Donald E. Gerike, 91, of Augusta died Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019 at the Augusta Health and Rehabilitation.
Donald Edward Gerike, son of Johannes and Erna (Harke) Gerike was born Sept. 29, 1927 in Augusta, WI. He was a lifelong resident of Augusta, member of Grace Lutheran Church and graduated from Augusta High School.
Don married Dorothy McAdam on April 3, 1949, and to this union they adopted 3 children, Dan in 1955, Deanna in 1958 and David in 1960.
The couple farmed just south of Augusta and moved into the city of Augusta in 1983. Don continued to farm after the move and fully retired from farming in the 1990s. In addition to farming Don and Wayne Markham owned and operated Augusta Grain Service for several years drying corn for area farmers.
Don was an extremely active member of Grace Lutheran Church, having served in many church offices, on the building committee, and church choir. He was also a very civic minded individual and gave back to his community by serving on the Bridge Creek Town Board, on the Board of Directors for Eau Claire Rural Electric, and the Augusta School Board.
He was instrumental in the planning and construction of the Augusta Area Nursing Home and served on its board, active supporter of the Augusta Senior Center and board member, and also served on the Augusta Cemetery Board for many years.
Don loved sports and for several years in the late 1970s he co-coach with Don Strauch the Buckhorn’s Fast Pitch Softball Team, and for many years he was part of the “Chain Gang” at the Augusta High School home football games.
Don and Dorothy loved to travel with family and friends, fishing in Canada and touring much of the United States. The couple attended many dances and especially loved the barn dances and square dancing.
In later years to keep busy; through Eau Claire County he drove people to appointments with Triniteam and provided homecare to others through the Home Instead program.
Don will be dearly missed by his children, Daniel (Nancy) Gerike of Glendive, MT; Deanna (life partner, Steve Hintzman) of Menomonie, David (Tammy) Gerike of Augusta; 8 grandchildren, 17 great grandchildren; brother Gerhardt (Beverly) Gerike of Augusta; brother-in-law Merlin Moore of Minnesota; sister-in-law, Arlene McAdam of Eau Claire; several nieces and nephews. Don was preceded in death by his parents; and loving wife Dorothy who passed away on March 16, 2011.
A visitation will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019 at the Anderson Funeral Home in Augusta, and Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church in Augusta. Funeral services will be held Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. at the church with Pastor Jonathan Wessel officiating. Spring burial will be in the West Lawn Cemetery in Augusta.
Online condolences can be left at www.andersonfhaugusta.com.