Thursday, March 26, 2015

52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Week 45: Kent W. Gerst (1988-2012)

Kent W. Gerst- My 9th Cousin

Born: 06 Feb 1988 in O'Fallon, St. Charles, Missouri

Parents: Gerald Roger "Gary" Gerst & 
              Barbara Ann Siebel

Siblings: One brother- Matthew

High School- Fort Zumwalt West High School

Baseball Career: 
At age 18, in 2006, Kent was drafted by the Chicago White Sox. 

Baseball Stats: 
Position: Outfielder 
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 5'10", Weight: 170 lbs
Scouting Scores: 
~Speed- 82
~Contact- 51
~Patience- 52
~Batting- 52
~Power- 24


Kent died on Sep 08, 2012 at the age of 24 from an accidental drowning from a fall. There was much speculation regarding his death- (see newspaper articles below). 

Newspaper articles regarding Death:

September 10, 2012 1:29pm- CBS St. Louis

What Happened to Kent Gerst? Former Ballplayer Found Dead Under Bridge

St. Louis (KMOX)-- Authorities are investigating the death of a former major league and semi-professional baseball player from St. Charles County whose body was found Sunday night under the Peruque Creek Bridge.
Kent Gerst, 24, a graduate of Fort Zumwalt West High School, was a 2006 draft pick by the Chicago White Sox, and more recently played for the semi-pro Gateway Grizzlies in 2011.
The O'Fallon Police Department says Gerst was reported missing around six o'clock Sunday night. He had not returned to his residence the night before. An investigation revealed he was last seen Saturday night around 10:15 in the area of West Terra Lane and Peruque Crossing Court.
Officers combed the area and found Gerst dead under the bridge around 10:41 p.m.
An autopsy is underway to determine the cause of death. The O'Fallon Police Department would not comment on any possible cause of death. Detectives are investigating Gerst's activities prior to his disappearance, a statement said.
Initial reports from the medical examiner indicated Gerst may have fallen from a bluff.

03 Jan 2013 7:27am- CBS St. Louis

Prosecutors Will Not Seek Charges in Kent Gerst's Death

O'Fallon, Mo. (AP)-- St. Charles County prosecutors will not file charges in the death of a former baseball player from Missouri.
Prosecutors told the family of 24-year-old Kent Gerst of O'Fallon on Wednesday that no charges will be filed in his death last September. 
Gerst's body was found in a creek in O'Fallon. Police said he died of an accidental fall and the medical examiner ruled the death an accidental drowning.
His family pressed for an investigation, saying witnesses told them Gerst was assaulted before he fell into the creek.
Gerst was a 2006 draft pick of the Chicago White Sox and made it to Triple-A before being released. He later signed with the Gateway Grizzlies, an independent minor-league team in Sauget, Illinois. 

Gerst, Kent W. died suddenly Sat., Sept. 8, 2012. Beloved son of Gary and Barbara Gerst (nee Siebel); loving brother of Matthew Gerst; our dear nephew, cousin and friend. Kent was a professional baseball player drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2006. He had a love for baseball, his 36oz, and Spook his cat. Services: Funeral service 11 am Fri., Sept. 14, 2012 at Buchholz Math Hermann Mortuary & Cremation Center, 837 Mid Rivers Mall Dr. (between Mexico & Willott Rd.). Visitation Thurs. 3 pm-8pm. 

14 Sep 2012 @ Buchholz Math Hermann Mortuary & Cremation Center in St. Louis, Missouri @ 11 am. 

Burial: states Kent's burial is "unknown"-- I'm thinking since his service was at a cremation center, that he was probably cremated. 

How I am related to Kent: 

On my mother's side-- his 4x great grandmother was Clarissa Mendenhall (1825-1893).

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