HOLDREGE -- Lee A. Gerdes, 86, died Thursday (May 12, 2005), at the Christian Homes in Holdrege.
He was born July 22, 1918, to Herman and Pearl (Smith) Gerdes on a family farm south of Max in Dundy County. As a young boy, he attended school in Dundy County and later engaged in farming with his father and uncle.
On Dec. 18, 1940, he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for six years during World War II. He was stationed at the U.S. Navy Submarine Base at Pearl Harbor from March 1941 to June 1944.
On June 5, 1945 he married Beulah Lantis of Oberlin. The couple made their home at New London, Conn., where he was stationed, until his discharge on Dec. 17, 1946. They returned to Culbertson and Wauneta, and eventually settled in Holdrege. He owned and operated Lee's Frontier/Husky Station until his retirement.
He was preceded in death by his parents; six brothers, Everett, Lyle, Archie, Rex, Freddie and LeRoy Gerdes; and three sisters, Opal Amsberry, Ethel Dubbert, and Lena Mae Sloan.
Survivors include his wife, Beulah; twin sons, Stanley Gerdes of Holdrege, and Richard Gerdes, and wife, Sheila of Omaha; one sister, Velda Hartman of McCook; one brother-in-law, Dale Lantis of Fort Collins, Colo.; two sisters-in-law, Ethel Gerdes of Long Beach, Miss., and Mariann Ogorzolka of Bartley; one grandson; and two step-grandsons.
Services will be Tuesday, 10 a.m., at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege with the Rev. Kenton Birtell officiating. Internment will be in the Benkelman Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. (MDT).
Visitation will be Monday from 1-9 p.m. at the Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home in Holdrege.
A memorial has been established in his name.
Nelson-Bauer Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.