Erwin G. Gerding, 87, died suddenly Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at River Ridge Nursing Home in Amsterdam.
Mr. Gerding was born in Scotia and graduated from Scotia-Glenville High School.
He was a Health Technician for the NYS Air National Guard stationed at the Stratton Air National Guard Base. He retired in 1988 as a Chief Master Sgt after 39 years of service. A very outgoing and especially social man,
Erwin made friends easily and never met a person he didn't like. You were never a stranger for long in his eyes. He enjoyed the outdoors especially boating, fishing and camping; and was a gun enthusiast.
Erwin married the former Grace Simmons in 1958 they embraced 29 years together until her death in 1987; he was also predeceased by a sister, June Zatt. He is survived by his children, Robert E. (Barbara) Gerding, Dawn E. Johnston and Donna L. Cooke; brother-in-law, Larry & Dolores Simmons; nine grandchildren; twenty six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.
Due to the current COVID health crisis, and keeping with state and federal regulations, private funeral services will be held at the Bekkering-Ellis Funeral Home, Scotia.
Interment will be held in Park Cemetery, Scotia.
A celebration of Erwin's life will be held at a later date.
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