Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

Death Notices

April 5, 2013

Lowell Gerth

Lowell Dean “Screwball” Gerth, 78, of rural Dieterich, passed away at 1:14 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, 2013, at St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital, Effingham.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday at Blake-Wright Funeral Home, Dieterich, with the Rev. Carroll Ross officiating. Burial will be in Scott Cemetery, near Winterrowd. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home. The family requests that those attending the visitation and funeral wear jeans in honor of Screwball. In loving memory of “Screwball,” memorials may be made to the Illinois High School Rodeo Association. Online condolences may be left at www.blakefh.com.

Lowell Dean “Screwball” was born on May 17, 1934, in rural Dieterich, the son of Leo and Louise (Krueger) Gerth. He married Harvy Lawless on July 3, 1956, in Olney. Screwball was a farmer and cattleman most of his life. He lived his whole life south of Dieterich, within a mile of where he was born. He started working on the pipeline at age 15 and worked all over the country. He liked working in the mountains and swamps best. Screwball was a lifetime member of the Operating Engineers Local 841 in Terre Haute, Ind. He enjoyed going to the sale barn and rodeos.

Screwball is survived by wife of 56 years, Harvy Gerth of Dieterich; four children, Deb Waddington of Assumption, Janet Menke (John South) of Newton, Bonnie (Jerry) Steppe of Effingham and Richard (Diana) Gerth of Dieterich; 11 grandchildren, Erica (Mike) Rettig, Nikki Waddington (Jake Steffes), Robb (Jenn) Waddington, Ben (Sam) McDaniel, Bridget (Aaron) Kaufman, Sabrina (Nick) Hutton, Anthony Steppe, Coleman Gerth (Nikki Jo Meier), Cody (Leslie) Gerth, Cord Gerth and Colby Gerth; great-grandchildren, Charlie Rettig, Ben McDaniel, Kaleb McDaniel, Clara Kaufman, Dean Kaufman, Brody Gerth and Briar Gerth; sister, Joy Phillips of Mattoon; nephew, Brandon (Randee) Bethards; great-niece, Taylor Bickford; and great-nephews, Brad Bethards and Brien Bethards.

Screwball was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Bob Gerth; and sister, Betty Watt.

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