|Birth: ||Jul. 21, 1936|
|Death: ||Mar. 22, 2008|
The Nelson Gazette, 27 March 2008: Don George Gerdes, the son of George Janssen and Frieda (Koinzan) Gerdes, was born on July 21, 1936 at Hebron, Nebraska. He passed away on March 22, 2008 at his home near Nelson, Nebraska at the age of 71 years, 8 months and 1 day.
Don was one of five children; he attended School District 65 and Davenport grade school and graduated from Davenport High School. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Davenport where he was baptized on December 27, 1936 & confirmed on April 2, 1950.
He was a strong supporter of the NRA. His outdoor enjoyment included fishing at the Lovewell Lake and also in Texoma with his close friends. He enjoyed riding his Harley a highlight was a trip to the Sturgis Road Rally, and he was known to go on long rides, always with a destination in mind. He liked hunting, pheasants and deer, and loved restoring old John Deere tractors. He truly enjoyed the time he spent with his grandchildren.
Proceeding him in death were his parents, and nephew Bill Giebel.
Survivors include his friend and companion, Helen Boatman of rural Nelson, Nebraska; Don's children: Elizabeth Gerdes, Mitchell Gerdes and Karen Gerdes all of Lincoln, Nebraska and Brent Gerdes and wife Kathy of South Carolina; 4 grandchildren; Helen's children, Darla Sammons and husband Justin of Lincoln, Nebraska, Darin Boatman and wife Shellie of Hastings, Nebraska, David Echols of Glenvil, Nebraska and Wade Echols who is presently serving in Iraq and his wife Karen of Deshler, Nebraska; Helen's 3 grandchildren; sisters, Margaret Karnatz and husband Ray of Davenport, Nebraska, Audrey Trowbridge and husband Robert of Hebron, Nebraska and Wanda Giebel of Cornell, Wisconsin and one brother, George Gerdes of Davenport, Nebraska; along with a host of nieces and nephews and other friends.
Funeral Services were held on Thursday, March 27, 2008 from the Christ Lutheran Church in Davenport, Nebraska with Pastor's Stuart Sell, Amy Krejcarek and Pat Norris officiating. Music was sung by Betty Edzards and Charlotte Sell with Deb Johnson, organist.
Pallbearers were Wayne Kling, Max Degenhardt, Kevin Trowbridge, Davin Morris, George Gerdes, and Chance Gerdes. Honorary Pallbearers were Paul Statz, Duane "Tub" Drohman, Marvin Koinzan, Dan Bruan, Jerry Lahners, Edward Kling, Bob Werner, Jerry Drohman, Wade Echols and Dennis Koinzan.
Interment was in the Smith Cemetery, rural Nelson, Nebraska.
Megrue-Price Funeral Home of Superior, Nebraska was in charge of the arrangements.
George Janssen Gerdes (1902 - 1993)
Frieda Anna Lenora Koinzan Gerdes (1909 - 1983)
Created by: Peggy Bargen Duey
Record added: Apr 08, 2008
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