Bishop Emeritus Eugene J. Gerber, the eighth bishop of the Diocese of Wichita, Kansas, died Saturday, Sept. 29 in Wichita. He was 87. He was Assistant Pastor at Holy Savior in 1964-65. He was bishop of the Diocese of Dodge City, Kansas, from 1976 to 1982, when he was named the ordinary for the Diocese of Wichita. He retired in 2001.
Open-casket viewing will be available at Downing & Lahey East Mortuary from 2:00 - 8:00 pm, Sunday, Oct. 7; and after the noon Mass Monday, Oct. 8, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Wichita. Viewing begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes at 6 p.m. An all-night vigil begins with solemn vespers at 6:30 p.m. A rosary will be prayed at 8:30 p.m. Viewing and visitation will be possible until 9 a.m. Tuesday. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 9, at the Cathedral. Interment will be at 2:30 p.m. at Ascension Cemetery in Wichita.