Harold O. Gaertner, 88, of Sedalia, died Monday, Feb. 4, 2013. He was born May 18, 1924, the son of Alfred and Bertha (Peach) Gaertner. Harold and Helen Edens were married on Oct. 18, 1950. Helen preceded Harold in death on Feb. 5, 1997.
He was proud of his U.S. Army Air Corps service in the South Pacific during World War II. He worked for Missouri-Pacific Railroad until his retirement, and then for Montgomery Wards as a custodian until his second retirement. Throughout his employment he was known to be a hard worker. He shared his belief in a strong work ethic by setting a good example for his children.
He was also proud of his family. His grandchildren have many fond and interesting memories of the times they enjoyed with Grandpa. He was an avid fisherman and he liked to tell stories, whether they were true or not.
He is survived by two sons, Jim Gaertner and his wife Micki and David Gaertner; his daughter, Carol Perkins and her husband Glenn; 11 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; his sister, Anita Schmoll and her husband George and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to his wife Helen and his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Fred Gaertner.
Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9 at Ewing-Schutte-Semler Funeral Home with Pastor Dan Hankins and Chaplin Bill Douglas officiating. Service Military Honors will be rendered by 40 and 8. Pallbearers will be Mark DeGraffenreid, Chris Jones, Seth Gaertner, Menachem Gaertner, Glenn Perkins and Paul Bennett. Honorary Pallbearers will be Gabriel Gaertner, Caleb Gaertner and Abraham Gaertner. Burial will be in Highland Sacred Gardens. Military Honors will be presented by the Pettis County VFW # 2591.
Online condolences may be shared at www.EwingSchutteSemlerFH.com. The family suggests memorial contributions to the Show Me Honors Flight in care of the funeral home.