Henry Gerdsen

Henry "Hank" Gerdsen

January 9, 1950 - September 18, 2020
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Henry “Hank” Gerdsen, 70, of Canyon passed away on Friday, September 18, 2020.

Memorial services will be at 3:00 P.M. on Saturday, September 26, 2020 at St. Paul Lutheran Church with John Elser and Mike Kuhlman, officiating.

Hank was born on January 9, 1950 in Canyon to Herbert and Alice Kuehn Gerdsen.

The land that yielded crops and pastures where cattle roamed was treasured by Hank. He honored the Lord by taking care of the land. He knew that sometimes all that is green and still standing are the mesquite bushes, cactus plants and of course weeds.

One fall season featured Hank packing his VW and traveling to Denver, Colorado to attend the Rocky Mountain School of Art. The knowledge he gained and the projects he completed were a basket of blessings. He returned home as his dad’s health was failing. He wanted to continue to take care of the land and remain with family.
Hanks ability to always see the good in people sprinkled with his humor was a gift to many. The times shared with him were a blessing.

Survivors include his two sisters, Phyllis Gerdsen and Rosemary Prichard.

The family suggests memorials be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2600 4th Ave., Canyon, TX 79015; Beautiful Savior Lutheran Church Food Pantry, 3500 S. Bowie St., Amarillo, TX 79109 or to your favorite charity.
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    September 26, 2020 | 3:00pm
    September 26, 2020 3:00pm
    St. Paul Lutheran Church


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Jim Kuhlman

Posted at 08:37pm
We wish we c Ould be there, but you know at our age and with both of us having health issues, but we will be thinking of you Phyllis and Rose Mary. Hank will be so greatly missed, but we know he has a better home now. He will no longer have to worry about the drought in the Panhandle and make sure his cows get feed. He was a genius with a sharpe pointed pencil, and his artistic skills need tone shared. He had a good life out on the century old farm with his cattle and chickens and horses, a life many would like to have had. He loved the land and the environment and worked hard to preserve it.

Ann and I will always remember Hank with the old tractor seat, that once was my father's, then a part of Hank's family after 1940, that now is a neat stool in our living room in Iowa. Rest in peace on the prairie of the Texas Panhandle, Cousin Hank.

Jim and Ann. Kuhlman
Mason City, Iowa

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