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Herbert "Dick" Russell Gerst

December 4, 1944 ~ September 14, 2020 (age 75)

Obituary

Herbert Russell "Dick" Gerst, 75, of Burlington, died at 6:41 PM Monday, September 14, 2020, at the Great River Hospice House in West Burlington.

Born December 4, 1944, in Tennessee, he was the son of Herbert and Cleo Mehaffy Gerst. He married Lea Bolin in Nauvoo, IL. They later divorced. 

He graduated from Mediapolis High School.

Dick worked for Des Moines County doing road maintenance for over 25 years.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran. 

Dick took pride not only in his personal cars but also his show cars. He liked all Westerns, especially John Wayne movies. He collected coins, knives and firearms. He always looked forward to attending the Mehaffy luncheons on Wednesdays.  

Survivors include his son, Brian K. Gerst of Burlington; grandsons, Shawn Gerst and Dalton (Amanda Westermeyer) Gerst; sisters, Sally (Ed) Schrock of Mediapolis, Connie (Mike) Bender of North Carolina, and Annette (Walt) Brown of Brentwood, TN; brothers, Randy (Juanita) Gerst of Mediapolis, and Jim (Laurie) Gerst of Peoria, IL; special cousin and friend, Cathy Eaton; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Billy Gerst.

The family would like to thank their caregivers, Carrie Moser and Cathy Eaton. 

Cremation has been entrusted to the care of Prugh Crematory.

The Graveside Committal Service for Mr. Gerst will be 2:00 PM Friday, September 18, 2020, at Keokuk National Cemetery. Full military honors will be rendered by the Burlington Area Veterans Honor Guard. 

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Services

Graveside Service
Friday
September 18, 2020

2:00 PM
Keokuk National Cemetery
1701 J St.
Keokuk, IA 52632

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