Roland Dean Gerdes
Rev. Roland Dean Gerdes, age 86, died peacefully on Tuesday, August 27th, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.
Born on January 22nd in Mason City, Iowa and growing up an Iowan farm boy, Roland was called to the Lord’s Ministry at an early age. He attended Moody Bible Institute and graduated in 1947. There he was blessed with meeting his sweetheart and future wife, Ida Lucia. They were married in 1947 in Springfield, Massachusetts.
He served the Lord as a leader in Child Evangelism Fellowship, pastored several churches nation-wide, was a founder and director of Camp Fireside in Rochester, NH and Camp Beechpoint in Allegan, MI and embarked on international mission trips, where he and his wife touched the hearts of many and led them to their Savior.
With a passion for the outdoors, Roland diligently worked on raising gardens, flowers, and honey bees, enjoyed the peacefulness of watching song birds, and marveled at the beauty of horses. He also found delight in traveling across the states, visiting friends and relatives while enjoying the beauty of the earth.
Roland is preceded in death by his loving wife Ida, his parents Oswald and Vella, his brothers Ralph, Robert, Marvin, and Eugene, and his daughter-in-law Pamela Gerdes.
His surviving family members include: his brother Charles (Charlotte) Gerdes; his children Paul Gerdes and Mary Lou (William) Rutter; his grandchildren Jeremy Mayer, Sarah Rutter, Carrie Rutter, Charise (Mark) Clark, Melissa (Donald) Leonard, Emily (Lewis Horn) Rutter, Zebulun (Holly) Rutter, and Denise Gerdes; great grandchildren Caden Dean and Luke David Clark; and many beloved nieces, nephews, and friends.
A memorial service celebrating his life will be held at 2PM on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at Mt Morris Camp and Conference Center in Wautoma, WI. The family will greet relatives and friends from 1PM until the time of service at 2PM followed by fellowship luncheon. All who have been touched by his life are invited to share their love and stories. Information can be found online as it becomes available at: www.wautomafuneralhome.com.
His family would like to thank the gentle care of Agnesian Healthcare Hospice, and the loving staff at Heartland House.