Steve Gerdes

February 15, 1969February 13, 2021

Steve Gerdes, 51, of Kansas City, Missouri, passed away suddenly on February 13, 2021. Memorial services will 11:00am, Saturday, February 27th at Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, 119 E. Franklin St., Liberty, MO 64068, with a visitation from 10:00-11:00am preceding the service. Inurnment with Honors will be conducted at a later date in Humboldt, Nebraska.

Steve was born February 15, 1969 in Gainesville, Florida to Leland and Althea (nee Barnes) Gerdes. He was a Life Rank member of Boy Scout Troop #320 and the Tribe of Mic-O-Say. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1987. Steve enlisted in the Navy in the Fall of 1987, but left in 1988 due to health reasons. He worked for Integrated Logistics Solutions until 2002 and worked as a team member for Target (Team 1388) from 2003 until his passing. Steve was a member the American Legion. He enjoyed reading, loved history – especially Military history, sports, and loved animals of all kinds and his cat, Addy. Steve loved spending time with family and friends and was known for throwing his niece in bushes.

Steve was preceded in death by his grandparents, George and Jean Gerdes, Raymond and Eunice Barnes; his aunt Alberta Cander, his uncle Tony Tesar; and his step-mother, Sue Walker.

He is survived by his father, Leland “Lee” Gerdes (Rosemary); his mother, Althea Gerdes; his siblings, Charles Gerdes (Angela), and Julie Ackerman (Daniel); his aunts and uncles, Peg Tesar, John Cander, Grace Barnes, Jim Barnes, Dwaine Barnes, and Leroy Barnes; his nieces and nephews, Alexandria Sams (Jordan), Lucas Sams, Darron Green (Shy), Henna Green, Claudia Malott (Sam Gray), Sydney Malott, Bethany Henley, Sarah Campbell (Austin), Jillian Holman, Henry Gerdes, Aiden Quinn, Sophia Quinn, Kenna Campbell, and Hazyl Schoreck; his step-brothers, Jeff and Jerry Jones; his cousins, Tom Cander, Susanne Stalder, and many others; his best friend of over twenty years, David Hoffman; as well as other relatives and friends.

Fond memories and condolences may be left at, as arrangements are under the direction of Church Archer Pasley Funeral Home, 816-781-2000.


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    Saturday, February 27, 2021

  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, February 27, 2021


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Bob (Bobby) Hedrick

February 27, 2021

Rest In Peace to my Mic-O-Say blood brother and one of my childhood best friends. I will always treasure our time and experiences together. We did so many things as neighbors and as Boy Scouts. From the countless neighborhood games of wiffleball, nerf football, basketball, kickball, and hide and seek, to endless Atari playing and MTV watching, to exploring the creek, making forts, playing army and riding bikes, to the so many Scouting adventures, experiences, and challenges we faced together; I will always treasure each and every one of them. You passed to soon my friend.

LaJuana Duncan

February 22, 2021

I miss him so much. He was my go to person when I was having a bad day. He always told me to just do what you can and leave the rest, tomorrow is a new day. Until we meet again, Rest in Love my friend.

Melinda Denver

February 20, 2021

Sorry Althea, for the loss of your son. You guys were great neighbors. God’s peace as you gather strength for the days ahead!!

Sberri Richardson

February 18, 2021

Fof Steve's family & friends: I am so very sorry for the sudden passing of this wonderful man. Steve & I worked together for app 7 years. He was a great guy.


February 18, 2021

I am so sorry for your loss. But heaven gained another angel. I had the pleasure of working with Steve for the last 13 years at Target (T1388). He was a great friend and coworker. He always knew how to make you smile when you are having a bad day. You will be missed PAL!!!!!! #FYP

Brenda miller

February 18, 2021

so very sorry Lee and family.please know that you all are in our thought's and prayer's God Bless you family of thelma robinson ( brenda miller and family God received handsome angel.

Jeffrey Jones

February 16, 2021

I just still can't find any of the right words except that I truly miss him. We shared so many good times I can't even choose one. I will always cherish my time and memories of him. Love you man you went way too soon.