Donald Gerber, 1934-2018

Published 1:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Donald Arthur Gerber, 83, of Wells died Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at his home. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Open Doors United Methodist Church in Wells. The Rev. John Mitchem will officiate. Visitation will be two hours prior to the service at the church Friday. Interment will be at a later date at Rice Lake Cemetery in Foster Township, Faribault County. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells is assisting the family. To leave an online condolence, visit

Donald Gerber

Donald Arthur was born Sept. 5, 1934, in Foster Township, the son of Arthur and Elizabeth (Huper) Gerber. Don graduated from Kiester High School in 1955. He married the love of his life, Jaunice Wegner, on July 10, 1955, at Grace United Methodist Church in Kiester. Together, they had four children: Robert, Linda, Jeanne and Betty.

Don was a lifelong farmer and moved into Wells after retiring. Donald and Jaunice loved to spend winters at Carriage Manor in Mesa, Arizona. Donald was a 4-H leader and was a member and treasurer on the church council. Donald loved farming and gardening. Some of his favorite hobbies were golfing, bowling, waterskiing and dancing.

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Don is preceded in death by his parents; stepmother, Erma Gerber; infant sister, Ardis; sister, Ethel (LuVerne) Korn; brothers-in-law Philip Wegner and Wallace Havermeier; and sister-in-law, Geraldine Klingbeil.

He is survived by his wife, Jaunice; son, Robert (Carol) Gerber, of Glenrock, Wyoming; daughters Linda (Jack) Staloch of Mound, Jeanne (Gerri) Meyer of Albert Lea and Betty (Steve) Lemme of Henderson, Nevada; grandchildren Aaron (Tonya) Gerber of Thompson, Iowa, Jessica Gerber of Denver, Tess Gerber (Michael Ward) of Denver, Cathy (Matt) Hass of St. Louis Park, Elizabeth (Kris) Reid of Roseville, Melissa (Mark) Altenbach of Minneapolis, Laura (Blake) Arnfelt of Lakeville and Rachel (Gaven) Schlaak of New Richland; great-grandchildren Jeffrey and Addison Gerber, Henry and Iris Gerber-Ward, Ricky Hass and Lainey Reid; brother-in-law, Elwood Klingbeil, of Bricelyn; and sisters-in-law LaVon Wegner of Wells and Arlene Havermeier of New Ulm.