Herman Junior Gerdes
Herman Junior Gerdes, age 84, of Stromsburg, Nebraska, passed away October 19, 2020 at CHI St. Elizabeth in Lincoln, Nebraska.
A graveside memorial service inurnment will be held Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. at the Shelby Cemetery with Pastor Craig Pinley officiating. Military Rites by Stromsburg Legion Post #132.
Memorials are suggested to the family to be designated later. They may be mailed to: Herman Gerdes Family, P.O. Box 362, Stromsburg, NE 68666.
Herman was born August 7, 1936 in Butler County, Iowa near Dumont to Dirk P. and Stena (Greenfield) Gerdes. He graduated from Dumont High School in 1953. He then began working for the Co-op elevator in Dumont. He later joined the United States Army, where he served as an army medic in Korea. He was honorably discharged September 30, 1964. When he returned from the service he began working for Farm Bureau Farm Service doing sales in Garner, Iowa where he met his wife Donna.
On February 9, 1962 he was united in marriage to Donna Lou Johnson at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Leland, Iowa. To this union four children were born. Over the years the family lived in various places include: Sioux Center, Iowa, Iowa Falls, Iowa Westside, Iowa, Manning, Iowa, Aspin Wall, Iowa, Grafton, Iowa and Clear Lake, Iowa.
In 1978 they moved to Shelby, Nebraska where he worked as a grain merchandiser until 1992. In 1992 they moved to Stromsburg where Herman was semi-retired but still enjoyed following the gain markets.
He was a member of the Evangelical Covenant Church and Stromsburg American Legion Post #132. He especially enjoyed being active in community organizations where ever they lived. Even in retirement he maintained an interest in farming organizations and working with the agricultural community.
He was married to Donna for 58 years with many anniversaries celebrated in Estes Park.
Survivors include his wife Donna of Stromsburg; son Derek Gerdes of Fayetteville, NC; two daughters, Darla (Ron) Hopwood of Shelby and Brenda (Ken) Toline of Bonners Ferry, ID; grandchildren: Katie, Seth, Cari (Anthony) Benda, Maddie and Kristen; great grandchildren, Arika, Cole and Jonathon, and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his son Todd Gerdes; grandson Caelan Hopwood; parents Dirk and Stena Gerdes; one nephew, Doug Gerdes; infant brother; brothers Paul and Robert.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
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