Glenn Robert Gerber, 70, of Sturgeon Bay, died Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, at home surrounded by family. He fought cancer for over four years with courage, tenacity and dignity.

Glenn was born Sept. 12, 1944, to the late Gustave Gerber and Mary Ann (Mayer) Gerber in Plymouth, Wis. He graduated from Plymouth High School, earned a B.F.A from Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, and his M.A.Ed. from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Glenn taught art for Racine Unified for 32 years. A favorite among students, he helped shape countless lives with his humor, patience and expertise. Glenn was the chairman of the Art Department at Washington Park High School when he retired.

Upon retirement, Glenn and Marty, his wife, moved to Door County to: focus on their art, to fish, and to travel the world.

Glenn was an accomplished professional artist, best known for his landscape paintings. He was particularly enchanted with the pristine and wild spaces of Door County and delighted in putting these scenes on canvas. Glenn has exhibited his work and won numerous awards in local, state and national competitions since he was a child. He has work in many permanent collections across North America and Europe.

Glenn is survived by his wife, Marty; daughters: Marcella (Troy) Butterfield and Tanja (Jason) Kaneshiro; Rebecca (Chad) Pettit, Gabriela (Dennis) Pettit, and Jamaica (Brian) Pettit; grandchildren: Sterling and Trinity Butterfield, Ahnna (Matthew) Thornton, Lauren, Kevin, Alex and Tetyana Pettit; great-grandsons, Matthew and Benjamin Thornton; brother, Donald Gerber; sisters, Bonnie Gerber and Denise (Carl) Knapp, and brother-in-law, Ronald Kalk.

He is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Betty Kalk; and sister-in-law, Hilda Gerber.

Glenn will be dearly missed by family, friends and colleagues. A celebration of his life will be announced at a later date and held this coming spring.

In lieu of flowers, memorial remembrances may be directed to The Miller Art Museum in Sturgeon Bay or to your favorite charity. Peace.

Forbes Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Online condolences may be offered at

The family would like to thank their neighbors and friends for all of their help and love. Unity Hospice was a constant support. A special thank you to Dr. Jaslowski for his tireless efforts on Glenn’s behalf and the compassionate staff at Door County Cancer Center for four years of loving care.

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