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Rev. Egon W. Gerdes passed away on Wednesday, March 4, 2020.
A memorial service will be held on a later date per the Illinois State Guidelines of community gatherings due to the Covid-19 state pandemic.
Rev. Gerdes served in Iowa as Professor Historical Theology, Garrett Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL; Professor of Historical Theology and Coordinator of Spirituality, Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, Evanston, IL; Director, Spiritual Guidance Institute, Wilmette, IL; MacGregor Yoke (1st Congregational United Church of Christ); Des Moines, New Hope; Dubuque, Grandview; Professor of Theology and Ministry and Director of Methodist Studies, University of Dubuque and Dubuque, Grandview (Associate); Professor of Theology and Ministry and Director of Methodist Studies, University of Dubuque. He retired in 1992.
Survivors include his wife Jean of Romeoville, IL; daughter Ute Gerdes and son Eckhard. Cardinal Funerals & Cremation Services’ website is