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Jerrell Foster Gerdes

Jerrell Foster Gerdes, American health care administrator. License nursing home administrator, Nebraska. Named Admiral in Great Navy of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1975, Honorary Lieutenant Colonel Aide-De-Camp, Governor Alabama, 1976; recipient award of distinction Nebraska Board Education, Lincoln, 1980.


Gerdes, Jerrell Foster was born on July 22, 1948 in Benkelman, Nebraska, United States. Son of Foster Finley and Lucille Maxine (Mulvany) Gerdes.


Associate of Applied Science, Center Community College, Hastings, Nebraska, 1988;BPS, Bellevue College, 1992;Master of Health Administration candidate, University of Minnesota, 1993.


Chief Executive officer, Hitchcock County Hospital, Stratton, Nebraska, 1970-1973;chief Executive officer, Fritzer Memorial Hospital, Oxford, Nebraska, 1973-1987;chief Executive officer, Henderson (Nebraska) Community Hospital, 1987-1989;chief Executive officer, Franklin County (Nebraska) Memorial Hospital, since 1989. Member of faculty Center Community College, Hastings, since 1977.


The longing for holiness is not about wanting to be 'holier than thou'. It is about wanting the love of God to permeate all of our life, and for that love to be shown through our lives to other people.


Every Church member should be seeking in various ways to renew and expand the opportunities for Christian conversation about the things that matter.


Trustee Village of Stratton (Nebraska), 1971-1973. Board member Oxford (Nebraska) Community Schools, 1976-1987. Member Franklin Chamber of Commerce (vice president 1990-1991, past president 1992), Masons (senior warden 1991, past master 1992).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: fishing, hunting, woodworking.


Married Charline Lou Ham, May 21, 1966. Children: Patrick Dean, Shelley Rene, Brian Scott.


The state should not use its authority to promote particular religious beliefs, nor should it require prayer or worship in the public schools. However, the state should leave students free to practice their own religious convictions.