Burial took place at Riverside Cemetery in Spencer.
Mr. Gerritsen passed away Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2011, at Longhouse Residence in Spencer.
Albert John Gerritsen, the son of John and Gladys (Reinders) Gerritsen, was born April 21, 1929, in Orange City, Ia. His childhood years were spent in Orange City, where he received his education. He later continued his education at Northwestern College in Orange City and later Nettleton Business College in Sioux Falls, where he graduated with honors.
Al married Marllys DeHaan on March 9, 1951, in Orange City. Following their marriage, they lived in Orange City for four years, until moving to Spencer in 1955. Al worked for American Cyanamid for 18 years, Spencer Foods and Peterson Sheep and Cattle. He also did accounting for numerous small businesses in Spencer. Al was an active member of Hope Reformed Church in Spencer where he served as an Elder, Deacon and Treasurer for 30 years. He worked at the Clay County Fair in the ticket office for 32 years, and was the City Treasurer for 10 years. Al enjoyed following football and basketball, especially his grandsons, as well as growing flowers, gardening and working in the yard. He also enjoyed golfing, pool and bowling with his friends. He dearly loved his family and the time he spent with them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and only sister.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Marllys of Spencer; one son, Rad of Spencer; two daughters: Paula Uecker and her husband, Dave Steinbeck of Spencer, and Laura and Stewart Gehrls of Cedar Rapids, Ia.; six grandchildren: Chris and his wife, Caroline Gehrls, Chad Gehrls, Jenn (Uecker) and her husband, Tom Willoughby, Amy Uecker and her fiancÚ, Eric Forrette, Nick Gerritsen and Derek Gerritsen; four great-grandchildren: Aidan, Nash, Grant and Landon; and many friends.
Warner Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.