Gerhardt Wilhelm Loeffelbein, 84, Minot, formerly of Zap, died Tuesday, July 2, 2013, in a Minot hospital.
Gerhardt was born Oct. 28, 1928, north of Zap, to George and Ella (Goetz) Loeffelbein. He was raised on the family farm near Zap and educated in country schools. After completing the eighth grade he assisted with the operation of the family farm.
On Oct. 12, 1950, he was united in marriage to Carolyn Reiner in Zap. After several years working throughout North Dakota, they moved to Chicago, where he worked in the construction industry while he attended Greer School of Trades, earning his degree in mechanics.
Gerhardt and Carolyn moved to Minot in 1957 and Gerhardt was employed by Krebsbach's Implement Co. In 1978 he was employed as a pipefitter through the North Dakota Pipefitters Union, travelling extensively as a pipefitter until retiring in 1992. After retiring, Gerhardt and Carolyn enjoyed traveling throughout the United States.
Gerhardt was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Minot, the Golden K Kiwanis Club, and the local Pipefitters Union #300. He was an avid hunter, fisherman and woodworker.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Ivan; and sister, Esther.
Gerhardt's loving family includes: wife of 62 years, Carolyn Loeffelbein, of Minot; daughters, Linda (Pat) Lynch, Helena, Mont., and JoAnn (Dean) Glasoe, Albuquerque, N.M.; grandchildren, Kellie (Steve) Guariglia, Mitch (Heather) Lynch, Melissa (Corey) Helgeson and Eric (Kathleen) Glasoe; and great-granddaughters, Kendra, Payton and Isabella.
Funeral service: Saturday, July 6, 2013, at 10 a.m. in St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Minot.
Interment: Rosehill Memorial Park, Minot.
Visitation: Today, July 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. in Thomas Family Funeral Home, Minot.
Memorials: In lieu of flowers or plants, the family prefers memorials to the Minot Area Community Foundation - Special Project for Children or the Minot Public Library Children's Fund.
Those wishing to sign the online memorial register or share memories are invited to use the expressions of sympathy section at (www.thomasfamilyfuneralhome.com).