David L. Gerdin

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Gerdin, David L.

David L. Gerdin, age 72, died Monday, May 12, 2014 at the cabin in Pembine surrounded by his family, after a short illness. Dave was born July 8, 1941, in Appleton to Stephen and Margaret (Heineman) Gerdin. He proudly served his country in the US Army in Special Forces during the years of 1964 to 1966 in the Vietnam War. After his discharge, he worked at Consolidated Paper until becoming disabled.

On April 27, 1968, he was united in marriage to Barb Torbeck at St. Therese Catholic Church, Appleton. After his working years, he became a member of the Disabled American Veterans. In this organization, he served as commander for several years. He also was a volunteer driver for the Veterans Transportation program.

Dave and Barb enjoyed spending time at their cabin in Pembine watching the wildlife with their children and their families.

Dave is survived by his loving wife Barb; his children: Timmy Gerdin, Appleton and Stephen (Jody) Gerdin, Neenah; 4 grandchildren: Davian, Hudson, Harrison, and Cassandra Gerdin; a brother, Gerald Gerdin; 2 sisters: Rosemarie (Gerald) Lemmens and Judith (special friend Wayne) Hartzhiem; 4 brothers in law: Robert (Diane) Torbeck, Tom (Brenda) Torbeck, Dick (Mary) Torbeck,and Harry (Karrie) Torbeck; 3 sisters in law: Kathy Torbeck, Sharon (Al) Roth, and Sandy (Mike) Feagles. He is further survived by many other family members and friends.

Dave was preceded in death by his parents, mother and father in law Bill and Dorothy Torbeck, 2 brothers in law: Ronnie Torbeck and Billy Torbeck, sister in law Patty Torbeck, and 2 nephews: Scott Lemmens and Shaun Torbeck.

Per Dave's wishes, no services will be held.

Dave served our country and it was always important to him for us to remember to thank our veterans.

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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on May 14, 2014
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