Roger Ernest Gerdts, 65, Carthage, Mo., went to lie in Jesus arms for peace, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at his home after a lengthy illness.


Roger Ernest Gerdts, 65, Carthage, Mo., went to lie in Jesus arms for peace, Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at his home after a lengthy illness.

Roger E. Gerdts was born Feb. 26, 1945, in Clarinda, Iowa, the son of Rudolph (Rudy) Gerdts and Cleona (Nelson) Gerdts. He was a graduate of Clarinda High School, a Lutheran by faith and was a truck coordinator for Leggett & Platte for 16 years. He married Ruby Burette on Nov. 17, 1972. She survives.

Roger loved hunting, fishing, motorcycles and was a former member of the Iowa National Guard. He and his wife came to Carthage in 1990 from Martins Mill, Texas.

Additional survivors include a sister, LaDonna Biggs, Kansas City, Mo.; two brothers, Robert Gerdts, Lincoln, Neb., and Jay Gerdts, Clarinda, Iowa; a son, Chad Gerdts, Carthage; five daughters, Melysa Gail Helton (two daughters, Sydney and Jayden) Thornton, Colo., Christie and Eric Petersen (a daughter and son, Chelsey and Jaboc), Thornton, Colo., MaLissa and Charles Shultz (three sons, Tim, Daryl and Mathew) Carthage, Mo., Kleona Myers and Russell Baxter (three daughters and one son, Jessica, Falisha, Catherine and Michael) Carthage, Mo., Breann and Bobby Price (two daughters and one son, Jamisha, Jason and Jasmine) Longview, Texas; one granddaughter, Sheila Kay Santillan; one god daughter, Skye Clemons. He was preceded in death by his father, Rudolph Gerdts, a daughter, Angelia Gerdts, a son, Matt Bunting Gerdts and a granddaughter, Devan Grant Childs.

Roger loved and respected everyone. He tried to live the Golden Rule (Do unto Others as you would like to be unto you).

Visitation will be held from 6–7 p.m., Friday, March 26, 2010, at Knell Mortuary, Carthage. 

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Saturday, March 27, 2010, in the Knell Mortuary Chapel. Minister Justin Avery will officiate. Private family burial will be held at a later date. 

The Gerdts family requests that only live potted flowers and plants be sent for Roger’s service. 

They request that memorial in memory of Roger Gerdts be given the Scottish Rite Hospital, Dallas, Texas or St. John’s Cancer Center, Joplin, Mo. 

Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of Knell Mortuary, 308 W. Chestnut, Carthage, Mo., 64836.