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1942 Deacon Richard F. Gerdeman Jr. 2024

Richard F. Gerdeman Jr.

July 11, 1942 — April 4, 2024

Rockford

Deacon Richard F. Gerdeman Jr., 81, of Rockford, passed away on April 4, 2024. 

Richard was born in Lima, Ohio, on July 11, 1942, the son of Richard F. and Rosemary (Schimpf) Gerdeman. He married Sharon (Colgrove) Gerdeman on January 30, 1965, in Winamac, Indiana. Richard's journey was a remarkable one, filled with dedication, compassion, and service. After serving his country in the U.S. Navy, Richard embarked on a fulfilling career path that touched the lives of many. In 1966, he made Rockford his home to work at Twin Disc. Later, he went on to establish Rich Gerdeman Wood Finishing, leaving a lasting legacy in the business world until 1984. However, it was Richard's role as Chaplain at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center for 18 years that truly showcased his selflessness and unwavering commitment to helping others. His ordainment as a Deacon in 1996 only further solidified his deep-rooted faith and desire to provide spiritual guidance to those in need.
 
Beyond his professional accomplishments, Richard had a wide range of hobbies and interests that brought him joy. An avid fisherman, he found peace and tranquility by the water. He also enjoyed square dancing, golfing, landscaping, and yearly visits to Florida where he could relax and soak in the sunshine.

Richard is survived by his loving wife, Sharon; his children, Kelly J. (Kenneth) Witt, and Richard F. (Katya) Gerdeman III; grandchildren, Skyler and Patrick Gerdeman; sisters, Nancy, Kathy, Betty, and Wendy. He is predeceased by his parents; daughter, Kristin Marie; brother, David Gerdeman and stepmother, Florence Bozeman. 

A visitation will be held on Friday, April 12, 2024, from 9:00 a.m. until the time of a Funeral Mass at 11:00 a.m. at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, 2400 Bell Ave., Rockford, Illinois 61103. A luncheon will be held in the parish hall, immediately following Mass. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery with military honors to conclude. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Richard’s name to St. Jude’s Children Hospital. 

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Visitation

Friday, April 12, 2024

9:00 - 11:00 am (Central time)

St. Bernadette Catholic Church

2400 Bell Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103

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Mass

Friday, April 12, 2024

11:00am - 12:00 pm (Central time)

St. Bernadette Catholic Church

2400 Bell Avenue, Rockford, IL 61103

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Burial

Friday, April 12, 2024

Starts at 2:00 pm (Central time)

Calvary Catholic Cemetery - Winnebago/Rockford

8616 West State Road, Winnebago, IL 61088

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