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Robert "Tony" Marion Gehlken

Robert "Tony" Marion Gehlken
  • November 18, 1934 - March 7, 2022
  • Charleston, South Carolina

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“Wishing you all the peace and comfort possible. ”
1 of 16 | Posted by: Courtney Morris-West - SC

“To all Tony's Family:I knew Tony many years atothe1980's worked with him at Simon's Appliance Center on Rivers Avenue for several years. He was...Read More »
2 of 16 | Posted by: Kathryn Cox - Charleston, SC

“Sad, sad news! My condolences to the family.He is singing in God's choir now! ”
3 of 16 | Posted by: John Chapman - Family Friend

“My brothers and I have wonderful fond memories of Mr Tony and the Gehlken family from childhood. Even as children we adored his powerful and...Read More »
4 of 16 | Posted by: Jane Chapman - Charleston, SC

“So sorry for your loss David. Sending sincere condolences to you and your family. ”
5 of 16 | Posted by: Anna Moore - SUMMERVILLE, SC

“Sad for family but know Tony is in a better place. He sang at our wedding Oct 23 1965. Everyone always said he looked just like my dad. ”
6 of 16 | Posted by: Rita Gehlken bokern - Family

“Rick Johnson and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you during this challenging time. We hope it brings you comfort that your loved one is...Read More »
7 of 16 | Posted by: Sonia Timmons, Vallen Distribution

“Tony sang at my wedding in July 1971. I will always remember his wonderful voice. My prayers are with you all. ”
8 of 16 | Posted by: Gloria Burbage - Awendaw, SC

“So sorry for your loss. He will be missed alot. ”
9 of 16 | Posted by: Walter Gehlken - Family

“Words are never enough to ease a family's sorrows when a loved one passes. Please know that our thoughts and prayers and love are with Tony's...Read More »
10 of 16 | Posted by: Jim and Debbie Scott - Charleston, SC

“We were so sorry to hear about Tony's passing. We loved him so much. My kids would all run and jump in his arms at church when they attended Calvary....Read More »
11 of 16 | Posted by: Scott & Cindy Nigels - Charleston, SC

“Aunt Mary Jo, Bobby, Beth, Kevin, Michael and David and all your families, I was so very sorry to hear of Uncle Tony's passing. You all are in my...Read More »
12 of 16 | Posted by: Ruth Gehlken McCorkle - OH

“We are so sad to learn of Tony's death, but we smile to think of that big ole voice joining the Heavenly Choir. ”
13 of 16 | Posted by: John & Jane Brooks - Friend

“Soooooo VERY sorry for your loss. Tony will always remain in our hearts! What a Beautiful Soul! I am sure the Angels are singing hallelujahs!! ”
14 of 16 | Posted by: Jack, Theresa, John & Lynda Marie Childs

“We are so sad to learn of Tony's death, but we smile when we think of that big ole wonderful voice in the heavenly choir. ”
15 of 16 | Posted by: John & Jane Brooks

“Bobby: Please accept my deepest condolences to you and your family. His greatest legacy is in the form of his children and his reputation. May his...Read More »
16 of 16 | Posted by: Samuel K. Kaplan - Friend


Robert "Tony" Marion Gehlken, 87, of Charleston, SC, entered into eternal rest Monday, March 7, 2022. His Funeral Service will be held Friday, March 11, 2022 at Coastal Light Baptist Church, 2543 Ashley River Road at 11:00 am. Burial will follow in the Live Oak Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Thursday, March 10, 2022, from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm in the J. Henry Stuhr, Inc. West Ashley Chapel.

Tony was born November 18, 1934 in Charleston, SC, to the late Walter Richard Christopher Gehlken and the late Annie Prine Gehlken. After playing football at The Citadel, he married Mary Jo Gruber, his beloved wife of 66 years. His beautiful voice brought joy to many. Tony will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He is survived by his children, Bobby (Nancy) Gehlken, Beth (Ronnie) Albee, Kevin (Elizabeth) Gehlken, Michael Gehlken, and David (Lisa) Gehlken, all of Charleston, SC; his 11 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; his brother, Donald (Carole) Gehlken; his sister, Barbara Deas; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial donations may be made to Coastal Light Baptist Church Mission Fund.