|Written by Jonathan Spicker|
|Monday, 05 March 2012|
The Cincinnati Enquirer, Wednesday, August 31, 1988
Tim Gehling, avid bicyclist
Blue Ash resident used cycling in his battle with cancer
Tim Gehling led by example and lived by one standard, his friends said.
He believed in doing thing right.
Mr. Gehling, 47, of Blue Ash, an avid bicyclist who headed the “Blue Ash Dash ‘88” last July 4, died Saturday at Pittsburgh’s Presbyterian University Hospital during a liver transplant to fight an 8-year-old bout with cancer.
Fellow cyclists will show their friend and mentor a final gesture of thanks in a bicycle procession from Imwalle Memorial Funeral Home in St. Bernard to Spring Grove Cemetery on Friday.
“We don’t want to let him down. We’re trying to do what he taught us to do. He was one to make sure everything was done right,” said Queen City Wheels member Jim Obert, of Loveland.
“He always taught us if you’re going to do it, do it all the way.”
Obert expects 76 to 100 cyclists to be on hand.
A chemical engineer at Procter & Gamble Co. for 19 years, Mr. Gehling was a 1959 graduate of St. Xavier High School.
The Blue Ash race, one of four events in Cincinnati’s Bicentennial Cyclebration ’88, was the fruition of a 4-yhear-old dream, said Mr. Gehling’s Wife, Carleen, known as “Charley.” The competition attracted bike racing notables from all over the world.
“We went to the Coors Classic bike race in Colorado in 1984. We didn’t compete, but we got to ride the courses. Tim said he wanted to bring something like that to Cincinnati. That was one of his dreams,” she said.
Obert said Mr. Gehling, who was already planning next year’s race, had hooked a number of new and old sponsors for the event. His wife, a professional cyclist, said she and her husband began cycling by touring on vacation several years ago.
But, when Mr. Gehling had his first major cancer operation in 1981, he saw bicycling as a road to recover, she said.
“To him, riding a bike was the way to come back,” she said.
After the surgery, Mr. Gehling became active in the American Cancer Society’s speakers bureau, teaching others how to cope with cancer.
A year after initial surgery to remove 90% of his liver in April, 1981, Mr. Gehling was said to have beaten the odds. Only one month earlier, doctors had given him four weeks to live.
In a 1982 Enquirer article, Mr. Gehling reflected on the experience: “Last April I was supposed to leave. I prayed and prayed for another year. The year is up. Now I feel like a hypocrite going back to pray for another year.”
Other survivors besides his wife include a daughter, Dori, of Fairfield; a son, Tom of Colerain Township; his parents, Walter B. and Betty Gehling of Cheviot; a sister, Julie Fay of Mount Auburn, and three brothers, Joe of Sharonville, Chuck of Hood River, Ore., and Art of Roselawn.
Visitation at Imwalle Memorial Funeral Home, 4811 Vine St., will be 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 7:30 p.m. in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Church in Bridgetown.
Burial will be 10a.m. Friday. The procession will leave the funeral home at 9:30 a.m.
Memorials may be made to the Hamilton County Unit of the American Cancer Society.