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Donald Gerhardt

June 27, 1913 — March 10, 2011

Donald Gerhardt, 97, Barrett, died Thursday, March 10, 2011, at the Barrett Care Center.

Don was born June 27, 1913, in Welcome, Minnesota, to Oscar and Clara (Martens) Gerhardt. He received his education at a country school near Welcome. He farmed with his family in rural Welcome until 1948, when he moved to Hoffman.

On November 1, 1937, he was united in marriage to Eleanora Hagen. To this union, two sons were born, Dale and Glen. Eleanora passed away on February 17, 1975. On April 17, 1976, he was united in marriage to Gladys Rohloff.

In Hoffman, Don farmed small grain, dairy cattle, hogs, chickens and ducks. He also did custom spraying and baling. He then became a seed salesman for Cargill. He was a territory manager including 30 counties in Minnesota, South Dakota, and North Dakota. He had served on both the Welcome and School District #32 school boards, the Zion Lutheran Church Board, and as a 4-H adult leader. He was a past president of the Barrett Civic & Commerce Association. He taught community education classes and served on the Community Education Advisory Board.

Don enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, woodworking, and traveling. He was a volunteer driver for any organization or person who needed drivers. He enjoyed playing games and cards with his grandchildren and enjoyed time spent with his family.

Don is survived by his wife, Gladys, of Barrett; son Glen (Patricia) Gerhardt of Bloomington; step-daughters LaVonne Rohloff of Roseville, Eileen (Paul) Peterson of Waverly, Colleen (Kent) Marshall of Barrett and Rhonda Hjelle of Alexandria; brothers Paul (Gloria) Gerhardt of Fairmont, Robert (Doris) Gerhardt of Welcome and Albert (Gladys) Gerhardt of Fairmont; 18 grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife Eleanora (1975); son Dale (2005); grandson, Paul (2006); three sisters, Helen Shaw, Lillian Hartwig and Rosella Langford, and one brother, Marvin Gerhardt.

Funeral Service: 11 a.m. on Tuesday, March 15, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church, Barrett; Rev. Matthew Rose, officiating.

Visitation: 4-6 p.m. on Monday, March 14, 2011, at Peace Lutheran Church, Barrett; and resuming one hour prior to services on Tuesday.

Burial: Zion Lutheran Cemetery, Hoffman.

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