Gerard Thomas Nathe, 79
February 3, 1934 - June 25, 2013
The Mass of Christian burial, celebrating the life of Gerry will be at 4pm, Sunday, June 30th at the Church of St. Benedict in Avon with visitation from 2-4pm. Rev. Scott Pogatchnik officiating.
Gerry died while gardening at his hunting shack in Bowbells, North Dakota and was found with a hammer and a tape measure by his side. He just spent a long Father's Day weekend fishing with his youngest son.
Born in New Munich, to John and Edna (Bohnen) Nathe, Gerry graduated from Melrose High School and St. Paul Vocational School in carpentry. He worked as a carpenter for St. Cloud Hospital then returned to independent contracting. He built homes in the Midwest region. As the head of Nathe Construction, he employed his children and his first son-in-law as his crew, teaching them carpentry skills and a strong work ethic. Gerry was notorious for working long days, keeping a clean work site, and insisting on quality workmanship. It was often well into the evening before his crew would hear, "wrap up the cords".
Gerry served in the United States Army, stationed in Korea. Gerry was a Military Police working as a carpenter. He was a life member of both American Legion Post #538 and VFW
Post #7050 Melrose.
Gerry married Beverly Roberts May 25, 1957. They raised their six children in Avon. Gerry was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener who passed this love on to his children. This spring he planted pumpkins in hopes of supplying his grandchildren with jack-o-lanterns. He followed his grandchildren's sporting events in person or on the radio and was a dedicated Twins and Vikings fan.
Gerry served on the Avon City Council, Commercial Club, Sportsmen's Club, the Commander of the American Legion and coached youth baseball. He was a life member of the North American Hunting Club.
Gerry is survived by his wife, Bev; children, Geralyn (Dave Evans) Nathe-Evans, Avon, sons-Michael, Matthew & Luke; Mary (Chuck) Merchant, Menahga, daughters-Lindsay (Patrick) & Ashley (Kirby); David (Amy), Fergus Falls, sons-Joe & Jack; Vicki (Steve) Dawson, Fargo, ND, sons-Charlie, Matt, Joey, Ben & Nick; Paul, Avon; and Nicole (Jason) Ramstad, Fargo, ND; four great-grandchildren; brothers Tom, Grey Eagle, Dick (Paulette), St. Cloud; and sister Jean (Bob) Shorthill Belgrade, MT.
He is preceded in death by his parents and two grandsons Charles and Jacob.