Darrell F. Gerfen

December 22, 1940 ‒ June 25, 2020

Marion, Ohio

Darrell F. Gerfen, a true family man, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, June 25, 2020 at Riverside United Methodist Hospital.  Darrell was 79 years old and lived most of his life in Prospect, Ohio.

Darrell was born in Marion, Ohio on December 22, 1940 to the late Benjamin
“Franklin” and Dorothy Marjorie (Benzler) Gerfen.  Darrell attended Prospect High School graduating in 1958 and later attended The Ohio State University earning his Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science.

Shortly after graduating from Prospect High School, Darrell married the late Janet Marie Schwaderer on March 27, 1960.  The two shared 57 years together, loving their large family and tending to the family farm.  Janet passed away March 12, 2017.

Darrell worked for many years at Ohigro, BF Goodrich, Straflex and Parker Hanafin, but his true calling was working his more than 400 acres of farm land where he raised hogs and shorthorn cattle. In 1958, Darrell was on the winning team at The National FFA General Livestock judging team at The American Royal in Kansas City.  The same year, he won The Grand and Reserve Champion Steer at The Marion County Fair and was the Star Record Keeper for the State of Ohio.

Darrell was the past director of the Prospect Farmers Exchange, and was a proud member of The Prospect’s Lions Club.  Darrell enjoyed his time spent as a 4-H, FFA and Marion County Fair Advisor. He was also a member of Alpha Gamma Sigma Fraternity and enjoyed spending time with the Prospect Senior Citizens. Being a man of faith, Darrell was a longtime member of Trinity Lutheran Church in Marion.

Darrell will be missed by children, Steven (Kimberly) Gerfen of Marion, David (Deborah) Gerfen of Prospect, and Lorri (Mark) Hoffman of Richwood; grandchildren, Danielle (Andy) Landon, Megan (Lane) Addison, Tyler Kaufman, Kayla Gerfen, Clay Gerfen, Nole Gerfen, Patrick (Shannon) Hopkins, Michael Hopkins, and Shawn Hopkins, great-grandchildren, Avery, Rhett, David and a baby girl on the way.

Darrell was preceded in death by his parents, Franklin and Dorothy; wife, Janet; and son, Darrell Eugene “Punky” Gerfen.

Private family services will be held at Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel on Monday, June 29, 2020 and may be viewed at 11 am by logging onto https://www.facebook.com/DenzerChapelSFH/.  Pastor Ed Wahl will officiate and burial will follow next to his wife in Prospect Cemetery where friends are welcome to join in celebration of Darrell’s life.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Darrell’s honor to Trinity Lutheran Church, 4535 Smeltzer Rd, Marion, OH 43302.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Denzer Chapel is honored to serve Darrell’s family.  Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.

  • So sorry to hear about Darrell! I always loved talking to him at the fairs and skillathon. Thoughts and prayers to all of you.
    Cheryl Crawford

  • Lorri and family, We are so sorry for your loss. Sending hugs and prayers for you at this time.
    Robyn & Judson White

  • Very sorry to Darrell’s family. He was a special person. I enjoyed spending time with him. He loved talking about his family especially his grandchildren to me. I will truly miss him.

  • To Lori and Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.
    I have fond memories as a child of your Father at Fair time and school events.
    He will be soarly missed!!!
    Brent Harper , Marion

  • Dear LORRI and Mark
    You and your family are in our prayers
    Stay safe and hope to see you soon
    Donna and Herman

  • I am so very sorry for your loss. Warmest thoughts and prayers for all of your family.

  • So very, very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time.

    Steve and Karen Herr

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this very sad, and difficult time! Your loss is felt by all!

    Love from The Fogle Family

  • I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have fond memories of the Gerfen family. We were blessed to have such good neighbors. Your dad always had a smile on his face and he always took the time to talk to me. Hugs and prayers to all of you.

  • To the Gerfen family.
    We offer our sincere condolences.
    I just talked to your dad not long ago and he was his jovial self.
    I enjoyed working with your dad at Parker and always enjoyed being
    around him. The memorial film is wonderful. We will always remember
    your dad and it’s obvious your parents did a wonder job raising you kids.

  • We always enjoyed talking with him about farming and sheep. The kids enjoyed having him judge them during skillathon at the fair. We are sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

    David, Kim William, Andrew and Bethany Trihaft

  • So sorry to hear this . We enjoyed talking with Darrell when he came to the office. We’ll miss him. Robin , Ivy, & Dr. Dean Gray

  • To the Gerfen family, sorry to hear about Darrell. He was always a great guy, fun to talk to and a pleasure to be around. I will miss him.

  • To the Gerfen Family:
    We are so sorry to learn about the loss of your Father. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family.
    Shirley, Josh, Lydia, and Emily Dietsch

  • Steve, David, Lorri and families,
    Our prayers are for God’s peace to surround you at this time and that your families futures will be blessed with many wonderful memories of your Dad, Grandpa & Great Grandpa. As a youngster, thanks to Doris, Ralph and Jim Gerfen, I was unofficially adopted into the Gerfen family and enjoyed every get together with the wider family. I was also very happy I could renew my contact with “Punky” when he and mom & dad attended Peace Community. Just like you Dad, Punky always had that ready smile to greet you. Your Dad will be missed but all of you have been raised well to continue the Gerfen legacy. May God continue to bless all of you !

    Dick & Pam Axline