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Erwin G Gerding

April 21, 2020


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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