James Robert "Rookie" Gehringer, 64, of Mexico, MO, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019, at Boone Hospital Center.

Visitation will be held 9:00-11:00 AM Saturday, June 29, 2019, at Arnold Funeral Home with services immediately following at 11:00 AM.  Burial will be at South Fork Cemetery in Santa Fe, MO. John Grimmett will be officiating. Pallbearers will be Nathan Gehringer and Kyle Culbertson.

Rookie was born December 26, 1954 in Columbia, MO, to Truman & Susan (Hulen) Gehringer.  He graduated from Macon Senior High School in 1973. 

He leaves behind his wife of 24 years, Beth (Hill, Culbertson) Gehringer of Mexico; six children, Nathan Gehringer of Macon, MO, Amy Heigl (Richie) of Wentzville, MO, Kyle Culbertson (Elizabeth) of Mexico, MO, Kristy Oberman (Mark) of Bowling Green, MO, Stephanie Hinnah (Jeremy) of Auxvasse, MO, and Kassi Slater of Columbia MO;  five grandchildren, Drake, Maddison, Kimber, Meadow and Erika; one sister, Connie Gehringer of Columbia, MO; and in-laws, Dorsey and Martha Hill of Paris, MO. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.

Rookie worked at Oliver Transportation for 18 years and then went onto have his own Bail Bond business for the last 25 years.

Rookie's true passion in life was riding his motorcycle and told everyone that he backed up his motorcycle more miles than most people rode theirs forward.  He and Beth enjoyed many motorcycle vacations exploring the United States. He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to camp and kayak. He loved spending time with his grandchildren and cooking for his family.  Rookie was well-known in Mexico and surrounding counties and never knew a stranger.

Memorial contributions can be made to Central Missouri Honor Flight in care of Arnold Funeral Home, 425 South Jefferson, Mexico MO.

Online Condolences may be left at www.arnoldfh.com