Obituary of Frank John Gerdes
Source: Rock County Star-Herald, Luverne, MN
Date: Thursday, July 3, 1947
Gerdes Rites Are Held Here Sunday
Funeral services for Frank John Gerdes, 67, resident of Luverne since last
October, were held at the Smith Funeral home here and at Trinity Evangelical
Lutheran church in Brewster Sunday. Pastor Martin Hauser of Luverne
officiating. Interment was in the church cemetery. Pallbearers were
nephews, Harvey Gerdes, Le Roy Besser, Warren Wilson, Donald Bayerkohler,
Raymond Aherns and Mervin Bayerkohler.
Mr. Gerdes died at his home here on North Cedar street at 3:45 a.m.
Thursday. He had been in failing health for some time, but had been
bedridden only a week.
Born in Livingston county, Ill., January 31, 1880, Mr. Gerdes lived there
until he was 21 years of age, then came with his parents to Minnesota,
settling on a farm near Brewster. He lived there 33 years, moving to Isle,
where he resided 10 years, and then to Hoffman, Minn. where he lived four
years before coming to Luverne last fall. He was married at Brewster to
Alvina Bayerkohler on January 28, 1925, and in April of the following year,
he was confirmed by Rev. H. Kreiger. He was engaged in farming most of his
life. While at Isle, Minn. he served two terms on the town board.
Surviving him are his wife, two children, Velma Gerdes, St. Paul, and Lloyd
Gerdes, Hoffman, Minn., three brothers, Hie Gerdes, Brewster, John Gerdes,
Melrose, and George Gerdes of Burtrum, Minn., and two sisters, Mrs. W.J.
Gebe, Minneapolis, and Mrs. Fred Besser, Luverne.
CARD OF THANKS
Gerdes, Frank.--We wish to express our sincere thanks and appreciation to
our many kind friends and neighbors for the acts of sympathy shown us during
the illness and death of our dear husband, father and brother. We
especially thank Rev. Hauser, the choir, organist, pallbearers, the ladies
who served the dinner, Dr. Sherman, Mrs. O.I. Thompson, those who furnished
cars and for the beautiful floral offerings.
Alvina Gerdes, Floyd and Velma
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Besser
submitted by: Colleen Boose