Dean Gerdts

Dean Gerdts

February 17, 1933 - May 23, 2021
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Dean Edwin Gerdts, age 88 of Fremont, Nebraska passed away Sunday, May 23, 2021 at the VA Medical center In Omaha.

He was born February 17, 1933 in Lincoln, NE to Edwin and Esther (Funk) Gerdts.
Dean lived in Mead, NE and came to Fremont in 1943. He was a 1950 graduate of Fremont Senior High School. He then served in the US Air Force from May 27, 1950 to December 23, 1953 in England during the Korean War. He stayed in England during the war and also worked in several states prior to returning to Fremont in 1978. He married Lois E. Hann on October 29, 1966 at South View Baptist Church in Lincoln. He was a blacksmith and welder at Wahoo Metal Products and lived in Wahoo for a few years before settling in Fremont where he was employed by Oil Gear retiring in 1998. In retirement worked at Hormel as a Security Guard. Lois passed away in 2008. He married Coralee Pedersen – Gerdts October 13, 2013, at the Fremont Friendship Center.

He was a founding member of the former Emmanuel Baptist Church and former member of Calvary Baptist, the VFW and American Legion, DAV, Fremont Friendship Center all in Fremont, the NRA, the Military Vehicle Preservation Association, and founding member of The Great Plains Society of Military Historians. He was active in Boy Scout Troop # 1103 and Assistant Troop Master.

Dean is survived by his wife, Coralee; his daughters, Deborah Gerdts and Nena Gerdts-Zastera both of Fremont; 1 grandson, Zane Zastera; step children, Karl Holtz of Duncan, OK, Pam Burch of Fremont, and Robbert Holtz of Blair, NE; 5 step grandchildren; 1 step great granddaughter and 1 step great grandson on the way.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and wife, Lois

Funeral will be 1:30 PM, Friday, May 28, 2021, at Moser Memorial Chapel in Fremont. Visitation will be on Thursday, from 5:00 PM until 8:00 PM, also at Moser’s. Interment and Military Honors will be conducted at Ridge Cemetery in Fremont.

Memorial are suggested to the Fremont Friendship Center

Online condolences may be left at

Moser memorial Chapel, 2170 N. Somers Ave., Fremont, NE 68025 402-721-4490.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday May 27, 2021 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday May 27, 2021 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ Fremont
    2170 N Somers Ave.
    FREMONT, NE 68025
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Friday May 28, 2021 | 1:30pm
    Friday May 28, 2021 1:30pm
    Moser Memorial Chapel Funeral & Cremation Services @ Fremont
    2170 N Somers Ave.
    FREMONT, NE 68025
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Leland Foreman
  • Interment

    Ridge Cemetery
    FREMONT, NE 68025
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email


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Verla McClay/Swearingin

Posted at 07:00pm
Coralee, I'm glad you and Dean were able to attend some of our FHS Class of '50 events. My sympathy is extended to you, his family, and the extended family for both of you at the Senior Friendship Center. I hope to have the opportunity to visit with you after tomorrow's service and interment. God bless you and protect you.
Verla [McClay] Swearingin, Lincoln NE
FHS Class of 1950

David McCarty

Posted at 12:00pm
Hello Debbie and Nena,
I don't know if you remember me or not, but I was a good friend of your dad and mom. I worked with your dad at Oilgear and we became good friends over the years. I had tried ot get ahold of your dad several times through various means, yet I was never able to connect with him over the last several years. I am sorry to hear of his death and may you know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers. I am glad I had the opportunity to get to know Dean and Lois and to call them my friends. God bless and keep you in His care att his time of loss! David McCarty

Mike and Sharon Wiles

Posted at 11:58am
Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
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Shelley Kempenar-Martis

Posted at 02:38pm
So many memories at the Gerdts house... You will be missed.

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