Bud L. Gerdes

Born: Fri., Dec. 8, 1944
Died: Wed., Dec. 2, 2009

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Buddy L. "Bud" Gerdes, a resident of Florence, died Wednesday, December 2, 2009 at the Sacred Heart Hospital in Springfield, Oregon. He was 64 years old. Memorials in his memory may be directed to the American Heart Association, 1200 NW Naito Parkway, Portland, Oregon 97209. Burns Mortuary of Pendleton is in charge of arrangements. Mr. Gerdes was born December 8, 1944 in Portland, Oregon. He was the son of John C. and Dorothy Wilkins Gerdes. He was raised and educated in Portland and graduated from Roosevelt High School with the class of 1962. After high school he attended college for a time, then enlisted into the United States Air Force and served his country during the Viet Nam War. He had been stationed in Thailand and McCord Air Force Base. After his discharge he returned to the Portland area where he had worked at various jobs. He moved to Florence, Oregon in the late 1980s. While in Florence he had worked in food service, and later began working at the Florence Fred Meyer. He had worked there until the time of his death. He greatly enjoyed raising tropical fish, as well as flowers and always had a vegetable garden. He is survived by a brother, John Gerdes of Salem: two sisters, Phyllis Baker of Prineville, Oregon and Mina Loop of Mesa, Arizona. Many nieces and nephews also survive. He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and one brother.

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