Siercks, William Otto Loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather. Age 84 of Mounds View, passed away peacefully on Sat, Oct 21, 2017. Born in Argonne, WI. Bill was a loving father who enjoyed spending time with his family. He found his passion in Auto Racing and raced for 15 years. Continued on as car owner, crew chief, and fan. Was a promoter of Princeton Speedway for the 2014 & 2015 race seasons. Preceded in death by his loving wife of 60 years, Carol Jean Siercks; brothers, Dewayne (Red) Siercks and Eugene Siercks; brothers-in-law, Robert Rosenberger and Robert Meyer. He will be deeply missed by his children; Carol Briggs, David (Leanne) Siercks, Cynthia (Richard) Corbin, Teresa Sheppard, and Bryan (Kathy) Siercks; 12 grandchildren, 19 great- grandchildren, sisters, Patricia Meyer and Betty Rosenberger, and many other relatives and friends. Mass of Christian Burial will be Fri., Oct 27, 2017 at 11am at St Timothy Catholic Church (707 89th Ave NE, Blaine) with visitation at 10am. Interment at Evergreen Cemetery.
I.M.C.A. Old Timers was formed to promote and preserve I.M.C.A. (International Motor Contest Association) history, including the preservation and excellent restoration of former I.M.C.A. race cars; to maintain records and documents of I.M.C.A. history; recognition of former drivers, owners, mechanics and others involved in I.M.C.A. history; and provide an opportunity for the social and technical interchange of members interested in auto racing history.
The racing legend, Vaughn ?Gerk? W. Gerke, 77, of South Beloit, IL passed Thursday, April 8, 2010 in his home.
He was born February 28, 1933 in Tomah, WI, the son of Herbert William and Ruth Marie Getman Gerke. Gerk was a 1952 graduate of Beloit Memorial High School. He was a veteran of the Wisconsin National Guard serving with the United States Army 128th Infantry Company L. Gerk married Drucilla ?Pinky? Fleehart on April 30, 2005 in South Beloit, IL.
He started out as a welder at Fairbanks and being a self-made man, he then drove for various trucking companies including Gerke trucking. Gerk was also a racing legend with his career starting in Rockford, driving the classic ?57 Chevy #34, and later the #07 car. He raced at many tracks over his career including Daytona & Milwaukee. Gerk was a member of NASCAR, Vintage Racing, USAC, and Hurricane Hot Rods.
Many of us in the IMCA Old Timers raced with Gerk over the years.
Survivor?s include his wife, Drucilla ?Pinky? Gerke; son, Bradley Gerke of Loves Park, IL; daughter, Ronna Gerke of Beloit, WI; four grandchildren, Daryl Gerke, Amber Frausto, Austin Gerke, and Adan Trinidad; three great grandchildren; four step children, Tanya Jones of Durand, IL, Tasha (Greg) Koepp of Pewaukee, WI, Elizabeth (John) Phillips of Loves Park, IL, Leroy G. Jones III of Machesney Park, IL; six step grandchildren, Daniel Blum, Nichole Blum, Levi Koepp, Colton Koepp, Collin Jones, and Jocelyn Phillips; his dog and best friend, Buddy.
He was predeceased by his parents and previous wives, Betty and Laura.
Friends and family will meet at the Rockford Speedway at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 14, 2010 for Gerke?s final lap. Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Daley Murphy Wisch & Associates Funeral Home and Crematorium, 2355 Cranston Road, Beloit, WI with Reverend Richard Wagner officiating. Burial will be in Rockton Cemetery, Rockton, IL. Visitation will be Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. in the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in his name to the Beloit Regional Hospice or St. Andrew Lutheran Church.