Richard P. Gerdner, 90, of Burlington died at 5:32 a.m., Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.
Born July 3, 1927 in Burlington, he was the son of William Sr. and Rachel (Drumm) Gerdner. He married Edna Marie Rust on June 30, 1950 in Burlington.
Richard was self-employed, owning Gerdner Rental Properties for 67 years until his retirement in 2017. He played football and graduated from Burlington High School. He served in the US Army during the Korean War. He was a member of First United Methodist Church of Burlington. He belonged to the American Legion Post #52 and was an avid Hawkeye, Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. It was a great day when the Cubs won the World Series! He had many interests including going to auctions, attending Cubs games, bowling in a number of leagues, morel mushrooms, weekend trips and rides to rural farm communities with his daughter. Richard truly loved his family.
Survivors include his wife, Edna; daughter, Linda Gerdner of Burlington; sister in law, Helen Gerdner of Burlington, nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two brothers, William Jr., and Robert; and three sisters, Ruth Fischer, Myrtle Williams and Helen Gerdner (died in childhood).
A memorial has been established for the Des Moines County Humane Society.
Condolences to his family he was my lanlord until he retired in 2017 may god bless his family at this time your smith st tenant
My condolences to the family. May Mr. Gerdner's great contributions and spirit remains with his family and friends. Dr. Witter from New York. Friend of Dr. Gerdner.
Linda and family. I am so sorry for your loss. I will remember Richard from his shopping days at Lowe's where I work. And from his visits at Bickford to visit his wife. My mother was Helen Lutteneger, that also lived at Bickford.
I will so miss this sweet man. I was a previous care taker of his wife. I started calling her grandma so he became grandpa. I will never forget the day the Cubs won ( I'm a Cardinals fan) but to see their faces was a keepsake
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