Raymond Martin Gerds

December 21, 1935October 19, 2020

Ray passed away peacefully at age 84 on Monday, October 19, 2020 in Fort Myers, Florida. Beloved husband of Beverly. Cherished father of Susan (David) Schultz, Appleton, Steven (Sharon) Gerds, Greenfield. Treasured grandfather of Tim (Rachel) Martin, Green Bay, Valerie (Garret Warzynski) Gerds, Hendersonville, NC, Tyler Gerds, Greenfield. Dear brother of Warren (Kathleen) Gerds, Green Bay as well as many other relatives and friends.

Ray was preceded in death by his first wife Carol, son Jon, infant daughter Julie, his parents, two brothers, and his in-laws.

Ray was a lifetime member of Steamfitters Union Local 601 in Milwaukee. In addition, Ray was a friend of Bill W. since the year 1985.

Memorial services for Ray will be at Peace Lutheran Church, Ft. Myers, Florida. The service will be live streamed on Wednesday, November 4, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. and will be available for a short time after on the church website for those who are unable to view it live.

Hodges Funeral Home at Lee Memorial Park, Ft. Myers, FL is assisting the family.


  • Memorial Service

    Wednesday, November 4, 2020


Raymond Martin Gerds

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Sherry Anderson

November 2, 2020

Craig and I will miss the dry humor and kindness Ray shared. Our talks at Maiden Lake were scattered with his humor and smooth voice. We are sending prayers and hugs to Bev and family. Maiden Lake will not be the same.

John Kneeley

November 2, 2020

Donna always told me that Ray would get out in his boat and pull kids skiing. Whatever kids were on the beach – he would go on for hours doing it. He taught her to ski, how many more did he positively impact – a lot. He was always a positive ray of light – always had a funny story or to tell you a joke….. we will miss his positive attitude.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with Ray’s family. Bev we missed you both on the lake this summer, our sympathies in your loss.

Gary and Bab Grom

October 28, 2020

We will always remember our conversations with Ray at Maiden Lake. He always had a joke or story to tell. We will miss his friendship and smiles. Our deepest sympathies to Bev 😓🙏🏻💕