Kevin Jay Gardeman


June 23, 1953 - July 15, 2015



Kevin Jay Gardeman was born June 23, 1953 to Lyle and Geneva (Schrank) Gardeman.  He grew up on the family farm near Corsica SD.  He attended country school until 8th grade and then graduated from Corsica High School in 1971.  He was active in 4-H and received many blue ribbons.  On March 30, 1978 he married Barbara Geidel.  They lived in Ethan SD until they moved to the family farm near Corsica in 1987.  He was a member of St. John Lutheran Church, Hillside, of rural Dimock SD where he was on the church council and a member of the church choir.

Kevin was a hardworking man who raised cattle and held various jobs.  He spent the last ten years working at ProBuild.  He loved being outdoors and spending time with his family.  Kevin loved fishing, hunting, golfing and bowling.  He also loved singing and was a member of the Mitchell Barbershop Harmony Chorus.  He loved taking care of the garden and camping with the kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his loving wife, Barbara, Corsica SD; three daughters:  Amy (Nick) Griffith of Tea SD, Ann (Josh) Andera of Crooks SD, Angela (Tim) Moon of Mitchell SD and one son, Jason Gardeman of Corsica, SD; nine grandchildren:  Alyssa, Austin, Ashley and Ally Griffith; Joel, Brooke and Morgan Andera and Madilyn and London Moon; brother, Mylan (Pat) Gardeman of Fremont NE; brothers-in-law:  John (Mary) Geidel of Mitchell SD, Gerhard Jr. (Sandy) Geidel of Johnstown CO and Kevin Geidel and fiancé, Lori Caffee of Stickney SD and numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Lyle and Geneva Gardeman, his father-in-law, Gerhard Geidel and mother-in-law, Adeline Geidel.



Monday, July 20, 2015
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
Prayer Service ~ 7:00 PM
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Tuesday, July 21, 2015
10:30 AM
Saint John Lutheran Church
Dimock, South Dakota


Saint John Cemetery
Dimock, South Dakota

Posted by Rev. David Winterfeldt on July 20, 2015
Barb, Jason, Angie - My heart and tears go out to you all. Such sudden separation and loss is so hard to bear. I wish you the help of trust in God's love for Kevin and for you all. I will treasure the memory of Kevin's sweet spirit, support and encouragement as we went through difficult times in St. John's life, and his positive and dedicated attitude. May you be strengthened to console and comfort one another. I was much comforted by his kind remembrances and words of appreciation as we met just weeks ago. Blessings to you of having lived with an exceptionally good man.
Posted by Kay Parkinson on July 20, 2015
With deepest sympathy.
Posted by Rev. Susan Villmow Fox on July 18, 2015
May the God of all consolation bring to your family the hope of the Resurrection in Jesus Christ. I was a childhood acquaintance of Kevin's, as I belonged to St. Peter Lutheran Church. Along with other youth from our respective congregations, Kevin and I went to the national youth convention in New York City in 1970. I got to know him as a somewhat shy young man with a unique sense of humor. What a gentleman he was. My condolences to you, Barb, your children, and the extended family of Kevin. We grieve, but we do not grieve as those who have no hope. Be gentle with yourself.
Posted by Mel and Bobbi Geidel on July 17, 2015
Oh Barb and family we are so sorry for your loss Kevin was such a good man it seems so hard to believe just a week ago when we were home for Waynes funeral that this weeks would be his I'm sure Wayne and him are having a great reunion with all the rest of the family that have gone to the place where there is no more pain sorrow or sadness just joy for them and we are left with the sadness of missing them. We hope and pray God will grant you comfort durring this difficult time.
Posted by Jackie Christiansen on July 16, 2015
Barb and family.
I am so sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. We had a lot of good times working at Trail King... a lot of laughs. Such a very fine man, taken from here way before his time. Barb and family, may the Lord Jesus bring you comfort and peace
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