|8/29/2017 10:24:00 AM|
Dec. 18, 1931 - Aug. 25, 2017
Margie Gehlhausen, age 85, of Jasper, Indiana, passed away peacefully at the Meadowood Apartments on Friday morning, Aug. 25, 2017 in Jasper.
She was born in Tell City Dec. 18, 1931, to William and Josephine (Gratzer) Briggeman.
She married Carl Gehlhausen Sr. May 5, 1948, at St. Paul's Church in Tell City. He preceded her in death on October 24, 1994. She was a pioneer for women's rights in Indy Car Racing. Starting in early 1970s, she was one of the very first women to be allowed in Indy Car pits throughout the country for practice, qualifying, and for the race itself. In 1976, she became the first woman car owner in the modern day era in Indy Car racing to own, score the race, and have her car compete in the Indianapolis 500. Her son, Spike, drove her car in his rookie year at Indianapolis. She was an integral part of her husband, Carl Gehlhausen Sr.'s, race car ownership career that spanned over a quarter of a century. Starting in1954, they owned and raced midgets, sprint cars, dirt and Indy cars. In all, 50 drivers drove for the Gehlhausen team; among these great drivers were AJ Foyt, Tom Sneva, Lloyd Ruby, Tom Begelow, and of course, her son Spike, who drove in over 80 Indy Car races throughout his career. Margie and Carl had over 21 feature wins in all forms of racing, with more than 150 Indy Car starts. In her later years, she enjoyed playing bingo and was an avid reader.
Survivors include her children, Carl "Junie" Gehlhausen (Carrie), Cicero, Jeannie Knies (Joe), Jasper, and Daniel "Spike" Gehlhausen (Carolyn), Speedway, six grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Preceding her in death are, two sisters, Marie Hagen and Betty Ransome, and three brothers, Eddie, Bill and Jim Briggeman.
A Celebration of Life Memorial Mass will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com
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