ROCK INGEBRAND FUNERAL HOME – BRAHAM
Keith Gerdin, of Seattle, Washington, passed away on Wednesday, October 25, 2017. He was 98 years old.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at the Braham Covenant Church.
INTERMENT will be in the North Maple Ridge Cemetery near Braham.
Keith W. Gerdin of Seattle, WA went home to be with Jesus, October 25th, 2017. He was 98 years and 9 months old.
Keith was born to Eric and Ellen Gerdin in South Bend, WA January 7, 1919. At an early age, the Gerdin family moved back to Braham, Minnesota to work the extra farm adjacent to John Gerdin’s (grandfather) farm. Keith was the eldest of three boys, followed by James and Dale. Keith graduated from Braham High School in 1937.
Following High School, he continued to work the farm, and then joined the Army. He was stationed in San Antonio TX, Pendleton, OR, and Ft. Lewis WA. Keith met Gladys Hansen at First Covenant Church in Seattle, while stationed at Ft. Lewis. Shortly after his return to civilian life in Minnesota, he went to Minneapolis Business College where he studied accounting. Gladys was on vacation with her family in Wisconsin, and after 5 years of correspondence, he proposed. They were married one week later on August 12, 1947.
After 1-1/2 years in Minneapolis, Keith and Gladys headed west, living and working in Seattle, Bellingham, Wenatchee, and settling in Seattle. They had three daughters, Phyllis, Karen, and Janice. He was an accountant and worked at Societe’ Candy Company for 20 years. Later, he worked for Harris Electric, Inc. until his retirement in 1984. Shortly after both Keith’s and Gladys’ retirement, they volunteered for mission service at the Covenant radio station, KCFA, in Eagle River Alaska. They served from November 1988 until November 1991 when they returned to their home in Seattle. Gladys passed away in November 1999 and a couple years later Keith moved to Covenant Village in Golden Valley MN, and then to Covenant Shores in Mercer Island, WA, (near Seattle) in 2005.
Keith and Gladys were Charter Members of Interbay Covenant Church of Seattle, WA. Keith was a member of Gideons International, from 1950 until his death. He was also a member of the National Association of Accountants until his retirement.
Keith loved to travel, and some of his highlights included his three trips to Scandinavia. He loved maps and seeing where they led, loved to visit new and old friends, and have coffee and pastries. He and Gladys welcomed many people into their home over the years and they were always willing to help others whenever they could. In later years he continued to keep up with family, friends, and current events. Keith was grateful for his Christian heritage and at a young age during a tent revival meeting, he decided to give his life to Christ. His relationship with Jesus was the most important thing in his life, and he wanted others to know and experience the saving grace of Jesus.
Keith is survived by his three daughters, Phyllis Rogers (Richard) of Kent, WA; Karen Broncyzk (Stan) of Anchorage, AK; and Janice Means of Pacific, WA. His seven grandchildren are Joshua Rogers (Lydia), Janell Wells (Matt); Loren Bronczyk (Rebecca), Heidi Krumland (Eric), Erik Bronczyk; Jon-Erik Means (Natalie), and Kristoffer Means. Great grandchildren are Jonas and Miles Rogers. He is also survived by brothers James Gerdin of Braham, MN and Dale Gerdin of Golden Valley, MN.
He is preceded in death by his beloved wife Gladys, his parents, and his son-in-law Gary Means.
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