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Gerhard Heidemann, age 94, died Thursday, March 8, 2018, surrounded by his loved ones, at the Villa at City Center Nursing Home in Warren. He was born December 18, 1923 in Bielefeld, Germany, son of the late Gustav and the late Friederike (nee: Rubbe) Heidemann.

Born in Germany yet fully American, Gerhard was quite proud of his German heritage and carried the pride of his homeland deep within his heart. Even though ties and memories kept the flames of reminiscing ablaze, this is where his roots were planted and where the many blessings of Gerhard's life took hold. But prior to all of those blessings came a little diversion called World War II, a cause for which Gerhard's patriotism compelled him to enlist in our great United States Army where he served as an infantryman from October 1945 thru April 1947 both at home and overseas. So it is, with thanks and praise from a grateful nation, that we honor Gerhard for his service to our country and his willingness to stand in harm's way for the cause of freedom.

One of those major blessings was realized through his career, the culmination of which was earned by studying hard and applying himself to the goal of becoming an electrician. Possessing a skill set that simply enhanced his knowledge and paved the way towards a successful career, Gerhard was most proud of the many years his electrical prowess was put to work with the automotive giant, General Motors. For many, and in some demanding situations over the years, Gerhard's talents and abilities came highly recommended and often sought after in helping to provide a safe and healthy work environment for all. Following a long history of dedicated employment with GM, Gerhard finally accepted his well-deserved retirement and turned the page on a new and exciting chapter in life as a Golden Warrior!

Along with all the technical savvy Gerhard possessed, he also had an artistic flair within that showed itself in the form of a collector,…and his yard and basement were a testament to his vast interests and tastes. Housing an eclectic mix of unique styles and artistry, Gerhard had an eye for works of art that would hopefully be bold, inspiring, and memorable. And for anyone who was fortunate enough to partake of Gerhard's Gallery, their lives were never the same afterwards.

Working at GM,…working in his gallery,…this just wasn't enough for a man with the energy of the Eveready Bunny. Like many of his counterparts out there, Gerhard was renowned for his role as the family's "Mr. Fix-It!" Always at the ready for any repairs that might rear their ugly heads, or simply tinkering on little projects around the house, he was honored to be of assistance to anyone in need and often went the extra mile, when necessary, to get the job done. And that pretty much defines who Gerhard was at the core,…one sent to help others! He truly had a servant's heart and often put others' needs ahead of his own,…Gerhard was the humble embodiment of the Bible verse, Philippians 2:3. And being a man of faith, this simply came easy for him and was an integral aspect of the Christian who helped build his house of worship, Peace Lutheran Church in Warren. Founding and lifelong members of the church, Gerhard & Betty spent countless hours giving to others, giving to the church, and giving on their knees in prayerful support as Peace Lutheran became a vital place for many in the community.

Perhaps it was because of Gerhard's deep and abiding faith that his entire 94 years was a unique love story from God of a man who emanated kindness, gentleness, humility, and a respect for everyone he was blessed to know. His laugh was jovial,…his joy was contagious,…and your life was made all the richer simply by his touch, be it physical or spiritual. A proud and loving husband, father and grandfather, Gerhard was cherished by all whose lives he touched, and leaves a legacy of love both unique and genuine to the man who touched countless hearts and souls,…especially those of his precious grandchildren. This was a Grandpa who provided endless hours of fun for his 6 cherubs, memories that will forever be embraced with each reflection shared. He will be missed immensely and loved eternally.

Gerhard was the beloved husband of the late Betty. Dearest father of Dr. David (Beth) Heidemann, Mary Jo (Dave) Thomas, and Beth (Dino) Raptis. He was the loving grandfather of Nicholas, Lauren (Kurt) Sieloff, Ashley (Jon "Rudy") Cassens, Danielle (Nicholas) Dempsey-Clott, Samantha, Benjamin, and great-grandfather of Alison, Paul, Peter, and one-on-the-way. Gerhard was preceded in death by brother, Karl Heidemann and sister, Hannah Dietrich.

Visitation for Gerhard will be held Sunday, March 11th from 4-7 pm, with a 7:00 pm Funeral Service, at the D.S. Temrowski & Sons Funeral Home, 30009 Hoover Road at Common (12 ½ Mile Rd) in Warren. Officiating the service will be Pastor Robert Brannon.

Mr. Heidemann will be laid to rest, and will join his beloved Betty, at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, Michigan.

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