Pearl E. Gerdon

Pearl Edna Gerdon, age 93, of Belvidere, died Thursday morning, October 7, 2004, at the Kadoka Nursing Home.

Services were held Wednesday, October 13, at the Belvidere Presbyterian Church in Belvidere, with Pastor Gary McCubbin officiating. Music was provided by Syd Iwan, pianist, and Kim Foreman, vocalist.

Ushers were Tom and Don DeVries. Pallbearers were Lloyd Blom, Jim Kary, Rodney Foreman, Rick Dennis, Kelly Gerdon, Robert Ufen, and Gene Gerdon. Honorary pallbearers were Pearl’s grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren.

Interment was at the Murdo Cemetery. Rush Funeral Chapel of Kadoka was in charge of arrangements.

Pearl Edna Voss was born December 2, 1910, in Andover, SD, one of 10 children born to Claude and Alta (Peterson) Voss. She grew up and received her education in Andover.

Pearl was united in marriage to Bob Gerdon on January 24, 1927 at Clark, SD. They lived in the Clark area for two years before moving to Mellette County in 1929.

Raising their family in the depression years of the 1930s was trying. Pearl and Bob lived on a farm approximately 20 miles southeast of Belvidere, milking cows, raising chickens and geese, and growing a garden. Bob worked construction during the summer months. For eight years Pearl cooked and worked at the nearby England Ranch during the summer months and at that time her children took over the chores at home.

In 1955, Bob and Pearl sold their cows and moved into Belvidere where Bob was the town marshall. Pearl cooked at the Belvidere School for three years, and in later years she worked at cafes and managed the Cozy Corner Motel. Pearl kept her clippers and scissors busy being the town barber. She was a nursemaid and carried mail and groceries to the elderly. Pearl was very well-known for her photography as she never left home without her camera.

From March 1958 until January 22, 1974, Pearl was employed as clerk at the Belvidere Post Office. On April 13, 1974, she was appointed Postmaster. After becoming Postmaster, Pearl joined two postal leagues and attended all the state and national conventions. It was at this time she earned her nickname "Flying Grandma" for all the traveling she did attending different seminars and conventions.

In January 1978, her husband, Bob, preceded her in death. She continued to work as Postmaster and in 1979, Pearl was awarded the Postmaster of the Year honor at the state convention in Spearfish. In 1980, Pearl retired from the Postal Service after 22-1/2 years of service.

After retirement, Pearl spent the winter months in Arizona and lived in Belvidere during the summer. Later, Pearl moved to Philip and in November 1999, she moved into the Silverleaf Assisted Living Center in Philip. In 2001, Pearl moved into the Kadoka Nursing Home, where she has since resided.

Pearl was a member of the United Church of Philip, and the Peterson-Stoddard American Legion Auxiliary of Belvidere.

Grateful for having shared her life include two daughters, Charlotte Blom and her husband, Willis, of Philip, and LaVonne Foreman and her husband, Milton, of Belvidere; one son, Roscoe Gerdon of Tucson, AZ; 14 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Eunice Meyer of Yuma, AZ; three brothers, Clifford Voss of Hill City, Orville Voss and his wife, Jacquie, of Lincoln, NE, and Gordon Voss and his wife, Hellen, of Phenix City, AL; and a host of other relatives and friends.

In addition to her husband, Bob, Pearl was preceded in death by two daughters Myrna Gerdon and Mardell Ufen; one grandson, Neil Foreman; one great-grandson, Jeramiah Kary; her parents; one sister, Verna Deardorff; and four brothers, Cecil, Norman, Leo and Marvin.

A memorial is established.