Dean GehrtzDean Henry Gehrtz, 82, New Rockford, N.D.
Dean Henry Gehrtz, 82, New Rockford, N.D., died Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009, at Carrington Health Center, Carrington, N.D.
Mr. Gehrtz was born July 17, 1927, at Drayton, N.D., the son of Clarence and Gretta (Brouse) Gehrtz. He grew up and attended school in Kempton, N.D., and Larimore, N.D. He married Edith Cicha on Aug. 30, 1949, in Larimore. He worked briefly for Great Northern Railroad Bridge Department. He then went into the grain business as elevator manager in Larimore and Sheyenne, N.D. In 1967, they moved to New Rockford. He worked for International Stanley in the grain sampling division in a four-state area. In 1983, they owned and operated the Silvercrest Bakery in New Rockford until they retired in 1995. He enjoyed sharing stories, learning computer skills, fishing and hunting.
He is survived by his wife; four sons, David (Patti), and Dennis (Mary), both New Rockford, Steven (Elaine), Moorhead, Minn., and Curtis (Barb), Fargo, N.D.; four daughters, Vickie Vinnard, Devils Lake, N.D., Carol (Mike) Risovi, Escondido, Calif., Shirley (Pat) Hughes, Covington, Ohio, and Donna (Bruce) Gedrose, New Rockford; a sister, Elsie Reinhart, Grand Forks, N.D.; 19 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Kenneth.
Services: 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, St John’s Catholic Church, New Rockford, with the Rev. Bernard Pfau officiating.
Prayer service: 7:30 p.m. today at the church.
Visitation: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.
Burial: St. John’s Cemetery, New Rockford.
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