Gerald Walter Mahsman, 87, of rural Palmyra, Mo., passed away peacefully Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.

Gerald Walter Mahsman, 87, of rural Palmyra, Mo., passed away peacefully Saturday, April 20, 2013, at Beth Haven Nursing Home.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at Immanuel Lutheran Church at West Ely, Mo., with Pastor Kenneth Schamber officiating.
Burial will be at Grand View Burial Park in Hannibal.
Visitation will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, 2013, at Smith Funeral Home & Chapel in Hannibal.
Mr. Mahsman was born July 8, 1925, in Marion County, Mo., to Walter Henry and Mary Wilhelmina Drebes Mahsman.
He was married to Mary Elizabeth Neff on June 8, 1949, at Immanuel Lutheran Church and she survives.
Other survivors include 15 children, Patti (Bill) Barber of Jefferson City, Mo., Debbie (David) Shrum of Macon, Mo., Jeri (Ron) Tourney of Clay Center, Kan., Mike (Judy) Mahsman of Hannibal, Kathy Mahsman of the home, Phillip (Brenda) Mahsman, Randy (Stacey) Mahsman and Amy (Jerry) Tallman of New London, Cindy (Wells) Pettibone of Hannibal, Buddy Mahsman of Palmyra, Barbara (Brian) Falls of Palmyra, Laurie Mahsman of St. Charles, Mark (Heather) Mahsman of Quincy, Doug (Michelle) Mahsman of Hannibal and Kimberly (Jason) Martin of Palmyra; 45 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren; one brother, Orville (Elizabeth) Mahsman of Quincy; one sister, Glenda (Bob) Hevle of Texas; four sisters-in-law, Eleanor Willsey of Hannibal, Penny Stoll of Hannibal, Doris Mahsman of Palmyra, Mary Lee Mahsman of Virginia; brother-in-law, Duane (Irene) Neff of Marissa, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.
Gerald was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Alvin Mahsman, Larry Mahsman and Donald Mahsman; and brother-in-law, Robert Willsey.
Gerald was a lifelong Marion County farmer. He worked for Kellwood in Hannibal from 1978 until retiring as manager in 1992. He was a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and had served on the church school board. Gerald attended Immanuel Lutheran School and graduated from Rensselaer High School class of 1943. He enjoyed stamp collecting, astronomy, was an avid science fiction reader, and a loyal St. Louis Cardinal Baseball fan. Gerald loved bluegrass music. He witnessed a deep and abiding faith all his life and will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.
Memorials may be made to Immanuel Lutheran Church Landscaping Fund or Beth Haven Nursing Home, in care of Smith Funeral Home & Chapel.
Pallbearers will be Gerald’s six sons, and his grandchildren will serve as honorary pallbearers.
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