Parker Lee “Chip” Gerdes
Parker Lee “Chip” Gerdes, 42, of 2223 Vermont Street, died in his home at 7:30 a.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013.
Chip was a 1989 graduate of Quincy Senior High School. He played varsity football for the QHS Blue Devils. He was also an Illinois State Scholar. He attended DePauw University and Quincy University with a major in political science.
In the past he worked for Michelmann Steel Construction Company and Mid-States Door & Hardware, companies founded by his Great Great Grandfather J.H. Michelmann in 1865. Most recently he worked as a behind-the-scenes political activist and consultant and was a disciple of legendary Republican operative Roger Stone. He helped win many victories for conservative candidates.
Politics was Chip’s passion in life, besides his wife, daughter and family. He was a grassroots conservative and a good friend of Andrew Breitbart. Chip was active in many organizations over the years including the Conservative Political Action Conference, the Tea Party, many political campaigns and the GOP. Chip’s passion and his work in politics was recognized across the country by The Gateway Pundit, Legal Insurrection, The Quincy Journal, Breitbart News, The Illinois Review, The Other McCain, Twitchy US Politics and Dana Loesch Radio and more. His passing was recognized on the floor of the United States House of Representatives by Missouri Representative Ann Wagner.
Chip was a member of Vermont Street United Methodist Church. He was a huge fan of the Alabama football team, RollTide!
Survivors also include his daughter, Alexis Mary “Lexi” Gerdes; his mother Barbara Ann Gates Gerdes; his sister Laura Gerdes Ehrhart and brother-in-law Richard Matthew Ehrhart; his brother William Frederick Gerdes IV; his niece Clara Elizabeth Ann Ehrhart and his nephews Gates Nikolaus Ehrhart and Richard William “Trey” Ehrhart; his grandmother Mildred Gates; his in-laws Rick and Mary Ann O’Hara, his sisters-in-law Jessica (Tyler) Tomlinson and Stephanie O’Hara and his brother-in-law Matthew O’Hara; his Uncle Joseph and Aunt Janet Gates Conover, Aunt Mary Gates, Aunt Ruth (Doug) Bush, Uncle James Bitter and Uncle Gordon Forbes as well as many cousins; and his very special dog Bear.
He was preceded in death by his father; his grandfather, Parker S. Gates; his grandfather, Clarence and grandmother, Octavia Gerdes; his, Aunt Jeanette Gerdes Bitter and his uncle, Clarence Lee “Skip” Gerdes.
Service: 10:00 am Monday (May 13, 2013) at Vermont Street United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Scott Grulke officiating.
Burial: Greenmount Cemetery, Quincy, Illinois
Visitation: 2:00 to 5:00 pm Sunday (May 12, 2013) at Hansen-Spear Funeral Home.
Memorials: Alexis Gerdes Education Fund or the Quincy Humane Society
Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.