Herman Junior Gerdes, 84, Stromsburg, Nebraska, passed away October 19, 2020, at CHI St. Elizabeth in Lincoln, Nebraska. A graveside memorial service inurnment will be held at the Shelby Cemetery with Pastor Craig Pinley officiating.
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 around Iowa, to include Sioux Center, Iowa Falls, Westside, Manning, Aspin Wall, Grafton and Clear Lake.
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, Fayetteville, North Carolina, daughters Darla (Ron) Hopwood, Shelby, and Brenda (Ken) Toline, Bonners Ferry, 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, nephew Doug Gerdes and brothers Paul and Robert.
Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.