Mr. Gerdes enjoyed many interests including collecting and preserving old cars, photography, and cultivating beautiful roses. He enjoyed taking trips with his family and had traveled to Washington state with his daughter and grandchildren and to Ireland with his son, Alaska, Italy, and Hawaii. He took great pride in maintaining his farm property in immaculate condition, passers-by would often stop to take pictures of the pristine property.
He leaves his wife, Laura Sumner Gerdes, whom he married June 24, 1961, in the Halifax Church. He is also survived by his brother, Roger and wife Joan Gerdes, of Mercer Island, WA; son Timothy Gerdes, of Tacoma, WA; daughter, Wendy and husband Jeff Musiak, of Federal Way, WA; and grandchildren, Sophia and Benjamin; as well as nieces, nephews, cousins and many special friends
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, March 5, at the Jacksonville Community Church. A memorial gathering followed at the Whitingham Municipal Center.
In lieu of flowers and to honor Mr. Gerdes’ memory the family suggests friends take the time to do something special with a loved one, such as go out to dinner.
Mr. Gerdes’ family wishes to acknowledge the staff of Franklin Medical Center for the kindness and caring support shown to them during this difficult time.
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