Trooper Stanley E. Gerling

Trooper Stanley E. Gerling

Iowa State Patrol, Iowa

End of Watch Friday, June 30, 1989

Stanley E. Gerling

Trooper Stanley Gerling and Trooper Pilot Lance Dietsch were killed in an airplane accident while searching for an elderly man who had wandered off. They were about to call off the search when the troopers located him in a soybean field. They began to circle the area when the plane made a sudden turn and crashed vertically into the ground.

Trooper Gerling had served with the Iowa State Patrol for one year. He was survived by his wife and two children


  • Age 34
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge 190

Incident Details

  • Cause Aircraft accident

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Happy Birthday brother hope you and Dave are having good eternal life up in heaven with mom & dad and everyone else. You will always be missed down here.

Larry Gerling

September 22, 2016

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