Kenneth D. Gerdes, 74, of Cozad, died Feb. 27, 2019 at Kearney Regional Hospital in Kearney.  

He was born Nov. 2, 1944 in Gothenburg, son of Orville B. and LaVonne (Trimble) Gerdes.

Kenny lived in Sacramento, California for a while, but spent the bulk of his life in Cozad. He graduated from Cozad High School.  Kenny owned his own construction company and a furniture store for many years.  He attended the First Presbyterian Church at Cozad and the Cozad Church of God.  Kenny was a proud supporter of Husker athletics.  He enjoyed fishing and golfing in his spare time.  He especially loved spending time with family.  Kenny had a special place in his heart for his Boston Terrier, Jack.

Survivors include his loving wife Linda Gerdes of Cozad; four sons, Craig (Carolyn) Gerdes of Shawnee, Kansas; Cory (Melissa) Gerdes of Alamo, California; Andy (Wendy) Duis of Lincoln, Shane Duis of Cozad; 10 grandchildren, two great grandchildren; two brothers, RogerGerdesof Cozadand Dallas(Becky) Gerdes of Oconto; sister, Connie Mosher of Friend; his sister-in-laws whom he loved as sisters - Cheryl (Dale), Roxie (Tim), Sandy (Mike), Karen (Randy) Lana (Dale), Shanna (Tim); brother-in-law Frank; and numerous nieces nephews and extended family.

.Kenneth was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Orville Leroy Gerdes; sister-in-law Donna.

.Visitation was held at Blase-Strauser Memorial Chapel on Sunday, March 3.

.Funeral services were held at First Presbyterian Church, Cozad, on Monday, March 4, at 10:30 a.m. with Pastor Harvey Pierce and Rev. Jill Boyd officiating.  

.Burial followed in the Cozad Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the family where a memorial will be established in his name at a later date. To sign the online guest book, go to