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Michael Ray Gerst

Michael Gerst was born March 26, 1957 in Waterloo, IA; the son of Eugene and Maxine (Alhelm) Gerst. He married Renee Kisner on November 27, 1997 she preceded him in death on January 13, 2014. Mike worked at Black Hawk Sprinklers for 34 years, where he was semi-retired. He was an avid bowler and was in various leagues in Waterloo. Mike enjoyed watching and attending stock car races as well as his time at Legends Bar and Grill. He also liked spending his time camping with his extended family at the Red Barn Resort in Lansing, IA. Mike was very close with his four nephews and his niece.

Mike passed away on Friday, December 18, 2020 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester at the age of 63. He is preceded in death by his parents; his wife and a niece Lori Gerst. Mike is survived by his daughter, Jamie (Jeremy) Mauer of Bermuda Dunes, CA; two step-sons: Jon and Jamison Schwartz of Waterloo; six grandchildren: Lauren, Kendall and Hayden Mauer, Carver and Connor Schwartz and Anna Schwartz; four brothers: Richard (Nancy) Gerst of Waterloo, Gary (Angie) Gerst of Waterloo, Dennis Gerst of Jesup and David Gerst of Waterloo and a sister Cathy (Dave) Knapp of Kansas City, MO.

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