Kenneth Jacob Gerhardt was born on April 16, 1923, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Martin and Mary Gerhardt. He enlisted in the Army in 1942 and was stationed at Santa Ana Air Station where he met his loving wife, Mary. In 1944 he battled through France and Belgium as a member of Patton’s 3rd Army. In late December of 1944, he was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. He was a proud member of our nation’s greatest generation. After the war, Ken joined the Los Angeles City Fire Department, where he served over 30 years. He retired as a Captain in 1977. Ken loved surfing, sailing and the beach. Ken and Mary were married, almost 60 years, when Mary passed away in 2002. Ken is survived by his family Son Mark Gerhardt/Mary Ann Tole Gerhardt *Peggy Gerhardt Dahl/Chris Dahl *Jacob *Marrisa *Patti Gerhardt Reyna/Milie Reyna *Karsyn Son Michael Gerhardt/Jeanne LeBouf Gerhardt *Jason Gerhardt/Kimberly Schafer Gerhardt *Adelyn * Austin * Gavin *Lindsey Gerhardt Makuch/Vincent Makuch * Zane * Brody * Brock Son Gregory Gerhardt/Suzanne Michener Gerhardt *Jeffrey Gerhardt * Kim Gerhardt Jordan/Ian Jordan

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  1. On behalf of Mary Rose (Gerhardt) Sword, Ken’s little sister Mutz, we send out deepest sympathy, to the Gerhardt family. Mom had such fond memories and shared many stories of her childhood with Dad – Martin, Mom – Mary, and Brother -Ken growing up in Milwaukee. We feel your sorrow, as we have been focusing on Mom’s care and comfort in her final days. With the Lord’s blessing may Ken and Mutz renew their sibling love and admiration. Love, Mary Anne, Chris, Carrie, Jackie, Benjamin, and Garret

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