John Gerdeman passed away

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Earl John Gerdeman, 85, of Delphos, died at 3:55 pm on July 17, 2015, at St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family. He was born January 3, 1930, on a farm near Middle Point, Oh to Edward and Helen (Renner) Gerdeman. He married Doris Meyer on June 23, 1956; she survives in Delphos at the Sarah Jane Living Center. Other survivors include a sister, Janice Kaskocsak, of Dayton; a brother, Bill (Mary) Gerdeman, of Delphos; a brother in-law, Carl (Ida) Meyer, of Columbus; a sister-in-law, Lorene (Louis) Jettinghoff, of Delphos; and sister-in-law, Marilyn (Gary) Elsass, of Sidney, Oh. Additionally, he was loved and will be greatly missed by many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a sister, Ella Mae Gogel; infant brother, Robert Cletus; and brothers-in-law, Kenneth Gogel, and Valentine Kaskocsak. Earl graduated as valedictorian of the Middle Point High School class of 1948. He attended The Ohio State University and received both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Vocational Agriculture. He taught Vocational Agriculture at the former Payne High School until being drafted to the United States Army in 1952. He then taught Vocational Agriculture for 35 years at Lincolnview High School until his retirement in 1989. During his time in the United States Army, he went to Blacksmith School and taught blacksmithing to soldiers being sent to Korea. He continued this job until his discharge in 1954. He used these skills to teach blacksmithing to other agriculture teachers around Ohio for the State Board of Education. Earl was a lifelong farmer who loved to share his passion for agriculture. He was also an avid gardener and enjoyed sharing his produce with neighbors and friends. He was a loyal fan of the Lincolnview Lancers and Cincinnati Reds. He also enjoyed attending ballgames of his many great-nieces and nephews, and rarely missed a game. In 2013, he received the Ohio Farm Bureau Distinguished Service Award. In addition, he received the American FFA Degree, was named Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for the state of Ohio and was a past Ambassador Club member for the Ohio Farm Bureau. He also served on the governing boards of the Van Wert County Hospital, Midwest Electric Cooperative and Van Wert County Farm Bureau. He was a member of the Delphos St. John’s Knights of Columbus. He volunteered yearly for Van Wert County’s Cows and Plows event, teaching young students about farm history and old fashioned agriculture. Additionally, he mentored young farmer and adult farmer organizations. He was a lifelong member of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Delphos, where a Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, July 21, at 1:30 pm. Fr. Charles Obinwa will be officiating. Burial will be in St. John’s Cemetery following the Mass. Full Military Grave Rites will be performed by the Delphos Veterans’ Council. Family and friends may call from 2:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Monday, July 20, at Harter and Schier Funeral Home where a Parish Wake will be held at 2:00 pm. Memorial contributions may be made to the Earl J. Gerdeman Scholarship Fund at Linconlview High School or the Alzheimer’s Association. To leave condolences, visit

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