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MINONK Edwin C. Gerdes, 86, of Minonk, died at 3:01 p.m. Monday (Dec. 12, 2005) at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center, Bloomington.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Friday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk, with Fr. Deo Gratias Kiwanuka officiating. Burial with military rites will follow in St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday with the rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m. at Calvert & Froelich Memorial Home, Minonk. Memorials may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Edwin was born Nov. 21, 1919, in Dana, the son of Frederick B. and Matilda Feider Gerdes. He married Garnet L. Pelz on Sept. 4, 1942, in Minonk. She survives.

Also surviving is a daughter, Wanda (Jerry) Lay, Minonk; two sons, Dwight (Kim) Gerdes, Morton, and Lynden (Lawson) Gerdes, Isabella, Minn.; one brother, Lawrence Gerdes, Joliet; one sister, Aline Finnell, Kenosha, Wis.; four grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and four step-great-grandchildren.

He was a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Minonk.

He was a member of the Minonk American Legion Post 142, Minonk VFW Post 7185 and a third-degree member of the Minonk Knights of Columbus Council 985.

He was a veteran of WWII, having served with the U.S. Army Air Force.

He was a retired milk distributor for 27 years and prior to that, he worked at Minonk Bakery for 14 years. He had also worked maintenance at Petri Brothers Co. in Minonk.

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