Gerald “Gerry” F. Mechtenberg was born October 16, 1931 to Leo and Louise (Nuebel) Mechtenberg at their family farm. He attended 1st thru 8th grade at Sacred Heart School in Parkston and graduated from Parkston High School in 1949. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean conflict from 1952-1954.
He married Joyce Strohmayer on November 23, 1954 and they started farming near Parkston. Together they had seven children. Gerry was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the V.F.W. He farmed north of Parkston for over 45 years, several of those years were with his son, Scott. His wife Joyce died in January of 1980.
Gerry married Marilyn (Taft) Bauer on December 30, 1982. They moved to Mitchell in 1986 and became a member of Holy Spirit Church. He slowly retired from farming. Recently he moved to Bormann Manor in Parkston. Gerry always loved to see and visit with his family and friends. He enjoyed many years of following his sons in wrestling, talking about anything to do with farming, watching sports, reading the paper and going to mass.
Gerry is survived his wife, Marilyn and Gerry’s children: Paula (Mark) Radel of Mitchell; Dan (Pam) of Lincoln, NE; Mike (Patty) of Dell Rapids, SD; Linda (Steve) Williams of Spearfish, SD; Becky (Dan) Bauer of Harrisburg, SD; Mary (Bob) Smits of Greenleaf, WI.; daughter-in-law, Leslie Mechtenberg, Parkston, SD., three step-sons: Mark (Bonnie) Bauer, El Paso, TX.; Dan (Becky) Bauer, Harrisburg, SD.; Bryan (Lisa) Bauer, Rapid City, SD.; two step-daughters: Maureen Carney, Minneapolis, MN., Paula (Terry) Abeln, Mitchell, SD., one sister, Sister Carol Mechtenberg, Gillette, WY., one brother, Larry (Darlene) Mechtenberg, Slayton, MN., thirty-one grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, three brothers-in-law: David Strohmayer, Denis (Sylvia) Taft, Dan (Angie) Taft, three sisters-in-law: Susan Smith, Carol (Zeno) VanErdewyk and Deanna (Rod) Hall.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Joyce in 1980, son, Scott in 1998 and son-in-law, Jay Hansen in 2010, brother-in-law, Robert Strohmayer and sister-in-law, Sonja (Taft) Lipovac.
entry posted by Jim & Rose Smits on 12-10-2015
We were so sorry to hear about your father, grandfather. We always thought we would get to meet Gerry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
entry posted by Mindy Roberdeau on 12-10-2015
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family and friends as you grieve the loss of a dear and cherished family and friend. Take this time to celebrate Gerry's life and the wonderful heritage he has left here on earth. The legacy that I am blessed to witness through Gerry's extended family speaks volumes of what kind of man he was. My deepest sympathy goes out to each and every one of you. Pause during this time and remember all the memories you have and hold on to them. Blessings to you all.
entry posted by Pat McGill on 12-09-2015
I will always remember Gerry's good heart, his sense of humor and his strong faith in God. My heart goes out to his Children, Marilyn, Larry and Sister Carol.
entry posted by Dan and Linda Jarabek on 12-09-2015
Marilyn, We are so sorry to learn of Gerry's passing. I know he will leave a huge void in all his family's lives.
entry posted by Stewart & Cathy Schipke on 12-09-2015
Our sympathy to Gerry's large family and friends; he is with Joyce and Scott now. He was a good man and had a long full life which is to be celebrated. Memories included hauling chickens with the cousins and playing hide n' seek in his newly built chicken barns. RIP Gerry.
entry posted by Kim Thury on 12-08-2015
So sorry to hear of the loss of Gerry...what a wonderful kind man! May he RIP and enjoy his new time with family in heaven
entry posted by Doris & Jerry Grady on 12-08-2015
We extend our sympathies to Marilyn and family for the loss of your husband and father. May he be at peace.
entry posted by Lori Hogrefe on 12-08-2015
So sorry for your loss Paula and family. You are all in my prayers.
entry posted by Dee Hansen on 12-08-2015
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Gerry. I didn't know him well, but have always thought of him as being a very special man. The proof is in the wonderful family he left behind.
entry posted by Janet (Mechtenberg) & Joe Groen on 12-08-2015
Our sympathy to Gerry's entire family! Gerry's smile, laughter and love will be greatly missed by all of us. He cared for everyone and had a genuine interest in everything life had to offer him. We have so many wonderful memories through the years as part of the "Mechtenberg" clan! Love you!
entry posted by Marilyn Mechtenberg Honermann on 12-08-2015
Our deepest sympathy in your loss..Charlene and I plan to be at his funeral service. Gerry will be greatly missed by his big family and friends.. Love to all of you..XO
entry posted by Mary & Doug Haag on 12-08-2015
Our deepest sympathies are with all the families for your loss of a great man. I am sure Gerry is happy to see Joyce and Scott again. May your memories remain strong.
entry posted by Mary (Mechtenberg) Smits on 12-08-2015
Dad will be deeply missed by all of his kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids. His strength and faith in God will continue to be an inspiration to all of us. You are now safely home with Mom and Scott-we love you, Dad. Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers!
entry posted by Dave & Imy Snyder on 12-08-2015
Paula, Mark & all the Mechtenberg family--so sorry for your loss. Your Dad was such a pleasant, friendly person with always a smile on his face. I remember seeing him at my Uncle Howard & Aunt Darlene's farm often, ready to give a helping hand, or just a neighborly visit. A very nice man.
entry posted by John Mogen on 12-08-2015
Gerry and Joyce always treated me like one of the family. I have many good memories with the Mechtenbergs. Of course Mary was one of my all-time favorite piano students. Mogen's Heroes was honored to play for several family events. I remember picking up Scotty (and Boogs) with one hand. Gerry was such a good man with a great heart. Thanks to all of you Mechtenbergs for making me feel so welcome.
entry posted by Diane McCann on 12-08-2015
What a beautiful legacy to have had 31 grandchildren and 18 ggchildren. May your memories bring you peace and comfort.
entry posted by Pam Hohn-Brandriet on 12-08-2015
I am so sorry to hear about the loss of you father! He always had that smile and positive outlook...just like his children! Prayers and hugs to all of you!🙏🏻
entry posted by Connie and Dan Neugebauer on 12-07-2015
Paula, Dan, Mike, Linda, Becky and Mary and families and Marilyn and family, Our deepest sympathy on the loss of Gerry. He was such a wonderful man and a member of our family. He was so proud of all of you kids and loved you without hesitation. May you feel the prayers being offered for all of you and your families.
entry posted by Denise Hohn on 12-07-2015
Paula, so sorry for your loss, Jerry was such a sweet man. Thoughts and prayers are with you all.
entry posted by Joanne Almond on 12-07-2015
So Sorry for you loss. Your dad was so kind to me.
I think that is part that he must have shared with his kids.
entry posted by Mike & Connie Mohatt on 12-07-2015
Dan, Pam, and Mechtenberg family - our deepest sympathies to you on the loss of your Dad. We know how close you were to him and how difficult this time is. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
entry posted by Dave and Rhonda Robinson on 12-07-2015
Dan, so sorry to hear about your dad. I'm sure you have plenty of great memories to help you all thru this sad time. Our prayers an thoughts go out to you and your family.