Gerald F. Gahr

Gerald F. Gahr, 74, of 104 Evers Avenue, St. Marys, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013, at his home after an illness of the past several months.

He was born February 26, 1939 in Kersey, son of the late Edwin and Agnes Heigle Gahr, Sr.  He was a lifelong resident of the area and graduated from Kersey High School, Class of 1957.  He was employed at Stackpole Corporation for 28 years and at Oak Manor for six years.  After eight years working at MexAmerica Foods, Inc., he retired in 2004.

On July 4, 1959, in the St. Mary’s Church, he married Patricia A. Grunthaner, who survives.  He is also survived by three daughters, Debbie Lion and her husband Leon of St. Marys, Christine Nichols and her husband Ray of Brockway, and Lori Merritt and her husband Dan of Kersey; a son, Scott T. Gahr and his wife Wanda of Keyser, WV.  He was “Boompa” to his eight grandchildren, Adam, Tom, and Nathan Lion; Janelle Nichols; Eric and Brian Merritt; and Tyler and Jeremy Gahr.  Also surviving are a sister, Jean Vollmer and her husband Dennis of St. Marys; two brothers, Edwin Gahr, Jr. and his wife Rita of Kersey and Joseph Gahr and his wife Mary of Kersey; and nieces and nephews.

Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons in infancy; a grandson, Matthew Nichols in 2007; a sister, Elizabeth “Betty” Sidelinger; a brother, William Gahr; a brother-in-law, Charles Sidelinger; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Henry “Speed” and Gertrude “Midge” Grunthaner.

Mr. Gahr volunteered at the Special Olympics, the Big Brother Program, and at the Elk County Recycling Center.  He was a self-taught artist and enjoyed painting and being around people.

Visitation is at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Thursday, July 18, 2013, from 5:00 till 8:00 PM.

A private funeral service will be held at the Lynch-Radkowski Funeral Home on Friday, July 19, 2013, with the Rev. Paul Fields officiating.  Burial will be in the St. Mary’s Cemetery.

Memorials, if desired, may be made to the Community Nurses, Inc., Hospice, 757 Johnsonburg Road, Suite 200, St. Marys, PA  15857.

Ron & Denise Simbeck July 18, 2013 at 10:58 am

To Patty and Family,
Sending our sincere condolences to everyone and knowing that Gerry is at peace. He was a fine man and he was a great artist. Our prayers and thoughts are with all of you during this difficult time.

Denise & Ron Simbeck

Bonnie Kemmer July 18, 2013 at 11:37 am

I am very sorry about Gerald. I enjoyed working and arguing with him at Recycling. He didn’t care for my dogs. He said they cost too much money. My big dog died from cancer on Saturday nite. I can see the look on Gerald’s face as she was waiting at the Gates of Heaven to walk in with him. I am going to miss him at Recycling. Bonnie

Marsha Dallasen July 18, 2013 at 12:38 pm

I worked with Jerry at Oak Manor and remember him as a compassionate man toward the individuals who lived there. Thoughts and prayers to you during this difficult time.

Nancy Hanes & Family July 18, 2013 at 12:55 pm

Patty and family,

Jerry will be truly missed by all of us. He was such a character. We loved him very much.

I’m sure my mom and dad will be happy to see him in heaven.

Love, Nancy

Joan & Emery VanHorn July 18, 2013 at 4:59 pm

We both send our sympathy to you, Patti, and your family. I did not know Jerry was ill, so I was shocked when I read his obituary. May God be with you at this time. Our prayers and thoughts will be with you. He and Buddy Hedberg were our two class “funny guys” – always kept everyone smiling and laughing. I have many happy memories of Jerry; he was a “great” friend, and I am glad he was a friend of mine.
Joan & Emery

Patty (Titchner) Greene July 18, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I am so sorry to hear about Gerry. I know he has been sick for awhile.
My thoughts are with all of you; I know there isn’t much anyone can do to help. But we are all thinking of you at this time.
He will be missed by many.

Nancy Weirich Salter July 19, 2013 at 4:59 am

Dear Patty and Family,
Gerry will be missed. He was a gentleman. I am sorry to miss the funeral; prior commitment. R. I. P Gerry.

Stephanie Meyer July 19, 2013 at 7:46 am

So sorry to hear about Jerry! I will always remember him by his cute comments as I walk by your house with my dog, always called Toby “The Mayor of Evers Ave.”. Jerry had a friendly smile and always made a few minutes to talk to me. I will think of him as I walk by and remember him as being such a nice man. My prayers are with all of you. Stephanie

Gerry & Sue Riddle July 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

Gerry was the kindest man we ever knew. He truly made the world a better place. Thank you, Gerry, for giving us all a good example of the proper way to treat other people.

Kitty Turner July 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Patty and family,
I am really sorry about Jerry’s passing. He was such a funny and nice guy. I always liked the way he would say something, and you didn’t know if he was serious or joking. I am sure he will be greatly missed, but all the memories in your heart will keep him with you. You can also see parts of him in your children.
All of you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Bob & Betty Horan July 19, 2013 at 12:52 pm

Our deepest sympathy is with all of you. Jerry will be greatly missed. Cherish the memories and he will always be with you in your hearts. Be comforted knowing he will never be in pain again. Be assured you will be with him again some day. Take care and our love is with you always.

Joan Donovan Mosier July 20, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Jerry never failed to talk to me, had that great smile. One of my friends had seen his pictures at the Fox Twp. Bicentennial, said they were wonderful. Jerry was interested and involved in so many things, helping people… He did make the world a better place.
What better legacy could anyone have.
Sincerely, Joan Donovan Mosier

Denise Sarnoski July 22, 2013 at 7:52 am

Dear Patty,
I was totally shocked to hear of the passing of Jerry! Both of you always had a smile on your faces everytime I saw you. He was a wonderful man making things better. He will be missed. God bless.

Gerri Palmer/Ireland July 23, 2013 at 12:49 am

My deepest sympathy to the family of Jerry Gahr. My dad spoke very highly of him and he always stopped and talked whenever he saw him on our travels. He was a very kind man and will be missed. May you all find comfort and peace in the arms of family and friends, especially during this difficult time in your lives. Mike, Gerri, Kevin and Jenna Ireland

Phil Shefcyk July 25, 2013 at 2:35 am

We are totally saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Gerry was a good friend as well and will be missed by many.

Phil and Carol Shefcyk

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