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Hillary M. Gerber

September 17, 1969 ~ January 8, 2024 (age 54) 54 Years Old

Hillary M. Gerber Obituary

Hillary M. Gerber, 54, a lifelong rural Stewartville, MN farmer died unexpectedly of a cardiac arrest on Monday (January 8, 2024) at the family farm.

Hillary Marshall Gerber was born on September 17, 1969, in Rochester, MN to Paul and  Ruth (Kaldenberg) Gerber. He grew up on the Gerber Family farm in Pleasant Grove Twp., attended and graduated from Stewartville HS in 1988. He attended Wartburg College in Waverly, IA for 2 years and then the U of Minnesota -Waseca for 1 year. Hill was married on March 15, 1997, at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Goodhue to Debra J. Dankers. Following their marriage, the couple lived in Stewartville before moving to Pleasant Grove. Hill was currently farming with his dad and was formerly employed at Huntington Elevator in Spring Valley, Water Systems of Winona, and DeGeus Tile in Rochester. Deb has been employed at Mayo Clinic-Rochester for several years. Hill and Deb built a new home on a part of the Gerber farm in 2010, where they raised their children and have continued to make their home. Hill was a member of the Stewartville United Methodist Church and served on the Union Cemetery Board in Pleasant Grove. He always enjoyed attending his kid’s school and sporting activities. He was an avid fisherman, looked forward to going Up North with family and friends, followed the Twins and Vikings, played golf and was in softball beer league. Hill enjoyed visiting with neighbors and friends and loved time spent with family.

Hill is survived by his wife Deb and daughter - Emily and son – Sam all of rural Stewartville; his parents  - Paul and Ruth Gerber of Stewartville; his brother Nick(Ashley Vasas) Gerber of Minneapolis, MN; 2 brothers-in-law – Steve Dankers(Lacey Boesen) and Roger Dankers of Goodhue, MN and  nephews Bo (Victoria) Dankers and Brett(Brittany) Dankers of Goodhue, MN, and niece Klarissa (Tyler) Poncelet of Mazeppa, MN; Aunts, Uncles, and Cousins. He was preceded in death by his daughter Hannah, his maternal and paternal grandparents, and in-laws LaVerne and Margaret Dankers.   

A Memorial Service will take place at 11:00 AM on Thursday (January 18, 2024) at the Stewartville United Methodist Church with Rev. Laura Nordstrom officiating. Visitation will be held from 4 to 7:00 P.M. on Wednesday (January 17, 2024) at Stewartville United Methodist Church and 1 hr. prior to the service at the church on Thursday morning. Burial will follow at Union Cemetery in Pleasant Grove, MN.  Arrangements are with Griffin-Gray F.H in Stewartville. Condolences and memories of Hill are welcome at

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January 17, 2024

4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Stewartville United Methodist Church (Stewartville)

Memorial Service
January 18, 2024

11:00 AM
Stewartville United Methodist Church (Stewartville)


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