OSCEOLA — Christian Ludvig Gaedeke, 92, of Osceola, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, at Annie Jeffrey Memorial County Health Center in Osceola.
Memorial services will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Osceola with Pastor Dan Cloeter officiating. Visitation will be 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the church. Inurnment will be in Osceola Cemetery with military rites by Osceola Legion Post 91. Dubas Funeral Home of Osceola and Stromsburg has been entrusted with arrangements.
Christian was born Sept. 15, 1924, to William Fredrick August and Minnie M. (Auman) Gaedeke, the youngest of seven children, at Silver Creek. He attended country school through the eighth grade and graduated from Silver Creek High School. He served in the United States Marine Corps from Jan. 22, 1945, to Nov. 30, 1946.
On Jan. 25, 1948, he was united in marriage to Gladys Marie Carlson at Fairview Church near Silver Creek. They lived at Swede Home where Chris drove a maintainer doing road maintenance for Polk County. They then moved to Osceola where he worked at Smith Elevators. In 1956, they moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was employed at Ryerson Steel Company and due to his father-in-law’s failing health they returned to Osceola in 1960. After returning Chris opened the Standard gas station along the highway. It was during that time when Chris and Gladys began building their own home where they created a lifetime of memories. Chris later managed the Co-op Service Station in Silver Creek and later worked at the Stromsburg Co-op Service Station. He then went to work at Dale Electronics in the maintenance department where he did carpentry and electrical work for over 20 years, retiring Aug. 28, 1991. After his retirement he continued working at various jobs in the community.
He enjoyed carpentry and woodworking of all kinds, including building kitchen cupboards, working in the yard with their flowers and polka music and dancing. He was a member of the Osceola Legion, Masonic Lodge, Tehama Shriner of Hastings, Order of the Eastern Star and Dale Employees Retirement Association.
Survivors include one daughter, Lynda (Michael) Patience of Shelby; three grandchildren, Jeanne (Duncan) McMillian of Abilene, Texas, Kevin Patience of Laurens, Iowa, and Hyde Patience of Shelby; one great-granddaughter, Keira McMillian of Abilene, Texas; nieces, nephews and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, who passed away Jan. 4, 2015; one infant son, Donn LeMars Gaedeke; parents; sisters, Julia Pipkie, Alwena Nyffler, Amy Larson and Anna Ferris; and brothers, Ralph Gaedeke Sr. and William Gaedeke Jr.
Memorials are suggested to the family in lieu of flowers.