Lawrence Edward Gehley


Lawrence Edward Gehley, 83, an accountant who retired in the early 1990s from Auger Enterprises, operator of hotels, real estate holdings and restaurants that included Blackie's House of Beef, died of congestive heart failure June 26 at Inova Fairfax Hospital. He lived in Falls Church.

Mr. Gehley was born in Orleans, Neb. He attended Grand Island Business College in that state, and was a graduate of Benjamin Franklin University, where he received a master's degree in accounting.

He served in the Army in Burma and India during World War II.

Mr. Gehley was a state surveyor in Nebraska as a young man. In Washington after the war, he worked initially in the accounting department of the Statler Hotel, now the Capital Hilton.

He was a partner in Gott's Linoleum for 23 years before going to work for Auger about 1970.

Mr. Gehley was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Catholic War Veterans and St. James Catholic Church in Falls Church, where he was an usher.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Goldie Sedlacek Gehley of Falls Church; five children, Dennis Gehley of Springfield, Diana Trammell of Broken Arrow, Okla., Douglas Gehley of Vienna, Denise Carlson of Hillsborough, N.J., and Darlene Brown of Columbia; and 11 grandchildren.