Paul Anthony Gerdes, 58, of Green Valley, Ariz., formerly of Midland, passed away Thursday, July 28, 2011, while hiking in Arizona with his wife and the Green Valley Hiking Club. Paul was a beloved husband, father, son, brother and friend. He was born April 7, 1953, to Joseph and Christine Gerdes.
Paul is survived by his wife of 31 years, Janet Gerdes; three children, Timothy Karl Gerdes of California, Andrew James Gerdes, and Beverly Jeanne Gerdes, both of Michigan; mother, Christine Gerdes; brothers and sisters, Joseph (Lisa) Gerdes, Raymond (Karen) Gerdes, John (Carla) Gerdes, David (Carolyn) Gerdes, Mary (Thomas) Nyman, Clara (Ken Greenberg) Gerdes, Anna (Frank) West, Andrew (Linda) Gerdes, and Ruth (Dennis) Casey; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Joseph; uncle, Gerald Gerdes; sister-in-law, Anna Lee Gerdes; and nephew, Robert Smith.
Paul graduated from Ferris State University and spent time in the Army before graduation. He worked for The Dow Chemical Co. for 26 years, retiring in 2004. Paul was very involved with Habitat for Humanity in Midland and also in Arizona. He loved working around the house, and always had a project going. He was the most comfortable when he had his work pants on. Paul and Janet lived in Midland until 2009, when they moved to Green Valley, Ariz.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Aug. 5, 2011, at the Crandell Funeral Home in Fremont. Paul's family will receive friends at the funeral home on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, friends are asked to consider the Midland Habitat for Humanity, www.midlandhabitat.org or Tucson Habitat for Humanity, www.habitattuscon.org. Friends may send a condolence or share a memory online at www.crandellfh.com.