Arthur William Gerber, 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep Saturday evening, February 9th, 2013, at St. Marks Nursing Center in Austin Arthur was born at his parents' farm south of Taopi, Minnesota on June 22nd, 1921, the son of John and Martha (Blonigan) Gerber. Arthur was married to Jurine (Johnson) Gerber on April 23rd, 1946 at Queen of Angels Catholic Church in Austin, MN. They celebrated more than 66 years of marriage. Arthur worked at Hormel Foods for 42 years. While employed at Hormel, he was drafted in to the Army during World War II. He was assigned to the 807 Chemical Unit of the 9th Army Air Corps. He was stationed in Europe and served from 1942-1945 as a Tech 5 Corporal. He has been honored by wife Jurine for services to his country by visiting the National WWII Memorial in Washington DC in 2004 and also registering him on the National WWII Memorial Honoree website. http://www.wwiimemorial.com/default.asp?page=registry.asp&subpage=search Arthur was a member of the VFW, American Legion, Eagles and the Moose Club, where both he and Jurine loved to dance on weekends. He was an avid fan of the Minnesota Twins and Vikings. He loved walking, biking, traveling, feeding the birds in his backyard and spending time with his family. He enjoyed talking to people and took great pleasure in joking and making them laugh. Though he was a full blooded German, after marrying Jurine, a Norwegian, he developed a fondness for the traditional Norwegian meal of lutefisk and lefse dinners during the Christmas season. This seasonal feast is now a cherished family tradition enjoyed by his children and grandchildren. Surviving are his wife, Jurine; sons Daryl (Linda), Silver Bay, MN and Dale, Golden Valley, MN; daughter Sharlyn Hall, Greenfield, MN; four grandchildren, Rachelle Gerber, Sarah Stewart, Jacob Gerber and Cassidy Hall; five great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; 2 brothers Jerome, Adams, MN and Lawrence Gerber; sister-in-law Rosemary Johnson, Austin, MN; in-laws Burnell and Phyllis Turvold, Beloit, IL; many nieces and nephews. Arthur was preceded in death by his parents; son Sheldon; brothers Raymond and Robert Gerber; sisters Serelda Kramer and Florence Fasbender; brother-in-law Dean Johnson; sister-in-laws Elvira Johnson, Arleen Reed and Cleone Johnson; nieces and nephews. A celebration of Arthur's life will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, February 15th, 2013, at Queen of Angels Catholic Church with Father Dale Tupper officiating. A wake will also be held February 14th at Mayer Funeral Home. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. Rosary will start at 4 and a prayer service will start at 6:30 p.m. Friends may also call one hour prior to church services at 10 a.m. Friday. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery. Following services, lunch will be served at the Queen of Angels Cunningham Hall.