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Gerhard Adolf

May 15, 1932 ~ September 10, 2022 (age 90)


Gerhard Arthur Adolf, 90, of Hazen, ND passed from this earthly life to his eternal home on September 10, 2022. Services will be held at 10:00 AM CDT on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at Salem United Methodist Church, Hazen with Pastor Kay Asche and Pastor Steve Behrens officiating. Burial will follow at Hazen City Cemetery, Hazen.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 13 at Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah.

Gerhard was born on May 15, 1932 at Hazen to Arthur and Hildegard (Hildebrand) Adolf. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, north of Hazen and was raised on a farm north of Hazen. The family moved south of Hazen and then north of Zap where he helped his parents on the farm until entering the US Army in February 1954 to February 1956, serving in Fort Riley, Kansas, Fort Bliss, Texas and Fort Benning, Georgia.

On April 15, 1955 he married Johanna Wiedrich at the Immanuel Lutheran Church in Zap. Following their marriage, they made their home in Bismarck, ND where he was employed by Sears. To this union four children were born, Kevin, Nancy, Susan and Keri. The family moved to Hazen in 1965 where Gerhard completed his education, receiving his GED. He went on to continue his education at Bismarck Junior College and enrolled in a welding course. He was employed with various construction companies as a millwright during the building of the power plants in Beulah, Stanton, Center and Underwood. From 1989 to 2006, Gerhard and Johanna lived in Las Vegas, NV where he was employed with Coker Equipment and Blaine Equipment (John Deere) until his retirement in 2005. They moved back to Hazen in 2006.

Gery taught Sunday school in Bismarck and Hazen, was an active member in the Men’s Chorus, church choir, gospel groups and Knife River Chorale in Hazen, Bismarck and Las Vegas. Gerhard loved gardening and spending time outdoors. Flowers, fruit trees and shrubs were his favorite gardening items. Playing cards, board games, hunting and fishing also held a high spot in his life. Gery enjoyed listening to gospel music, old time dance music, watching sports on TV and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by one son, Kevin (Joan) of Warrensburg, MO; two daughters, Susan (Jody) Retterath of Hazen and Keri Smith of Granger, IA; five grandchildren, Brian Adolf, Amanda Jones, Kalyn (Chris) Ness, Becca Retterath and John Retterath; four great-grandchildren, Brittney, Matthew and Alicia Adolf, and Jensen Ness; two sisters, Delores Chase of Hazen and Frances Bitterman of Swiss Home, OR; one brother, Roy (Bernice) Beulah; one sister-in-law, Wilma Wiedrich of Bismarck; and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins and friends.

Gery was preceded in death by his wife, Johanna; his daughter, Nancy Jo; his granddaughter, Racheal Retterath; his parents, Arthur and Hildegard; his father- and mother-in-law, George and Pauline Wiedrich; two sisters-in-law, Lorine (Johnny) Buechler and Violet (Ben) Jose; two brothers-in-law, Ralph Chase and George Wiedrich; one niece, Kathlene Jose; and one nephew, Rodney Wiedrich.

Arrangements are conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.

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September 13, 2022

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Barbot Funeral Home
1301 HWY 49 N
Beulah, ND 58523

Funeral Service
September 14, 2022

10:00 AM
Salem United Methodist Church
2 3rd St NE
Hazen, ND 58545

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