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Daniel D. Gerdes

July 30, 1954 - August 27, 2023

Service Date September 5, 2023

Location Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help

Visitation will be on Monday, September 4, 2023, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m., with a wake service starting at 7:00 p.m., at Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, September 5, 2023, at 10:00 a.m., at Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help followed by burial at Mountain View Cemetery.

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Miss you dad!

Posted by Caitlin on September 27, 2023

So very sorry to hear of passing of Dan. He was a wonderful classmate, friend and roommate. I was unable to make the service as was out of town but please know the whole family has been and will continue to be in my thoughts and prayers! RIP G-Man!

Posted by Dave Beranek on September 6, 2023

Nan, Spencer, and Caitlin - Steve and I are so sad to hear of Dan's death. He was such a unique and special individual. He always brought a smile to our hearts, and we will miss him a LOT. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all as you grieve his death. Stay strong! Mary Stein and Steve Abraham

Posted by Mary Stein on September 5, 2023

I am so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. I spent many enjoyable hours discussing state employee issues with him during my membership with SDSEO. What a delightful and funny man he was.

Posted by Crystal Bach on September 5, 2023

Cousin Nan, We are so sorry for your loss. A companion and partner is a lifelong gift. Our thoughts remain with you all. Love, Rebecca and Jerry

Posted by Rebecca Phillips on September 4, 2023

Nan and family, Sorry to hear of your loss. Will keep him and your family in my prayers. His goodness and public service will not be forgotten and enriched many in our community. His stories, dry humor and wit make him a joy to be around. He was. Good and Faithful servant in many ways. Blessings and condolences! Jim and Lisa Kinyon

Posted by Jim and Lisa Kinyon on September 2, 2023

Many condolences to all of Dan's loved ones and friends, and his pets. What a great person he was. And on behalf of the South Dakota State Employees Organization, of which Dan was a past member and board member of, I could never say enough good things about him. In addition to being a great person, he was the epitome of a true public servant. Rest in Peace, Dan. Miss you, old friend. See you around the bend.

Posted by Eric D Ollila on September 1, 2023

Dan-o, Thanks for being you! A true Hall of Famer in every sense of the word, as a father and husband, boss- the best!!!!, friend, and of course as an integral player on the best high school basketball team in South Dakota history. Always so kind and funny, you are appreciated and loved! Rest in Paradise Dan-o!

Posted by Steve Avery on September 1, 2023

Worked with Dan for a number of years. He was a great guy and he made work a lot of fun. Condolences to the family. He will be missed.

Posted by Kim Hedeneskog on September 1, 2023

Miss you Dan. We all do.❤️

Posted by Nan Gerdes on September 1, 2023

Nan and family- I am so sorry for your loss. I enjoyed getting to know Dan at DSS. He always had something funny or off topic to share, which I enjoyed. He is the only guy I know that could pull off wearing those saddle shoes. 😊. Thinking of you at this difficult time. May God wrap his arms around you and give you each the strength you need right now.

Posted by Lori Janssen on August 31, 2023

Caitlin I am so sad to hear of your dads passing. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers during this difficult time. May God hold you in his arms during this time of healing. Prayers, Danette

Posted by Danette on August 31, 2023

I am so sorry Nan, Dan was such a good person, and definitely was a blessing and a privilege to have known him. You two were so beautiful together! He is leaving very big shoes for your kiddos to fill, but I think he was a great teacher and they will have no problem! Blessings forever my friend, Gwen (DSSCSS retired)

Posted by Gwen Menke on August 31, 2023

My thoughts and prayers are with you Nan and family during this difficult time. May the good Lord shower you all with his blessings and give you peace. Dan was a very special person with a heart of gold, he will truly be missed by many. Deepest sympathies. Hugs 🤗

Posted by Debbie Miller on August 31, 2023

In school I always thought of Dan as a really good guy. You just never know how people will turn out, and after reading his obituary, I see my perception of him was greatly exceeded by his actual life. His family and friends can take comfort in the knowledge that they are not the only ones who will be missing Dan. I am glad to know that he lived his life making people happy, making people's lives better, and basically doing what each of us are called on by God to do. Way to go, Dan! Hope to see you in Heaven some day, because I know that's where you are. My condolences to the family during this very difficult time.

Posted by Donna Hamaker on August 30, 2023

I was so privileged to have known Dan and worked with him for a number of years at DSS in Rapid City. I have fun memories of his many antics in the office. He had such a gift for making people laugh. Work was never boring or monotonous with Dan around. He was always surprising us with something. My favorite was his impersonation of "the unknown comic". My heart goes out to Nan and family.

Posted by Sandy Feickert on August 30, 2023

I'm so sorry to hear of Dan's passing. Condolences to Nan and family at this very sad time. I always thought Dan was a very nice guy. Heaven has gained another angel.

Posted by Kim Mutschelknaus on August 30, 2023

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