Daniel F. Gerhardt, born on August 29, 1940, in Neenah, WI, to Armin and Ruth Gerhardt, peacefully passed away on July 22, 2023, surrounded by his wife and daughter in their Wild Rose home. His journey to eternal rest began just two days after he entered hospice care.
Remembering Daniel F. Gerhardt Legacy
Daniel’s life was a shining example of living it to the fullest. He graduated from Neenah High School, raised four children, and spent an impressive 41 years working at Banta’s in Menasha.
After retiring, he turned his dream into reality by creating a home on his cherished 40 acres in Waushara County, where he enjoyed hunting and even ventured into raising chickens.
A true sports enthusiast, Daniel dedicated his time to volunteering at various organizations like Twin City Rod & Gun, Boy & Girls Brigade, Camp Onaway, Moles Unlimited, Sturgeons for Tomorrow, and Ducks Unlimited.
His passion for nature extended to his unique collection of license stamps, dating back to 1935, which will find a new home at Necedah National Wildlife Refuge.
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Survived by his loving wife of 21 years, Mavis, Daniel leaves behind a legacy through his children: Jackie (Brian Erdmann), Jennifer Thomsen, Jeffrey (Leslie), and his step-children. His memory lives on through eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Preceding him in his journey are his parents, sister Marion (Dr. Joseph Manago), brothers Armin II, Fred, and David (Bonnie Kontos), and recently, his eldest son Daniel F. Gerhardt Jr. (Sue) and sister-in-law Beatrice (Armin II).
In accordance with his wishes, a funeral will not be held. Daniel will find his final resting place at Oakhill Cemetery, Neenah.
The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the “Angels” at ThedaCare Hospice, who provided unwavering care 24/7. Daniel’s courageous battle with dementia has come to an end, and his legacy of love and strength will forever remain in our hearts.
“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” – Abraham Lincoln