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Debbie Lynn Gerlach

March 3, 1951 — September 2, 2023



Debbie Lynn Gerlach

She began her journey through this life on March 3, 1951, in Maquoktea, Iowa.  She was the daughter of Willard “Bill” Marburger and Barbara (Barstow) Marburger, of Green Island, IA.

Debbie went home to Jesus on Sept. 2, 2023, near her home in Inman, at the age of 71.  Debbie married Jackie Lee Daniels in Green Island, IA in July 1967 and from this union two sons were born, Fabian Lynn and Todd Allen Daniels.  On Dec. 10, 1970, due to a tragic automobile accident, Jack, Fabian, Todd, her brother Steven Marburger, Betty Randall, and Debbie were all involved.  All were killed, except Debbie, who spent four months in the hospital.

Debbie loved to go fishing. She also loved to do crafting and make jewelry. Debbie had a small hobby farm, where she had chickens, ducks, and a pig.  Debbie also loved gardening and planting flowers. Debbie loved spending time with her family and being with her sisters, children, grandchildren, and her first great granddaughter.

Debbie married Paul Gerlach in 1978 in Marquette, KS.  Two children were born; Steven and Krystal Lee.
Debbie is survived by a son, Steven (Melissa) Gerlach, Lindsborg, KS; a daughter, Krystal Gerlock, Inman, KS; four sisters, Vickie Marburger, Hermitage, MO, Kathie Arnold, Kansas City, MO, Steffenie Quinaln, Bolivar, MO, and Faye (Michael) Roe, Bellevue, IA; two brothers, Mick (Ellie) Barstow, Moreno Valley, CA and Doug Mangler, Bellevue, IA; 6 grandchildren, Makayla, Lindsey, Cassidy, and Laney, Kereece, and Gaige; one great granddaughter, Mariana; two close friends, Robert Terpe and Robert Glauser.

Debbie was preceded in death by her parents; her first husband and two sons; three brothers, Steven, Jackie, and Roger Marburger, of Green Island IA; 3 sisters, Sherri Christ, Sabula, IA; and Rosemary and Becky of Green Island, IA; one future sister-in-law, Betty Randall; and two brothers in law, Robert Chrest and John Quinlar.

Cremation is planned.  A private celebration of life for the family will be held at a later date.  Memorial contributions may be made to Inman Funeral Home at PO Box 490, Inman, KS  67546.  To leave a condolence for the family, visit:

Debbie will be greatly missed by so many extended family members, friends, and neighbors.  Special thank you to the nursing home, hospice, and funeral home.

Debbie was an amazing, loving woman who walked with God daily. She was a breath of sweet air in a world stale with uncertainties. She was the laughter when times were sad and the tears for the pain of all.
God rest her soul, life isn’t always fair, but many good things have come from her journey.  She has left footprints no one can ever fill.  She was love, laughter, sunshine, and faith.

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