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Franklin Gerfen
Franklin GerfenFranklin Gerfen, 95, of Prospect, died Friday, March 14, 2008 at Alterra Sterling House of Marion.  He was born August 1, 1912 in Richland Twp. to the late Louis Charles and Clara (Klingel) Gerfen.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Prospect, Prospect Senior Citizens and had been superintendant of Prospect Cemetery for 10 years.  He was a farmer all of his life and was a former director of Federal Land Bank for 8 years.  He was an avid basketball fan, especially of the Ohio State Buckeyes.

On October 24, 1937 he married Dorothy Benzler and she died September 27, 2001 after 64 years of marriage.

He is survived by a son, Darrell Franklin (Janet) Gerfen, Prospect; two grandsons, Steven (Kim) Gerfen, Marion; David (Deb) Gerfen, Prospect; a granddaughter, Lorri (Mark) Hoffman, Prospect, 6 great-grandchildren.  In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Darrell E. Gerfen, 2 sisters and 2 brothers.

Funeral Services will be held Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at 11:00 AM in the St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, Prospect with Rev. Russell Makant officiating.  Burial will follow in Prospect Cemetery.  Friends may call from 4 to 7 PM on Monday at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home, Prospect.  Pallbearers will be Steve Gerfen, David Gerfen Mark Hoffman, Tyler Kaufman, John Watkins and Robert Barkley; honorary pallbearers will be Clay Gerfen and Nole Gerfen.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 200 E. Water St., Prospect, OH  43342 or Heartland Hospice, 685 Delaware Ave., Suite 200, Marion, OH  43302.

Condolences and remembrances may be expressed at www.stofcheck-ballingerfuneralhome.com.

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#1 from: Jeremy ,Kristin  Campbell and family
Prospect , Ohio
Sat, Mar 15, 2008 at 11:38 AM

It was truely an honor to meet such a great man . He will be missed by all of us .   Your family is in our thoughts and prayers .

#2 from: Cheryl Oehler
Sun City, Arizona
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 2:10 PM

Dear Gerfen Family,
We were so sorry to hear of Franklin's passing. He was a special man and we have fond memories of him. You will be in our daily thoughts and prayers.
Lester Daugherty  Pauline Oehler
Peggy and Tom Knickel  Cheryl Oehler
Kimberly, David and Ian Hoffman

#3 from: Richard and Donna Lawrence
8057 Lancaster-New Lex Rd. Bremen, OH 43107
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 2:17 PM

Dear Darrell, Janet and Family,
We were sorry to learn that you lost your father. What very, very special people both of your parents were and we remember them fondly. Our family sends our love and our sympathy to all of you.
Dick and Donna Lawrence

#4 from: Kelley(Brannan)McCutcheon
Sun, Mar 16, 2008 at 9:46 PM

My heart goes out to you.  Franklin will be greatly missed.  I am so glad I got the chance to know him and take care of him.  He was always so cheerful and grateful for everything(even when he couldn't hear you)  LOL  I just fell in love with him, even if I wouldn't have known the rest of the family.  And I am glad I got to know the rest of the family better through him.  Take care & keep in touch.


#5 from: Karen Kirby Smith
Mon, Mar 17, 2008 at 10:25 PM

To the Gerfen Family,
Please accept our sympathy in Mr.Gerfen's passing.
Steve and I were both scheduled to be out of town this evening so were unable to personally deliver out condolences. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
Steve and Karen Smith

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