Gerald “Gerry” F. Mechtenberg was born October 16, 1931 to Leo and Louise (Nuebel) Mechtenberg at their family farm. He attended 1st thru 8th grade at Sacred Heart School in Parkston and graduated from Parkston High School in 1949. He served in the Army and was stationed in Germany during the Korean conflict from 1952-1954.
He married Joyce Strohmayer on November 23, 1954 and they started farming near Parkston. Together they had seven children. Gerry was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the V.F.W. He farmed north of Parkston for over 45 years, several of those years were with his son, Scott. His wife Joyce died in January of 1980.
Gerry married Marilyn (Taft) Bauer on December 30, 1982. They moved to Mitchell in 1986 and became a member of Holy Spirit Church. He slowly retired from farming. Recently he moved to Bormann Manor in Parkston. Gerry always loved to see and visit with his family and friends. He enjoyed many years of following his sons in wrestling, talking about anything to do with farming, watching sports, reading the paper and going to mass.
Gerry is survived his wife, Marilyn and Gerry’s children: Paula (Mark) Radel of Mitchell; Dan (Pam) of Lincoln, NE; Mike (Patty) of Dell Rapids, SD; Linda (Steve) Williams of Spearfish, SD; Becky (Dan) Bauer of Harrisburg, SD; Mary (Bob) Smits of Greenleaf, WI.; daughter-in-law, Leslie Mechtenberg, Parkston, SD., three step-sons: Mark (Bonnie) Bauer, El Paso, TX.; Dan (Becky) Bauer, Harrisburg, SD.; Bryan (Lisa) Bauer, Rapid City, SD.; two step-daughters: Maureen Carney, Minneapolis, MN., Paula (Terry) Abeln, Mitchell, SD., one sister, Sister Carol Mechtenberg, Gillette, WY., one brother, Larry (Darlene) Mechtenberg, Slayton, MN., thirty-one grandchildren, eighteen great-grandchildren, three brothers-in-law: David Strohmayer, Denis (Sylvia) Taft, Dan (Angie) Taft, three sisters-in-law: Susan Smith, Carol (Zeno) VanErdewyk and Deanna (Rod) Hall.
Gerry was preceded in death by his parents, first wife, Joyce in 1980, son, Scott in 1998 and son-in-law, Jay Hansen in 2010, brother-in-law, Robert Strohmayer and sister-in-law, Sonja (Taft) Lipovac.