Fred Norman Gerdes was born March 15, 1951 in Anthony, Kansas to Freddie Oren Gerdes and Norma Lucille (Hufford) Gerdes. Growing up on a farm east of Attica, Fred enjoyed all that life in the country provided. He rode the bus to school and relished in giving the older girls grief soon donning the nickname “Frightful Freddie.” He graduated from Attica High School in 1969, while there meeting his future wife, Debbie (Miller) Gerdes. They were united in marriage March 10, 1973 to which were born two boys, Chad and Chris. Fred and Debbie made their home in Attica where Fred began his 45-year career in the oil and gas field. This trade took the couple to Mont Belvieu, Texas and later Graham, Texas before leading them back to their home in Attica. Fred had a love and passion for music, sports, and especially his family. He led the church in song and followed his son, Chad and wife, Penny, to many a karaoke night. He played slow-pitch softball on numerous teams and made an abundance of friends through the years. In his later days he spent much of his time playing golf. Not even the weather could stop him as you would often find him on the course in the middle of winter as long as it was above 40 degrees. Never did he miss a football, basketball, baseball, or volleyball game that his boys, grandkids, nephews or nieces played. Fred and Debbie’s love for their grandchildren later brought them to Anthony where they lived the remainder of their years together. On December 18, 2018 Fred passed away at the Attica Long Term Care Center in Attica, Kansas at the age of 67 years, after over a two-year long battle with a glioblastoma brain tumor, much exceeding medical expectations. Through his battle with cancer Fred maintained his cheerful spirit and constant fight, never giving up hope and continuing to be a shining light to all those around him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Oren and Norma Gerdes and sister, Donna Gerdes. Fred’s memory will not be forgotten to those who survive, wife Debbie Gerdes; son Chad Gerdes and wife Penny of Attica, Kansas, granddaughter Tristan and grandson Alek; son Chris Gerdes and wife Leah of Anthony, Kansas, grandson Kye and granddaughter Emmy; sister Myra Dick and husband Ralph of Isabel, Kansas; sister-in-law Judy Miller of Attica, Kansas; brother-in-law Monte Miller and wife Diana of Attica, Kansas; and many beloved relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Life will be held 2:00 p.m. January 19, 2019 at Prairie Rose Funeral Home in Anthony with Pastor Ed Hughlett officiating. The family would like to invite everyone to a reception at the Attica Memorial Building following the service.
Friends may sign the register 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Friday, January 18th at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Attica High School Athletics and may be sent in care of the funeral home.
Prairie Rose Funeral Homes, 602 E. Main St., Anthony, KS 67003, is in charge of arrangements.