Ohl, Gerrit

December 12, 1930 - April 28, 2021

Gerrit Middleton Ohl, age 90, passed away on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, after suffering an accident in his home two weeks prior.

Born in Los Angeles, California on December 12, 1930, the eldest son of Alfred Francis and Helen Middleton Ohl.  Graduated from University High School, and went to the University of Colorado in Boulder where he was a walk-on football player, and member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Gerrit met the love of his life Carolyn Robertson in Freshman English class where they were seated alphabetically. They were married at age 19 on June 16, 1950. Inseparable for almost 70 years, they inspired all by their example of devoted love.  Following graduation, they started their family of four children in Wichita Falls.  After obtaining his CPA license in 1962 the family moved to Dallas.

Over the years, Gerrit was a man of many interests and hobbies, from flying his plane, captaining his boat, hiking, fishing, reading The Daily Office, and needlepointing. At his church, he served as a lay reader, church treasurer, member of the vestry, and in his later years, earned a degree from the Anglican School of Theology.

Preceded in death by his wife, Carolyn and two brothers, Michael Ohl and Lawrence Ohl. Gerrit is survived by 4 children: Jeffrey Ohl, Gregory Ohl (Tina), Sarabeth Ohl Sowan, and Marilu Ohl, and his beloved dog, Sage who was his constant companion in his final years.

He was granddad to 15 grandchildren:  Kurt Ohl, Mark Ohl (Jenny Schaefers, fiancée), Chad Ohl (Amanda); Heidi Ohl Sterling (Jeff), Travis Ohl (Jessica), Ashley Ohl Jones (David), Courtney Danglade, David Ohl; Ricky Sowan, Stephen Sowan (Claire Griffy), Amy Sowan Rodgers (Blake); Heather Abbett Marra (Chad), and Luke Abbett (Natalie); Amber D’Angelo, Ashley D’Angelo.

He leaves 14 great-grandchildren:  Emma and Isla Ohl; Madeline and Braydon Sterling; Cora Rose Ohl;  Garrett, Lyla and Clara Jones; Parker and Olivia Rodgers; Avery and Ashleigh Marra; Rylan and Luka Abbett.

Also survived by brother-in-law Fred Mattson of Denver, Colorado, and several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 11:00 a.m.
Church of the Incarnation
3966 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 75204.

In lieu of flowers, please direct memorials to Operation Kindness Wounded Warriors, or the charity of your choice.

3 replies on “Ohl, Gerrit”



Patty Brewer says:

Miss seeing Gerrit faithfully walking with his dog in the neighborhood.
.. .his greeting, his smile, and the flick of his cane to everyone he passed.
He was dearly loved by all.

Toni Alles says:

Gerrit and Carolyn were wonderful neighbors and friends who welcomed me into RLV. I enjoyed their stories and especially their attendance at various events in the hood. I miss them both but am comforted in knowing they are together forever.

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