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Louie Gardemann

LOUIE GARDEMANN Shellsburg Louie Gardemann, 79, of Shellsburg died on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2018, at Manor Care in Cedar Rapids. Funeral Services will be held at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Oct. 31, at Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg with the Rev. Mark Leckband officiating. Interment will be in Oakwood Cemetery in Shellsburg with full military honors. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 30, at Phillips Funeral Home Chapel, 212 East Sixth St., Vinton, IA. A Memorial Fund has been established. Condolences may be left at: www.phillipsfuneralhomes.com. Louie was born Jan. 1, 1939, in Cedar Rapids to Irving and Opal (Van Deusen) Gardemann. He served in the U.S. Navy for two years. Louie was united in marriage to Juanita Patterson on Sept. 21, 1958, in Cedar Rapids. He owned and operated Gardemann Excavating for 40 years. In 1996, Louie developed Wildcat Golf Course in Shellsburg and it was family operated until 2009. He was a longtime member of Zion Lutheran Church in Shellsburg. Always active in his community, Louie served on the Shellsburg School Board, was a longtime member and served many terms as president of the Shellsburg Lions Club, a member of the Ray and Virginia Boyer American Legion Post 166. He also was a 30-year member of the Shellsburg Volunteer Fire Department, serving as president for many years. Louie also was instrumental in founding and building of Rock Ridge Residential Care Center in Shellsburg and was President of that board for many years. Louie was a leader in his community, donating time and money to many projects for the betterment of Shellsburg including the Shellsburg Library, baseball diamond, Shellsburg School and parks. He was a kind and considerate person, never having a bad word for anyone. He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Juanita of Shellsburg; children, Twyla Gardemann of Vinton and Tim Gardemann of Cedar Rapids; his brother, David Gardemann of Mankato, Minn.; and several nieces and nephews. Louie was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Kethella Merchant; and her daughter, Cindy; and granddaughter, Jacque; and his sister-in-law, Byrene Gardemann.