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Ernest A. Gerdes

May 21, 1922 April 2, 2019
Ernest A. Gerdes
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Obituary for Ernest A. Gerdes

Ernest “Ernie” A. Gerdes was born on May 21, 1922, in Fulda, MN. He was the son of George and Hermina Wihelm (Bakker) Gerdes. Ernest married Manna “Marian” Veen on March 12, 1947, in Worthington, MN, where he resided until his death. He worked for Western Coop driving gas transport and also had many part-time jobs. Ernie enjoyed his family so much. He was a strong believer of the Lord and Solid Rock Assembly in which he was the longest member and served as a church greeter for over 50 years. In September of 2018, Ernie was honored to attend the Honor Flight Mission #3 to Washington D.C. escorted by his nephew, Norbert Bremer. It was one of the greatest highlights of his life. Ernie enjoyed watching his Twins and Vikings games and was a very avid gardener – always bragging about his big tomatoes. Ernie died very peacefully on Tuesday, April 2, 2019, at the South Shore Care Center in Worthington, MN.
Ernie is survived by his children, Ruth (John) Sparks of Horn Lake, MS, Paulette (Ron) Bass of Worthington, MN, Gary (Judy) Gerdes of Worthington, MN, Cheryl (Ronny) Schuett of Worthington, MN, Patricia Damon of Worthington, MN, Kevin (Linda) Gerdes of Windom, MN, and Carla (Peter) Schoon of Long Lake, MN; many grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great great grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife; one daughter, Michele; his parents, and 15 siblings.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 6, 2019, at 10:30 a.m., at Solid Rock Church in Worthington, MN, with Pastor Scott Peterson officiating. Casket bearers will be Scott Bass, Shannon Bass, Jacques Damon, Norbert Bremer, Dallas Bass, and Mick Eggers. Burial, with military rites, will be in the Worthington Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the church.
Benson Funeral Home in Worthington is in charge of the arrangements.

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Visitation

Saturday

6

Apr

9:00 AM 4/6/2019 9:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 4/6/2019 10:30:00 AM
Solid Rock Church

1730 Diagonal
Worthington, MN 56187

Solid Rock Church
1730 Diagonal Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Service

Saturday

6

Apr

10:30 AM 4/6/2019 10:30:00 AM
Solid Rock Church

1730 Diagonal
Worthington, MN 56187

Solid Rock Church
1730 Diagonal Worthington 56187 MN
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Memorial Gardens Final Resting Place

29600 County Highway 35
Worthington, MN 56187

29600 County Highway 35 Worthington 56187 MN
United States
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