Phillip E. Gebler, “Monk”, passed away unexpectedly October 6, 2019 at UPMC Hamot Medical Center at the age of 75.Monk was born January 30, 1944 in Erie, Pennsylvania the son of the late Milton and Gertrude (Carpenter) Gebler.

Gebler, PhillipPhil graduated from Fort LeBoeuf High School class of 1961. Following graduation, he served in the United States Air Force as a security police officer and was stationed at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma. After his service to our country, he married the late Nancy Gebler. He is survived by his children, Todd (Kelly) Gebler of Sitka, Alaska, Everett Oldcamp of Tulsa, Oklahoma, a daughter Kelly N. Gebler of Erie, and the late John T. Gebler of Waterford. In addition, Phil is survived by his loving sister Karen (Jack) Greenberg of Erie, and the late John Gebler and his wife Marcia Gebler; three grandchildren, Kyle (Kaitlyn) Bolla of Sitka, Alaska, Breanna Gatti Erie, Pa and Rowen Gebler Sitka, Alaska.

Phil worked and retired from Eriez Magnetics after 39 years with the company. After retirement Phil liked to spend his time between Waterford and Punta Gorda, Florida. While in Waterford, Phil was a loyal member of the American Legion Post #285 for 52 years and also an avid member of the American Legion Riders. While in Florida, his time was spent between riding his motorcycle and spending time at the American Legion and Moose Lodge in Punta Gorda.

A service of remembrance with visiting hours will be held Thursday, October 10th from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Van Matre Funeral Home in Waterford. Between the hours of 4-6 p.m. at the Waterford American Legion, the honor guard will perform the draping of the colors, and a social gathering following the 8 p.m. service will be held at the Legion.

Any donations can be made in the name of Phillip Gebler to the American Legion or Wounded Warrior Project.