Miss., Bonnie (Dan) Inkrott, of Ottawa, Donna (Larry) Amos, of Toledo, Larry (Peg) Gerschutz, of Miller City, Ed (Rose Ann) Gerschutz, of Miller City, Cletus (Mary) Gerschutz, of New Bavaria, Kathy (Jeff) Lammers, of Ottawa, Raymond (Shirley) Gerschutz, of Miller City, Norm (Becky) Gerschutz, of Ottawa, and Elaine (Dr. Tony) Rump, of Ottawa.

He was preceded in death by two brothers-in-law, Ken Rosengarten and Butch Clark.

He graduated high school in 1974 and enlisted in the Air Force. Karl served 30 years in the Air Force, retiring in 2007, as a chief master sergeant, and was a senior logistics specialist for Raytheon. An avid cyclist, he competed in many cycling races across the United States and Europe. A devout Catholic, Karl actively volunteered in his community. He is a graduate of Park University.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria. Father Stephen Stanbery and Father Nick Cunningham will officiate.

Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday at Love Funeral Home, Ottawa.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Stand Up for Kids or Sacred Heart Catholic Church, New Bavaria.

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Chief Al Mercer

We lost another AMMO Chief and a Brother this week. Our thoughts and prayers are with Al’s family.



CMSgt Alvin D. Mercer (Ret)

Sumter SC Obituaries

Posted: Thursday, May 16, 2013 6:00 am

Alvin Dale Mercer, 65, husband of Rebecca Sanders Mercer, died Tuesday, May 14, 2013, at Tuomey Regional Medical Center.

Born in Georgetown County, he was a son of the late F.D. “Nick” and Evelyn Florine Goodwin Mercer.  He retired as a chief master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force, after 26 years of service.  He was a Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm veteran.  He was a member of the AMMO Chiefs Association and the Shaw Air Force Base Chiefs Group.  He was an alumnus of St. Leo University.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, two daughters, Paige Haynes (Chris) of Honolulu, Hawaii, and Nickie McLaughlin (Ray) of Sumter; five grandchildren, Greyson Haynes, Kendall Haynes, Hannah Haynes, Madison McLaughlin and Cameron McLaughlin; three brothers, Donnie Mercer (Vivian) of Andrews, Dennis Mercer (Norma) of Pottsboro, Texas and Larry Mercer (Linda) of Summerville; a sister, Sandra Breitkreuz (Brad) of Houston, Texas; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at the Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Al Sims officiating.

The family will receive friends at the home.

Memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, S.C. Chapter, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201 or to the Tuomey Oncology Department, 129 N. Washington St., Sumter, SC 29150.

Elmore-Cannon-Stephens Funeral Home and Crematorium of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.

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SrA Bryce Powers Update

Fellow Ammo,

For everyone that has been tracking the recovery for SrA Powers; we have sad news to pass on. For those keeping up with the updates on Face Book you’re already aware of this info. From an earlier posting the parents were planning services in North Carolina, Langley AFB, and interment at Arlington. I will try to come up with a final tribute for him in my next newsletter.

Thanks for everyone’s support; know the Powers family was very proud of Bryce and express their thanks to the Ammo community for its support on numerous occasions.


The following is from Cathy Powers:

Prayer and Support Group for Airman Bryce Powers

April 26 Update (EST) 6:45 PM

My sweet, brave, beautiful son “SrA Bryce Powers” left with Jesus today.

I was on his right, holding his right hand. Jim was on his left, holding his left hand. Madi was on the phone, telling him “goodbye”… He took his last breath — at 4:40 PM — with all three of us saying our “see ya later’s” and “I love you’s”.

Thank you ALL for standing by our sides for the last 6 1/2 months… we have felt your prayers, your love, and your care for each of us… especially our dear Bryce.

Bryce knew The Lord, believed He died for his sins, and accepted Him into his heart… Bryce is in a better place!!!

John 3:16
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

We will post the “Arrangements” at a later time.

Love you all!