Don Elmer Gernert, 82, passed away Tuesday, July 9, 2013, at his home near Bloomville, from cancer.
Don was born June 7, 1931, in Bloomville, the youngest son of Charles and Ruth (Melroy) Gernert. Don married Shirley Rossman May 12, 1950, at St. John's Baseline United Church of Christ, Bloomville, and they had just celebrated their 63rd anniversary.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley Gernert of Bloomville; five children, Linda (William Houyouse) of Carrollton, Terry (Kathleen Sisinger) of Bucyrus, Timothy (Donna Lemons) of Springfield, Joel (Irma Villareal) of Bloomville and Daniel (Patricia Pryor) of Reading, Mass.; 23 grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and his sister, Mary Jane Aichholz of New Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant sister, Margaret; and three brothers, Charles Jr. of East Palestine, Thomas B. of Bloomville and Bobbie E. of Winter Haven, Fla.
Retiring from Timken Roller Bearing, Bucyrus, where he worked 30 years, Don still made hay for sale on the family Ohio Century farm near Bloomville. Don was a member of the Bloomville United Methodist Church. He loved to sing and was a member of Bucyrus Country Gentlemen barbershop group for many years. He also was a member of the Barbershop Music Association and the American Bowling Congress. The community will remember him as a coach for Bloomville little league teams and traveling team, serving on the Bloomville School Board and also as president of the Jaycees.
Don still was an active bowler last winter on a team with a couple of his sons. He also followed the Cleveland Indians for a long time. Teddy, an Australian shepherd, shadowed Don wherever he would go.
His funeral will be 1 p.m. Saturday, July 13, 2013, at Lindsey-Olds Funeral Home, 3085 S. SR 19, Bloomville, with the Rev. Gary Hicks officiating. Burial will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Bloomville.
Visitation will be 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to Bloomville United Methodist Church Back to School Carnival or to a charity of the donor's choice.
Online condolences may be made to the family at www.lindseyoldsfh.com.