Gerk, Donald James age 97, of MN Masonic Home, formerly of Richfield. Our Lord called home our beloved father and grandfather on Sunday, November 15, 2020. He passed peacefully with family at the Masonic Home. Born to parents, Peter and Agnes Gerk and grew up in N.E. Mpls. Served in the US Army Air Force in Guam during WWII. Married and raised family in Richfield. Don was a long-time member of House of Prayer Lutheran Church and a sixty-year member of the Masonic Lodge Phoenix Daylight Lodge #350 and the Scottish Rite. He treasured his time with family, loved playing bridge and golf. He was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 66 years, Elaine Gerk; daughters, Carolyn Gerk and Barbara Smith and brother, Robert Gerk. He will be dearly missed by his children, Richard Gerk (Carole) and Nancy Grothe (Gary); son-in-law, David Smith. grandchildren, Jefferson Vargas (Angie), Daniel Gerk, Brian O. Vargas, Carly Lawson (Kramer), Thomas Gerk (Tina), Neal Grothe (Heather), Nicholas Grothe (Alisa); great-grandchildren, Owen and Norah Lawson. Carter and Blake Grothe and Leo and Reid Grothe; brothers-in-law, Homer Stennes (June), Charles Stennes (Maria), and nieces and nephews. Private family interment at Hillside Cemetery, Mpls. Celebration of Life Event to be scheduled for next summer. The family extends a special thank you to the staff at the Minnesota Masonic Home Assisted Living. Memorials preferred to House of Prayer Lutheran Church or MN Masonic Children's Hospital. Morris Nilsen Chapel 612-869-3226 morrisnilsen.com

Published on November 29, 2020


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