In loving memory of

Harold Harrison Geerdes
May 3, 1925 - September 25, 2021

Harold Harrison Geerdes, 96, of Rochester, passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 25, 2021 at Seasons Hospice House.
Harold was born on the family farm near Stewartville on May 3, 1925 to John and Helen (Hinze) Geerdes. Harold proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps in the 24th Marine 2nd battalion during WWII from 1943-1946. In 1948, he married Carol Honebrink of Sauk Rapids, MN, and they later divorced. Harold worked as a painter and paperhanger for 50 years in the Rochester area. He also served on the school board at Rochester Central Lutheran School for numerous years. He enjoyed model railroading, fishing, hunting, sports and stamp collecting. He was a member of Zumbro Lutheran Church.
Harold is survived by his sons, James Geerdes of Rochester, Kris (Mary Jo) Geerdes of Rochester, daughter, Bryn Geerdes (Tamara) of Ashland, NE; three grandchildren and one great-grandson. Harold was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters and two brothers.
Funeral services will be held at 12:00 PM Friday, October 1, 2021 at Zumbro Lutheran Church, 624 3rd Ave. SW, Rochester. Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until time of service. Rev. Vern Christopherson will be officiating with interment at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Zumbro Lutheran Church or to Rochester Central Lutheran School. Ranfranz and Vine Funeral Home is honored to be serving the Geerdes family. To share a special memory or condolence, please visit


Emily shaw wrote on Oct 1, 2021:

"So sorry for your loss. Uncle Harold was a kind person. I love it when I would get a chance to vist with him. He would bring a smile to my face with laughs and hugs with some words of wisdom. Even though alot of years in between of vist that is my special memory of him. Love Emily"

Mona Harrington Berg wrote on Sep 30, 2021:

"I would like to express my deepest sympathy. I wanted to get to the funeral to visit with all of you but I am out of town for the day. I talked to your dad for a long time at my fathers funeral a few years ago. Such a nice man. Maybe we can get together sometime and reminisce those days when our families were good friends. Again I am so sorry for you loss."

Jan Timm wrote on Sep 28, 2021:

"Kris, Mary Jo and family - my sincere sympathy. Jan Timm"

Ron Oman wrote on Sep 27, 2021:

"Our prayers to your family"