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"Bob" - Evald E. Gjerning

April 1, 1924 October 13, 2009
"Bob" - Evald E. Gjerning
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Obituary for "Bob" - Evald E. Gjerning

Our beloved father, brother, grandpa, great grandpa, uncle, neighbor and friend, Evald (Bob) Emil Gjerning, died October 13th, 2009 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, WI. Bob courageously battled Parkinson’s disease the last 11 years of his life. Bob was born April 1, 1924 to Peder and Kristine Gjerning in Luck. Bob was the sixth child to be born in a family of nine siblings. Bob was baptized and confirmed in the West Denmark Lutheran Church. For three years he walked a couple of miles to his confirmation classes, which were taught in Danish. Bob loved school and played the drums in the band. During the depression and the beginning of WWII Bob began his career as a farmer when he worked on a farm in Luck to help support his family. Bob met the love of his life, Sylvia Skow, at St. Peters Lutheran Church. They were married on October 17, 1948. Bob continued his work with various farms throughout the Midwest during his first years of marriage and then in 1952, Sylvia and Bob purchased the farm in Frederic, WI and begin to raise their family. Bob was a man of great faith and integrity. He was a combination of tenderness and strength. Bob loved working the land, being a dedicated farmer, spending time with his family, and enjoying Sylvia’s good cooking, walking in the woods, and observing the wildlife. He was an avid conversationalist and gifted carpenter. He was passionate about the Green Bay Packers, John Deere, singing and good polka music. Bob was a leader in the community and church and served on the Inter County Leader Board of Directors, The Burnett Dairy Board, The Frederic Farmers Co-op, and West Sweden Township. Bob worked as a custodian at the Trade Lake School and drove bus for many years with the Frederic School District. He also volunteered as a driver for the Polk County Aging after he retired from farming. Bob is survived by his children, Ronald (Corinne) Gjerning of Altoona, Duane Gjerning of Rice Lake, Myrna (Don) Anderson of Luck, and Carma Gjerning of Minneapolis; seven grandchildren, JoAnne (Joe) Korpi, Bethany (Trapper) Niccum, Travis (Angela) Gjerning, Shawna (Philip) Poling, Vanessa (Aaron) Ross, Jodie Anderson, Jason Anderson; 10 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews. He is also survived by sister, Elin Dunlap of Harris, MN. Preceding Evald in death: his beloved wife, Sylvia; nephew, Ross Gjerning; brothers and sisters, Fritz, Woodrow, Arnie, Edna Peterson, Harold and Herdis Bach. Funeral services will be held at Pilgrim Lutheran Church in Frederic, WI on Friday, October 16th at 11 a.m. Visitation will be held at Rowe Funeral Home in Frederic on Thursday, October 15th from 5-7 p.m. One hour of visitation will be held prior to the service at the church on Friday and will begin at 10 a.m. Rowe Funeral Home of Frederic, WI was entrusted with funeral arrangements. Rest well in the arms of Jesus beloved Bob!

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