In memory of
Thomas Allen Gekler
In memory of
Thomas Allen Gekler
Thomas Allen Gekler passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in Slidell, LA at the age of 84. He was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Slidell, LA for most of his life. Tom was a professional Dixieland Jazz Trombonist. He played professionally from 1954 to 1993. His career began in Chicago, IL and culminated in New Orleans, LA with a 19 year stint with world renowned clarinet player Pete Fountain. Tom played for 2 Presidents at the White House, the Pope, a Superbowl, he performed on numerous Johnny Carson appearances, made several jazz recordings with various artists, as well as numerous radio programs and TV shows. He enjoyed studying astronomy, history, science, Sir Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes stories, and listening to his favorite jazz artists, Jack Tea Garden, and Louis Armstrong. He was the son of the late Charles Gekler and Mae Otto Gekler, devoted father of Erik C. Gekler, brother of Bonnie Gekler, and grandfather of Kristen Ohler, and Garret Gekler. As per his wishes, a service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to WWOZ Radio 90.7 FM, P.O. Box 51840, New Orleans, LA 70151, email feedback@wwoz.org or phone 504-568-1239. Arrangements entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Covington, LA. Condolences and tributes can be posted at www.serenitycovington.com.
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In memory of
Thomas Allen Gekler
Thomas Allen Gekler passed away on Thursday, June 11, 2020 in Slidell, LA at the age of 84. He was born in Chicago, IL and lived in Slidell, LA for most of his life. Tom was a professional Dixieland Jazz Trombonist. He played professionally from 1954 to 1993. His career began in Chicago, IL and culminated in New Orleans, LA with a 19 year stint with world renowned clarinet player Pete Fountain. Tom played for 2 Presidents at the White House, the Pope, a Superbowl, he performed on numerous Johnny Carson appearances, made several jazz recordings with various artists, as well as numerous radio programs and TV shows. He enjoyed studying astronomy, history, science, Sir Conan Doyles Sherlock Holmes stories, and listening to his favorite jazz artists, Jack Tea Garden, and Louis Armstrong. He was the son of the late Charles Gekler and Mae Otto Gekler, devoted father of Erik C. Gekler, brother of Bonnie Gekler, and grandfather of Kristen Ohler, and Garret Gekler. As per his wishes, a service will not be held. In lieu of flowers, the family is asking for donations to WWOZ Radio 90.7 FM, P.O. Box 51840, New Orleans, LA 70151, email feedback@wwoz.org or phone 504-568-1239. Arrangements entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Covington, LA. Condolences and tributes can be posted at www.serenitycovington.com.
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20419 Hwy 36
Covington, LA 70433
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