Dr. John H. Gelhot

Oct 12,1945---Mar 23,2021

Dr. John Henry Gelhot, passed away unexpectedly at the age of 75 on March 23, 2021 at Presbyterian Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico.  A Roman Catholic of the Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish, St. Louis, MO, he was an altar boy, Boy Scout, Sea Scout and Member of CREDO of the Catholic Laity, St. Louis.


He was a graduate of De Andreis High School, St. Louis, MO. After serving in the Air National Guard, the U.S. Airforce (enlisted), and U.S. Marine Corps. (Capt.) earning three honorable discharges, he went on to graduate from Cleveland Chiropractic College, Kansas City, MO. 


Dr. Gelhot is survived by his wife of 35 years, Brenda Mary (Pinto) Gelhot, his four siblings; Carol Ann (Late Charles “Phil”) Hooper, Mary Margaret “Margie” (Late Dave) Downs, Kathleen Veronica Guerra and Dr. Helen Theresa (Lt.Col. Paul K. Gewalt, USAF Retired) Gelhot.  He is also survived by his in-laws; Douglas (Alda) Pinto and daughter Dr. Angie Pinto (Deven Billimoria), Ronald (Anna Bodnar) Pinto, and Dr. Daphne deMello (nee Pinto) (Late Dr. Vincent R.deMello), and son Eric deMello.

Dr. Gelhot is preceded in death by his parents, Helen T. Gelhot (nee Specker) and Emmett J. Gelhot and niece, Nina Hooper.

He was uncle to: Chuck Hooper (Godson), Camille Spain (nee Hooper), Scott Hooper, Denise Resinger (nee Hooper), (Late Nina Hooper), Carolyn Hooper, William Burns, Jason (Kelly) Guerra (Godson), Jennifer (Kris) Weber (nee Guerra), Justin (Kelly) Guerra, Jaimie Guerra, Julie (Andrew) Rathert (nee Guerra), John (Jill) Guerra, Jessica (Bryant) O’Laughlin (nee Guerra), and Maryjoyce Gewalt.  He was an admired big brother, little brother, Godfather, great uncle, cousin, nephew, mentor, doctor, friend and beloved by many.


Dr. Gelhot helped a multitude of patients over his lifetime as a Chiropractic physician. He was certified in Kinesiology and Acupuncture. He had a special dedication to his brothers-in-arms and after over 20 years in private practice in Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, he was the first Chiropractic physician to practice within the VA Medical System where he provided outstanding care and relief to veterans and retired in 2012 from the VA Hospital in Albuquerque, NM.


A hard worker, diligent, lifelong learner, and relentless political truth seeker, John researched voraciously and persevered in daily Bible reading and study.  He enjoyed hiking, biking, skiing, canoeing, running and competed in marathons.  He took great pride in his healthy living habits, daily physical activity, and liked to dance, talk passionately, and laugh heartily which brought joy to all around.  Dr. Gelhot will be missed by all who loved him deeply.


A Holy Mass of Christian Burial, graveside ceremony and a celebration of life gathering will take place at a date and time to be announced.  See riversidefunerals.com or contact: md@privatemdstl.com for information.



In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in memory of Dr. John Gelhot to: The Cleveland Chiropractic College Foundation Fund, Cleveland University-Kansas City 10850 Lowell Avenue, Overland Park, KS 66210, Attn: Brad Ratzlaff, or online at cleveland.edu/give  or, the Bale Doneen Heart Foundation.



Douglas Pinto Mar 31 ,2021

Brother-in-law ,Sydney

We will miss John, and his passion for life. Deepest condolences

Viren Lobo Mar 31 ,2021

Cousin/nephew of Brenda ,Udaipur Rajasthan India

Dear Brenda and family, Our heartfelt condolences to the family. May his soul rest in peace Love Viren , Anne and Genevieve

Reg and Jess Soares Apr 01 ,2021

Friends ,Sydney Australia

Dear Brenda. Our sympathies for your loss. May John Rest In Peace You are in our prayers. Lots of love and a big hug Reg and Jess

Kathy Apr 02 ,2021

Sis ,St louis ,Missouri

Brenda, what a wonderful brother your John has been to us, and what a beautiful bride you have been to him! We have been so blessed to have you for our dear sister-in-law, and our hearts weep with you. We love you, Kathy

Barb (Ditmeyer) Lindsey Apr 11 ,2021

Old St. Louis friend ,Wentzville ,Missouri

My sincere condolences to John’s family. My Dad was actually John’s barber (Bob) before he joined the Air Force, & was invited to go to the river to barbecue & Waterski with Our family & other friend on the weekends. I was about 12 years old, but John made quite an impression; he was such a gentleman. We enjoyed the times John spent with us. We always wondered where life took him. Dad lost touch with him following his first leave after joining the Air Force. He treated John like a younger brother & welcomed him to our home, whenever he was able to come by. I thought it was sad that they lost touch, but that’s how life works. Again, my sincerest condolences & prayers for the family. Barb (Ditmeyer) Lindsey

Kathy Apr 13 ,2021

Sis ,St louis ,Missouri

Brenda, what a wonderful brother your John has been to us, and what a beautiful bride you have been to him! We have been so blessed to have you for our dear sister-in-law, and our hearts weep with you. We love you, Kathy