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Gary R. Herd
Gary R. HerdAirForceGary R. Herd 81, of Magnetic Springs, died peacefully Sunday evening May 27, 2018 at his home.

He was born December 15, 1936 in Delaware to the late Harold E. and Juanita (Rogers) Herd, he was also preceded in death by his step-mother, Mildred (Stults) Coder and a brother, Bill Coder.

Gary was a 1954 graduate of the Magnetic Springs High School, he then served our country in the U.S. Air Force as an electrician, he would use this training the rest of his life as he was a much relied upon local electrician and plumber. Gary could fix just about anything he put his hands on.

Gary belonged to the Magnetic Springs United Methodist Church, he was very proud of his town and spent countless hours volunteering in whatever capacity was needed. He enjoyed farming on his homeplace and could be found many times tinkering in his shop or on his gator roaming the neighborhood, usually with the help of his dear friends, (there might be an ornery joke or story with this group).

Gary had been a member of the former Richwood Lions Club, he worked many years as the electrician for the Richwood Fair and was very proud of his N.T.P.A. number #7001, tractor pulling was a true passion for him.

Family was the center of his life, he did not miss many of his kids and grandkids activities.
Gary was also a very talented dancer, there is a story that this might be the way he caught the eye of his bride.

Surviving is his wife Connie (Cline) Herd, they were married May 22, 1960 in Washington D.C., their kids: Stacey (Jeff) Britton of Richwood and Stephanie (Dave) Romo of Ostrander.
Grandkids: Olivia (Garrett) LeMaster, Jordan (Presleigh) Britton, Cameron and Hayley Romo
Brother: Ronnie (Diane) Coder of Urbana and sister-in-law, Marty Coder of Florida

Funeral services will be held Wednesday June 6, 2018 at 11:00 am at the Magnetic Springs United Methodist Church, Pastor Judy Cramer will officiate, burial will follow in the Hopewell Cemetery, there will be Veteran Military Honors conducted by the Richwood Area Veterans. Friends may call Tuesday from 4-8 pm at the Stofcheck-Ballinger Funeral Home in Richwood.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Magnetic Springs UMC, 113 Olive Street, Magnetic Springs, OH 43036 and or the Loving Care Hospice, PO Box 613 Marysville, Ohio 43040

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

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#1 from: Brent & Kim Chapman
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 2:13 PM

Brent and I extend our heartfelt sympathies for each and everyone of you. We pray all those great memories help soothe and heal the pain & grief.  

#2 from: Sondra Blue-Schneller
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 3:45 PM

Prayers and Tight Hugs to all the family.I will miss running into him at all the BV games!

#3 from: Jerry Moore
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 4:03 PM

My sympathy to the Herd family.Our community lost another great character.

#4 from: Jerry &Peggy Gray Weaver
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 4:32 PM

Connie, Stacey & Stephanie, we are so sorry to hear that Gary has passed away he was a great man and a wonderful friend, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.
May God bless you all with His peace and comfort in the days ahead.

#5 from: Traci Hoffman
West Mansfield
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 7:01 PM

So sorry to hear of your family's loss. Thinking of you all and sending prayers for comfort during this time.

#6 from: Bob and Roxie Nauman
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 7:09 PM

Connie, Stacy, Steph and the rest of the family,  We are so sorry for your loss.  I don't know how many times Gary would help me or one of my family out with a household problem.  He was always so willing to come and rescue us even if it wasn't  at a convenient time.  We will pray for strength and comfort for all of you during this difficult time.  

#7 from: Rachel Beachy
Tue, May 29, 2018 at 9:41 PM

What a wonderful, beautiful man. He was so well grounded and had a great impact on all the people around him. Let the wonderful light he had continue to shine through all of you. You were all so blessed with such a wonderful human being. Time to celebrate his life and all he leaves behind. Blessings and peace to the whole family.

#8 from: Patty Lindsley
Wed, May 30, 2018 at 3:04 PM

Dear Aunt Connie, Stacey, Jeff, Stephanie, Dave and family,  There are no words I can say to heal the pain of loss.  Uncle Gary was and is a good man, a solid man who loved his family so much.  He, for me, was a stalwart pillar in those lives he touched.  I will always remember his laugh, his easygoing smile and the relaxing way he made those around him feel.  He was open and honest and never hesitated to express his love to those around him.  I am proud to have been able to call him my Uncle.  Even though the years have slipped by, my heart and memory are filled with gratitude and love for you all.  May God in his tender mercies fill you with great comfort and surround you with love.  Uncle Gary will be missed dearly but I know in my heart, he is surrounded by Love, our heavenly Father who loves him more.  Always with Love, Patty  

#9 from: Mary Howell
Marion, Ohio
Wed, May 30, 2018 at 9:12 PM

Connie, Stacey, Stephanie and families, I was so sorry to hear of Gary's passing.  He was one of a kind and everyone knew he could fix anything.  He had a great sense of humor, contagious smile and was a good friend to Otto and I. You have our deepest sympathy, keeping your family in prayer.

#10 from: Dan Foos
Richwood, Ohio
Wed, May 30, 2018 at 10:28 PM

So sorry for your loss, Gary has been a good friend for as long as I can remember.  He use to tell me how one day  Sam and I were in grandpas haymow playing, Gary must have been fixing something for grandpa, I was afraid to make the jump to the ladder and Sam went to Gary and asked him to help get me down out of haymow. Gary told me that story several times over the years.  He was a good man our community won't be the same without him.

#11 from: Kenyon and Beth
Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 8:03 PM

Connie, Stacey and Steph, we are very sorry for your loss.  Your Dad was a man of integrity, and a great Man.
GOD Bless your family.

#12 from: Pam Oman
Kannapolis NC
Fri, Jun 1, 2018 at 9:01 PM

Connie,Stacey and Stephanie,
I am so sorry to hear about Gary. Although I didn't see him often after we moved to NC, I still have fond memories from Grandma and Grandpa Herd's house at the holidays and Gary working out at the farm. He got his tall body in some small spots for mom and dad. He will be missed. Love to you all.

#13 from: Shane Clevenger
Guernsey, WY
Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 1:30 AM

Gary  always showed me something new when I was around him. Always had a smile and a funny story. Condolences to his family and prayers. He will be missed by many.... great life ... he will be missed and remembered daily.

#14 from: Melissa Ekmark
Sat, Jun 2, 2018 at 8:38 AM

My prayers and thoughts are with you in this time of loss.  I remember the tall, handsome man, working in his shop while Stephanie and I tanned in the yard.  He was always kind and took time to talk to us silly teen aged girls!  

#15 from: Elizabeth Allamong
Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 9:37 AM

Aunt Connie,
I am sorry to hear about Uncle Gary’s passing. I have happy memories of being in his garage as he allowed me to play on his tractors and spending time in your home as a child. He is fondly missed. Your family are in my prayers.
Much love to you all!

#16 from: Elmer Arbogast
Sun, Jun 3, 2018 at 1:16 PM

I remember Gary was a neighbor growing up and will be missed.

#17 from: Fred Smith
Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 6:09 AM

To the family of Gary,I send my condolences,he always had a great story to tell,he will be missed.My God bless

#18 from: Nancy Pacha-Virgil Hoffman
Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 12:50 PM

Connie and Family!
 So very sorry to hear of Gary's passing.Please know you are all in our thoughts and prayers.

#19 from: Rebecca George
Richwood, Ohio
Tue, Jun 5, 2018 at 8:38 PM

  Thinking of you as you pass through this valley.  May you find comfort in the memories that are yours to cherish.
  I remember when I learned that I needed a complete redo of my in house plumbing system and Gary so ably took care of that problem for me.

#20 from: Pat & Larry Krebehenne
Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 8:17 AM

Love and prayers are with your family.  Gary was a wonderful man and wonderful friend.  He will be sadly missed by many.  He sure helped us many many times no matter the time of day. Cherish the memories. So sorry we couldn't make the calling hours.  Our thoughts are with you.
Sincerely, Pat and Larry

#21 from: Tonya Payne
Wed, Jun 6, 2018 at 9:29 AM

Dear Connie and family -  I am so sorry and know that you will miss Gary so much.  We have been friends for a long time, and it just doesn't seem real to me.  I'm so glad that I stopped by and visited with you and Gary just a couple weeks ago.  I know he was in a lot of pain, so this has been a blessing for him.  I know you will take comfort in knowing he is with Jesus and all of you have each other to lean on and many great memories to cherish. Love to you all, Tonya

#22 from: James M. Styer
Thu, Jun 7, 2018 at 5:18 PM

Gary was a father figure a teacher and a steady person I loved Gary as that. He will always remain permenitly in my memories as a true Man.

May his family have peace in the Man he was.

Very sorry for your loss. May God shine his blessings on you all.

James M. Styer

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