Gary Lee Gerhard

Born on July 13, 1942 in Wilmington, Ohio
Departed February 20, 2023 in Melbourne, Florida

In loving memory of our father, Gary Lee Gerhard, who passed away on February 20, 2023. He was a devoted husband of 63 years to his wife, Jane Gerhard. He was a loving father to Angie Bennett (David), Butch Gerhard (Julie), and Glenn Gerhard (Marcia). Gary is loved by his ten grandchildren: Hailey Reidy, Chase Cameron, Gray Gerhard, Casey Keller, Sarah Cameron, Ashley Gerhard, Rachelle Edwards, Amber Conlin, Brittany Wheeler, and Ty Bennett, as well as his 10 great grandchildren. Gary was predeceased by his mother and father, Nida and Lou Gerhard, as well as his three siblings: Allen Gerhard, Evon Tasinelli, and Ann DuPriest. He will be deeply missed by our family and all who knew him.

Born in Wilmington, Ohio, Gary moved to Florida with his parents and three siblings at the age of five and remained a Melbourne resident thereafter. He attended Melbourne High School where he met the love of his life, Jane, and graduated in 1960.

Gary was originally hired by RCA in 1962 in the Optics Lab. He then moved to Radiation Inc. in 1970, which later became L3Harris Technologies, where he retired after working in engineering for 38 years. This work experience gave him lifelong friends and knowledge that he continued to utilize long after his retirement. No metal or machinery was safe from being torn apart for examination and rebuilding, after being coated in endless amounts of bull or never-seez.

As an avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed everything from hunting and fishing to lobster diving and scalloping with his children, grandchildren, and friends that he considered family. Nothing brought him more joy than enjoying a glass of Buffalo Trace around the fire while sharing tales with his hunting camp family. He was always the first to offer praise or a comedic response that got everyone laughing while concluding the day’s activities.

Gary was an honest and giving man, who worked tirelessly to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He faced every challenge in life with admirable strength and courage.
Early in life, Gary learned the importance of hard work and he instilled that same work ethic in his children and grandchildren. He was always there for others, and always willing to offer help to those who needed it. He was a man of strong character, and emphasized the importance of family, hard work, and always doing what is right. Our father was a true role model who we will always look up to.

His funeral service will be held at Melbourne Church of Christ, 810 Hollywood Blvd, West Melbourne, FL 32904 on March 4, 2023, at 11 am.

Dad you are now at peace, but you will live forever in our hearts. We love you so much. Rest in peace.

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KEN L MOELLER from Winchester MA wrote on March 4, 2023:
When I ponder over my memories of Gary, "Poof, 'King of Roost.' He surely had the 'right to crow from the roof top' but never did! Gary was the epitome of humility, lived to 'love one another,' demonstrated 'actions speak louder than words,' and practiced 'Life is to Live.' My most cherished memory sharing with Gary, & you, Jane, is the evening we were at your home.... we were on the porch talking & rocking, I told my plight of loving a dish of frog legs but, for years unable to find them. Gary jumped out of his chair, to the freezer; "Let's have some for supper!' Jane to the kitchen. the 2 of you showed this 'yankee gal' how frog legs walk in the fry pan while cookin.' Gary, by habit, seemingly inborn & unconsciously, always did for others; exemplar to All. He is missed and forever loved by those of us blessed to have known him while on Earth. Now he shines on us brightly shining a star in the sky by night, a ray of sunlight through the clouds by day. May his Peace today soon be yours, the Gary Gerhard Family, tomorrow.
KEN L MOELLER from Winchester wrote on March 4, 2023:
In loving memory of my life long friend, Gary. Gary & I were Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn growing up. I will always remember sharing fishing, hunting, sleepovers, double dating and auto mechanics in high school. Gary has been the axle of the wheel and his family and friends were the spokes he dearly loved. Gary, you were the greatest friend I've ever had these 75+ years. May God bless you till the day we meet again.
Julie Ulmer from Melbourne wrote on March 1, 2023:
Although I’ve know Gary most of my life, we were blessed to become family when our daughter married their son. Our families have spent lovely Thanksgivings together for years, and share beautiful grandchildren and great grandchildren with Jane and Gary. He will be sorely missed. Rest In Peace, Gary. Julie and Artie
Sam Long from Melbourne wrote on February 28, 2023:
Gary and I worked together at Harris Controls Division, it was always great talking with someone of like interests. A really great person, he will be missed.
Dawn Cameron from Palm Bay wrote on February 28, 2023:
All are love and prayers for you and your family. You dad was a wonderful person.
Cindy (Merwin) Graves from Garden Grove, CA wrote on February 27, 2023:
All my memories of Uncle Gary are of great times shared in the great outdoors and of him laughing his infectious laugh, and making sure everyone else had what they needed. He was a giving and kind man who will live on in the the traits and traditions he taught his children and grandchildren, as well as all of those around him. Rest in Peace Uncle Gary. Cindy, Corey and Casey
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