Coolidge D. Gerdes

February 15, 1926January 29, 2019

Coolidge Dee Gerdes, 92 of Victoria passed away on Tuesday, January 29, 2019 in Victoria, TX He was born on February 15, 1926 in Nursery, TX to Henry E. Gerdes, Sr. and Winnie Smith Gerdes. Coolidge worked for CP& L for forty years before retiring. Coolidge faithfully served his country in the United States Army during World War II earning the Army of Occupation Ribbon (Japan), 3 Overseas Service Bars, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Campaign Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star and Bronze Arrowhead. Philippine Liberation Ribbon with 1 Bronze Star, Good Conduct Medal and a Victory Ribbon. After returing home he joined the American Legion and the local VFW post #4146. Coolidge is survived by his son, Mark Gerdes of Victoria, a brother, Calvin Gerdes of San Antonio and a host of friends. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Wright Gerdes, November of 2016. Funeral services for Mr. Gerdes will be 1 PM on Thursday, February 14, 2019 at Rosewood Funeral Chapels with Pastor Larry Green officiating. Full military honors will follow under the auspices of the Victoria Veterans Council, Al, CWV, VFW, DAV, MCL, MOWW, Ex-POW, MOPH, VVA and KWV. Words of comfort may be shared with the family at


  • Henry E. Gerdes, Sr., Father
  • Winnie Smith Gerdes, Mother
  • Mary Wright Gerdes, Wife
  • Mark Gerdes, Son
  • Calvin Gerdes, Brother


  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 14, 2019

Coolidge D. Gerdes

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Ricky & Carol Ann Lenz

February 15, 2019

We were sorry to hear that Coolidge had passed away. He was a fine gentleman whom will be missed by many people. May God bless the entire Gerdes family during your time of loss.

Eugene Blohm

February 14, 2019

Many memories that he &I shared together.. He deserves a great Memorial Service.. I was hoping to be there, but it didn’t work out so May God be with the family Now
God Bless

Troy Burris

February 14, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Cooleges passing. He was a very good friend and we talked often. He always told me that he wanted to live until Jesus came. He did not make it in this life but he is with Jesus now, you can count on it.
Troy Burris

Kenneth Reese

February 13, 2019

I first met Coolidge June 5, 1967, the day I started work for Victoria Power Station, so as of this time I have known him for 52 years. I can say that every time in those 52 years that I ran into Coolidge be it at work or in Lowe's he would greet me with his big'ole smile and a hearty "Hello, Kenneth Rice", that is what he knick-named me and what he forever called me. Coolidge always had a story to tell. He would walk right up to'ya and get smack in your face and start in "Kenneth Rice, what do think about all this Nixon business?" are maybe "they ought'ta run that Peanut farmer outta the White house." Yep, Coolidge had a lot of political opinions and even more WWII stories to tell. He drove his '54 Mercury to work forever, every morning at 8AM on the dot that ol'green Merc would screech around the turn into the parking area an bounce to a stop against the parking curb. Coolidge prided himself in gettin' to work not a minute early, he was that kind of guy. He also was always very conscious of his appearance, he came to work dressed clean and snappy and left work clean and snappy. I remember one day Coolidge was trying to reach a piece of trash in a slop drain. He was hanging by one hand from the containment fence and reaching far out to get the trash, he lost his grip and fell headlong into the green slime in the pit. He was totally dejected as we walked back to the plant. He walked straight to his Merc and left the plant only to return clean and snappy. That was Coolidge . He was kinda like a Picaso painting, kinda mixed up . . . but, a real piece of work! I'm gonna miss him.
My condolences to Mark and family.

Margie Sims

February 13, 2019

My sincere sympathy to the family of Coolidge Gerdes upon his loss. I know he will be missed. I knew Coolidge because we both worked for CPL. He
was always friendly and ready to stop and chat. May you find comfort in the good memories and may God grant you peace. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. Margie Sims

Patricia Blohm Peters

February 13, 2019

I am one of Coolidge’s cousins. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. I did not receive the notice of his services in time to make the trip. I live in Arlington. Please know that condolences are sent from Leona Gerdes Blohms family. RIP Coolidge!❤️❤️❤️❤️

Kenneth Schustereit

February 13, 2019

Mark, I'm so sorry to hear of your father's passing. May the Lord comfort and guide you. Your father was a great blessing to myself and the people of Victoria County. You have much to be proud of!

Deborah Herrschaft House

February 13, 2019

My family moved next door to Mr. & Mrs. Gerdes in 1972. Coolidge and Mary were very welcoming. Coolidge took the photos at my Wedding and Mary gave me a wedding shower.
I have many fine memories of Coolidge and Mary. May they rest in peace.

Cindy Tegeler Barr

February 13, 2019

My family lived two doors down from the Gerdes family and Mr. Gerdes was a wonderful, caring neighbor. He was a super friendly man who was always ready to carry on a conversation. When he saw that one of us came to visit our parents after we moved away, he would always come over to find out how we were doing.
He saw me and my siblings through the illnesses and deaths of both our parents and was always willing to help in any way he could. He spoke very touching and kind words at both their funerals.
He was a Christian man who touched many lives and will be missed. My heartfelt condolences to his family!

Michael Biehunko

February 12, 2019

I was a partner at Rosewood Funeral Chapels until I retired in May 2016. I knew both Mr. and Mrs. Gerdes for some 40 plus years. I always enjoyed talking to him as he was full of knowledge. If you wanted to know something just ask Mr. Gerdes. He would know the answer. He was a patriot serving his country with dignity. May god bring his blessings on the entire Gerdes family. He will be missed.