Gerald H. Aukamp, 92, of Vandalia passed away at 5:00am, Sunday, December 13, 2015 at Altamont Lutheran Care Center.
Services will be held at 10:00am, Thursday, December 17, 2015 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, Vandalia with Rev. Jerry Bagwell officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services at the church Thursday. Burial will follow in Fairlawn Cemetery, Vandalia, IL. Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Lutheran Church or donor’s choice. Arrangements by Hohlt & File Funeral Home, Vandalia, online condolences available at
Gerald was born April 23, 1923 in St. Peter, IL, the son of George and Lela (Niehaus) Aukamp. He attended the St. Peter Lutheran Parochial School growing up; Gerald’s confirmation class was one of the last to be instructed in German and English. He worked for Wayne Borchelt’s Lumber in Vandalia and Vandalia Laundry, but mainly he worked on the family farm. Gerald has always maintained a relationship with the Lutheran Church; he was a very active member of Holy Cross Lutheran Church and enjoyed singing hymns during the services at Altamont Lutheran Care Center.
He is survived by his brothers Merle Aukamp and wife Joyce of Belleville and Dale Aukamp and wife Gay of Vandalia, step-son Ty Rigdon and wife Linda of Vandalia, and several nieces and nephews, and great nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Ruth, wife Jewell, and brother Virgil Aukamp.