John Paul Gerhardt, Jr. August 9, 1939 -August 9, 2017
John Paul Gerhardt, Jr. was born August 9, 1939, in Gardiner, MT, to John Paul Gerhardt, Sr. and Mary Kathleen Gerhardt. The family moved to Red Lodge, MT, shortly after his birth and there he lived, attended school and graduated from Red Lodge High School in 1957. Shortly after graduating high school, John enlisted in the Navy and spent 2 years proudly serving his country. After his stint in the Navy, he returned to Red Lodge and started a family. He became the loving father of Connie (Jim) Blonigen, Janean (Tom) Gerhardt-Nielsen, Lani (John) Reeser, Sheryl Edgar, and Mindy Kay Gerhardt. John worked as a meat cutter most of his life and enjoyed all the people he worked with and met doing the job he loved to do. His most recent places of work were Miles City Pack and Reynolds Market in Miles City. John was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed each immensely. He spent many hours and days in the Missouri Breaks area hunting elk and deer with men who meant so much to him and countless hours on the waters of the Fort Peck Reservoir with family and friends, always in pursuit of the biggest walleye ever caught in Montana. He also did his share of prairie dog hunting with his very special neighbor and friend, Hazel Shumaker.
John loved his family with all his heart and was a loving grandfather to Amber (Kody) Knight, Dale John (Kelsey) Bollinger, Joshua Qualls, Amanda (Kasi) Thompson, Shayna (Nick) Christopherson, Ryan (Ashlee) Gerhardt ,Lattyse (Cody) Allen, and step-grandfather to Kete Blonigen and Rhiannon Reeser. He was the great grandfather to Baleigh, Allee, Gunner, Sage, Juniper, Mikenna, Brooke, Harlee, Ripley, and Keely.
A memorial service in John’s honor will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Stevenson and Son’s Funeral Home in Miles City MT.
The family has asked in lieu of flowers, donations in John’s honor can be made to The Meadowlark House 1106 N. 30th Billings, MT59101, Attn: Emily/Meadowlark House. Condolences to the family may be sent by visiting www.stevensonandsons.com.