Dean Allen Gerdes

Dean Allen Gerdes, 55 of Esdaile, died unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, March 9, 2016.

Dean was born on January 20, 1961 in Red Wing, MN, the son of Larry and Mary (Cook) Gerdes. He was a 1979 graduate of Ellsworth High School. Dean met Susan Boers on a blind date, arranged by friends and they were married on October 13, 1984 in Chicago, IL. Dean was a 20 year employee of the Dayco Company and had been employed by the Red Wing Shoe Company since 2006.

He had a passion for motorcycle hill-climbing; competing for over 40 years, and he held the fast time record at Valley Springs hillclimb for 20 years. He also enjoyed helping his children compete in the sport. Dean enjoyed woodworking, small engines, tinkering and most of all he found great satisfaction in the activities his children participated in.

He was a member of Eidsvold Lutheran Church, Esdaile, WI.

Dean leaves behind his wife Sue, Esdaile, WI.
Daughter: Jaclyn (Michael) Graber, Maiden Rock, WI; and son Alex Gerdes, Ellsworth, WI.
Father: Larry Gerdes, Esdaile, WI.
Sisters: Pam (Peter) Huppert, Ellsworth, WI and Tammy (Michael Schoeder) Rupp, Bay City, WI.
He is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and numerous friends.
Dean was preceded in death by his mother Mary, brother Bradley and Grandparents.

Memorial Service for Dean will be 1:00 p.m., Monday March 14, 2016, at Eidsvold Lutheran Church, Bay City, WI. Visitation will be 3:00 – 7:00p.m., Sunday, March 13, 2016 at Hill Funeral Home, Ellsworth, WI. and one hour prior to the service at the Church on Monday.

Hill Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Ellsworth, WI is serving the family.