Gilbert H. Geerdes

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     Gilbert Geerdes age 87, went to be with His Lord on Monday, March 27, 2023. He was born in George, Iowa to John and Lucinda Geerdes, attended rural grade school and George High School, graduated from REI Electronics in Omaha. He was employed at Western Electric (AT&T and Lucent) from 1956 to retirement in 1991. He served in the National Guard in 1958 and was recalled in 1961 to 1962. In 1957 he married Carol Meyn, and they were wed for 65 years. During these years he raised a family, and also took care of his own land, farming and gardening (especially asparagus and sweet corn). He was an active member of First Lutheran Church and an Elder. In retirement, they played guitar (Gil) and dulcimer (Carol) at many events around the area of Mo. Valley and Omaha for several years. They enjoyed traveling, camping, and wintering in Arizona. Gil also loved visiting with family and friends, attending church, music festivals, and bird watching.

     Preceded in death by: Foster son, Troy Hatfield, parents, John and Lucinda Geerdes, three brothers, Billy, David and Tom Geerdes, sister June Wood, brothers-in-law, Herb Hodgson, Ken Wood, Ken Brownell, Wilbert Hollander, Clarence Hector, sisters-in-law, Christine Geerdes, Eleanor Hector and LaVonne Hollander.

     He is survived by his wife, Carol, son, Randal (Wichita, Ks) son, Steven (Mo. Valley) and daughter, Carla (Omaha, Ne), sisters, Grace Hodgson (Davis, Ca), Lila Brownell (Eugene, Or), Cindy (Larry) Barker (Hohenwald, TN), sister-in-law, Gail Geerdes Richardson (Nevada), beloved nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

     Visitation will be Saturday from 9:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m. at the First Lutheran Church in Missouri Valley, Iowa.

     The family would like to invite everyone to a time of lunch and fellowship at the church following the committal service at the cemetery.

In Loving Memory of

Gilbert H. Geerdes

Born-October 31, 1935                                                                        George, Iowa

Died- March 27, 2023                                  Omaha, Nebraska

Funeral Service

10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 1, 2023

First Lutheran Church

Missouri Valley, Iowa


Pastor Joseph Hanson


Ben McIntosh

Congregational Selections

“O God Our Help in Ages Past”       “I’m But a Stranger Here” 

 “Amazing Grace” “Softly and Tenderly”

Music Selection

“Jesus Hold My Hand” (Sung By Gil, Carol, Carla)

Honorary Bearer

Michael Samson

Casket Bearers

Warren Tiedeman                                            David Hollander

Darren Hollander                                                   Larry Barker

Brian Hector Bill Fox

Final Resting Place

Branson Cemetery

Loveland, Iowa



  • Ken and Joyce (Hemdricks)Koistinen Posted March 30, 2023 12:20 pm

    Carol and family
    So sorry to hear of Gilbert’s passing. Sincere prayers for you all.

    Ken and Joyce (Hendricks) Koistinen

  • Marcia Morrison Posted March 31, 2023 7:20 am

    Carol, I’m so sorry to read about Gil’s passing. Troy always spoke so fondly of both of you. Thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Marcia Morrison

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