Clarence A. Geerdes, 95, of Wellsburg, died at his home on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013, while under the care of his family and Iowa Hospice. Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, at the Wellsburg Reformed Church with Pastor Gary Mulder officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Doyen-Abels Funeral Home in Wellsburg. Burial will take place at the Riverside Cemetery in Marshalltown at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 23, 2013, with military honors provided by Marshalltown VFW Post #839 and American Legion Post #46. Memorials may be directed to the family. To leave a message of condolence, please visit our website at www.abelsfuneralhomes.com.
Clarence was born Oct. 25, 1917, in Wellsburg, son of Henry A. and Alberdena (Neessen) Geerdes. He graduated from Wellsburg High School in 1935. Clarence was a World War II veteran, serving with the Army from 1943-1946. He served in the South Pacific and obtained the rank of Staff Sergeant.
On Nov. 1, 1947, Clarence was united in marriage to Nelda Mae Beasley at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Wellsburg. The couple made their home in Wellsburg and in 1962, Clarence and Nelda adopted their son David. Clarence and his brother, Henry started their business, Iowa Radiant Electric Heat in 1955, and Clarence retired in 1998 at the age of 81.
He enjoyed duck and pheasant hunting, traveling in his motor home to visit family in Minnesota, going to Meskwaki Casino and just spending time visiting with family and friends.
He is survived by son, David (Kelly) Geerdes, of Union; grandchildren: Adam Geerdes, Brian (Jodee) Geerdes, Steven Geerdes, Amanda Geerdes, David Geerdes Jr., Roy Tiefel and Brandi Tiefel; great-grandchildren, Colter and Layne Geerdes and Peyton and Daniel Geerdes and sister, Helen Arends, of Wellsburg.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Nelda on May 9, 2013; by his parents; grand-daughter, Amber Marie and brothers, Arthur H., Henry D. and George H. Geerdes.