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Richard Gerdes - Departed on Jan 17, 2013 - Oconto, WI

Richard Gerdes

Born in Oconto Falls, WI on Jul 25, 1936

Died on Jan 17, 2013 and resided in Oconto, WI

Richard Gerdes, 76, Oconto, died suddenly Thursday morning, January 17, 2013 at Oconto Hospital.  He was born July 25, 1936 in Oconto Falls to Robert and Gertrude (Carriveau) Gerdes.  Richard grew up in Stiles and attended Lena public schools. 

On October 1, 1977 he married Joyce Brazeau in Oconto.  The couple has lived in Oconto for all 35 of their married years where Richard was a self-employed milk hauler with his own bulk milk trucks, often hauling 3-4 loads a day to Outagamie Milk Producers and Branch Cheese.  Due to a stroke in 1997, he was no longer able to operate Gerdes Trucking.  He was cared for at home for over the past 15 ½ years by his wife, with much assistance from family members and friends. Due to declining health in April 2012 he resided at the Woodland Village Nursing Home in Oconto.

Richard was an avid sportsman.  He enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, pool, bowling, boating and card playing.  He enjoyed gardening and spent hours caring for his yard. Although Richard liked the outdoors he was never happier than he was when spending time with family, his nieces and nephews meant the world to him.  When God chose to take Richard home he sent the world another angel by sending his niece an infant that same day.

 Richard was a member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Oconto.

Survivors are his wife, Joyce Gerdes, Oconto; their foreign exchange son (since 1986), Gilberto (Christina) Guidi, Italy; two grandchildren, Giovanni and Ricardo Guidi; one sister, Goldie Gerdes, Oconto; his mother-in-law, La Vonne Brazeau, Oconto; his sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Janice Lange (finance’ Mark Siletchnik), New Mexico; Nancy (Peter) Zubko, Oconto; Carol Brazeau, Green Bay; Steve (Laura) Brazeau, Frank Brazeau, all of Oconto; Mike Brazeau, Green Bay; close friend Katie Fettig (Green Bay) and a very special and caring friend who faithfully visited and spent time with Richard, John Pacourek,  Coleman; Aunt Gloria Warnecke, Oconto; and many nieces, nephews,  and cousins.

Visitation will be held from 4-7pm Friday, February 1, 2013 at Jones Funeral Service in Oconto Falls.  Visitation will continue after 10am Saturday, February 2, 2013 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Oconto until the time of service.  Mass of Christian Burial will be held 11am Saturday at the church with the Rev. Frs. Joel Sember and Bob Karuhn concelebrating.  Cremation will follow with burial of the urn in St. Anthony Catholic Cemetery, Oconto Falls.


Visitation: Friday Feb 1, 2013, 4-7pm Friday at Jones Funeral Service

Mass of Christian Burial: Saturday Feb 2, 2013, 11am Saturday at Holy Trinity Catholic Church

Visitation: Saturday Feb 2, 2013, after 10am until time of service at Holy Trinity Catholic Church

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