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Kenneth Gerdes

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[January 22, 2010]  CHESTNUT -- Kenneth Gerdes Sr., 94, of Chestnut, died Thursday, Jan. 21, 2010, at 7:51 a.m. at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

His funeral will be at 10 a.m. Saturday at Fricke-Calvert-Schrader Funeral Home in Mount Pulaski, with the Rev. Joel Dietrich officiating. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.

Burial will be in Laenna Cemetery, Chestnut.

Mr. Gerdes owned and operated Gerdes Trucking.

He was born Aug. 7, 1915, in Petersburg to Alfred and Edith Lolson Gerdes. He married Emma Evers in Petersburg on Sept. 5, 1937. She preceded him in death on April 18, 1997.

He is survived by one daughter, Norma Jean (and Ron) Powers of Pana; three sons, Kenneth W. Jr. (and Sharon) Gerdes of Mount Pulaski, George (and Cathy) Gerdes of Chestnut and Robert Gerdes of Atlanta, Ga.; one sister, Jean Rolle of Beardstown; 12 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren; and 13 great-great-grandchildren.

He was also preceded in death by one daughter, Joan Harbert; one grandson; one sister; and three brothers.

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He was a member of Chestnut Zion Lutheran Church.

He was a Boy Scout leader for many years.

Memorials may be made to Chestnut EMS.

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