(1913 - 2001)
John Gerdes was active/lived in Florida / Germany. John Gerdes is known for non ob, assemblage.
Biography John Gerdes
The following is from Kimberly Ramsey:
I am one of Mr. Gerdes' 5 grandchildren. John Diedrich Gerdes died on 1/3/2001 at 5 AM in a Reva, VA nursing home of pneumonia-related health problems. He had a wife of 56 years who preceded him in death in 1996. Her name was Dorothy Elizabeth Needham Gerdes. They had 6 children together - 5 are survivors. There is John, of Kingman AZ; Tom of Cleveland OH; Michael of Jacksonville FL; Dianne Hermanson of Culpeper VA; and Susanne Ramsey of Columbia Township, OH. William died in 1969 of cancer at the age of 17.
Mr. Gerdes did not discover his talent in folk-art until the 1970's when he retired and moved his family to Maitland, FL. Prior to the move, he had lived all but 1 year of his life
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