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Darrell Eugene “Punky” Gerfen
Darrell Eugene “Punky” Gerfen Darrell Eugene “Punky” Gerfen, 46, of Prospect died Friday, July 6, 2007 at OSU Medical Center.  He was born November 9, 1960 in Delaware, OH to Darrell and Janet (Schwaderer) Gerfen, who both survive in Prospect.

He was a member of Peace Community United Church of Christ, a 1979 Graduate of Elgin High School; 1981 Graduate of Marion Technical College where he was class speaker.  He received a state degree from FFA, was a 4-H member for 10 years, and had been Marion County Fair King.  An avid farm toy collector, he was a member of the Marion Steam and Gas Society, John Deere 2-cylinder club and the National Farm Toy Museum.  He never missed a toy show within 50 miles and was an avid reader.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by 1 sister Lorri (Mark) Hoffman, Prospect; 2 brothers, Steven (Kim) Gerfen, Marion; David (Deb) Gerfen, Prospect; nephews and nieces, Danielle Dutton, Megan Kaufman, Tyler Kaufman, Kayla Gerfen, Clay Gerfen, Nole Gerfen; grandfather Franklin Gerfen, Prospect; Godparents, De Lynn and Eilene Kale, Richwood; and his Rat-Terrier, Taffy.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, July 10 at 10:00 A.M. in the Peace Community United Church of Christ, Waldo with Rev. John Bradley officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 8 PM on Monday at the Gehm-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.  Pallbearers will be Steven Gerfen, David Gerfen, Mark Hoffman, De Lynn Kale, Mike Dietsch and David Borland; honorary pallbearers will be Tyler Kaufman, Clay Gerfen and Nole Gerfen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Peace Community United Church of Christ, P. O. Box 176, 4061 St. Rt. 98 S., Waldo, OH  43356.

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#1 from: Kristin Campbell
Prospect Ohio
Sun, Jul 8, 2007 at 12:04 PM

You are in our thoughts and prayers.  

                       Love, The Campbell Family

#2 from: Cheryl Oehler
Sun City, Arizona
Sun, Jul 8, 2007 at 12:28 PM

Dear Gerfen family,
We were so sorry to hear of Darrell's passing. We have many fond memories of him. Please know all of you are in our daily thoughts and prayers.

Lester Daugherty
Pauline Oehler     Cheryl Oehler
Kim, David and Ian Hoffman  Peggy and Tom Knickel

#3 from: Richard and Donna Lawrence
8057 Lancaster-New Lex Rd. Bremen, OH 43107
Sun, Jul 8, 2007 at 2:21 PM

Dear Darrell and Janet,
It was with so much sadness that we read in the online version of the Marion Star that you had lost Darrell. What an amazing and talented young man he has always been. It can certainly be said of him that "He made the most of a very good life." The two of you have done a marvelous job in parenting all your special kids. We send you our love and our sympathy.
Dick and Donna Lawrence

#4 from: Loree Keller, RN
OSU Medical Center
Sun, Jul 8, 2007 at 6:08 PM

It is a testament to the love and support of all your family that Darrell lived the life he did.  I am so sorry for your loss, but am so happy that you were able to give him peace before he began to suffer too much and allow your love for him to be more important than the pain you knew you would feel at his passing.  Thank you for allowing me to take part in his care, and I hope I was able to help you in some small way when he left this life.  Take care of each other and God Bless all your family.

#5 from: Kelley(Brannan)McCutcheon
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 1:02 AM

Gerfen Family,

I am very sorry for your family's loss.  My thoughts are with all of you as you move towards the next stage in your lives.
And know I will continue to support Franklin(grandpa).


#6 from: Bill & Deb Sturgeon
Upper Sandusky
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 8:33 AM

We received word of Punk's passing late Sunday night, and wanted to pass on our sympathies to the family.  All of you are in our thoughts and prayers.  Punk was a wonderful person, so caring and full of life.  We have missed seeing all of you.  Your memories will continue to live in your hearts and keep you close to him.  May the Peace of God be with you.

#7 from: John & Carolyn Heimlich
176 Johnson St
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 4:48 PM

To the family of Darrell

We want to let you know that we are thinking of you and your loss.

We knew Darrell through Marion Steam & Gas Society

with love
John & Carolyn Heimlich

#8 from: Dick & Ruth Fryman
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 10:22 PM

We extend our deepest sympathy to you in your loss of "Punky".  May God hold you in his loving arms as you grieve.  


Dick & Ruth Fryman

#9 from: Eileen (Kirby) Clemens
Mansfield, Ohio
Mon, Jul 9, 2007 at 10:52 PM

Dear Gerfen Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Darrell's passing. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
Eileen Kirby Clemens

#10 from: Vicki (Dutton)Jordan
Marion OH
Tue, Jul 10, 2007 at 7:19 PM

Dani and Family,

  My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of sorrow, so sorry for your loss..

  Vicki, Jim, Matt and Megan Jordan

#11 from: Jackie Hicks
Livermore, California
Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 1:12 AM

To the Gerfen Family,

I am so sorry to hear about Darrell. We spent alot of time at your home and doing things together. He was a wonderful friend and will be greatly missed.

Love to all of you,

#12 from: Kathleen (Kirby) Ulmer
Delaware, OH
Fri, Jul 13, 2007 at 5:53 PM

Dear Gerfens,

I was so sorry to hear of Darrell's passing when my sister Karen called to tell me.  I had planned to come to the viewing on Monday and offer my condolences in person, but had a small crisis come up with one of my kids.  You have my deepest sympathy.  


Kathleen Ulmer

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