Obituary Record

Dean Edwin Gerdts
Died on 5/23/2021

Dean Edwin Gerdts, age 88 of Fremont, Nebraska passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the VA Medical center In Omaha.

He was born February 17, 1933 in Lincoln, NE to Edwin and Esther (Funk) Gerdts.

Dean lived in Mead, NE and came to Fremont in 1943. He was a 1950 graduate of Fremont Senior High School. He then served in the US Air Force from May 27, 1950 to December 23, 1953 in England during the Korean War. He stayed in England during the war and also worked in several states prior to returning to Fremont in 1978. He married Lois E. Hann on October 29, 1966 at South View Baptist Church in Lincoln. He was a blacksmith and welder at Wahoo Metal Products and lived in Wahoo for a few years before settling in Fremont where he was employed by Oil Gear retiring in 1998. In retirement worked at Hormel as a Security Guard. Lois passed away in 2008. He married Coralee Pedersen – Gerdts October 13, 2013, at the Fremont Friendship Center.

He was a founding member of the former Emmanuel Baptist Church and former member of Calvary Baptist, the VFW and American Legion, DAV, Fremont Friendship Center all in Fremont, the NRA, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, and founding member of The Great Plains Society of Military Historians. He was active in Boy Scout Troop # 1103 and Assistant Troop Master.

Dean is survived by his wife, Coralee; his daughters, Deborah Gerdts and Nena Gerdts-Zastera both of Fremont; 1 grandson, Zane Zastera; step children, Karl Holtz of Duncan, OK, Pam Burch of Fremont, and Robbert Holtz of Blair, NE; 5 step grandchildren; 1 step great granddaughter and 1 step great grandson on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Lois

Funeral will be 1:30 PM, Friday, May 28, 2021, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, also at Moser’s. Interment and Military Honors will be conducted at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorial are suggested to the Fremont Friendship Center

Moser memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave., Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.

~~~ Obituary courtesy of the Washington County Genealogical Society. Newspaper clippings on file in the Blair Public Library at Blair, Nebraska.~~~

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