Dean H. Gerhart

August 04, 1957 ‒ November 30, 2018

Fredericktown, Ohio

Dean H. Gerhart, 61, of Fredericktown passed away unexpectedly Friday morning, November 30, 2018 at Knox Community Hospital. He was born on August 4, 1957 in Mansfield to Sonia (Rinehart) Gerhart and the late Howard T. “Hod” Gerhart.

Dean was a 1975 graduate of Clear Fork High School and he honorably served his country in the Air National Guard and the Army National Guard.  He served on the Fredericktown Fire Department from 1984 to 2005, where he earned the rank of Captain.  Dean enjoyed riding his Goldwing, hunting, shooting clays, working with horses, working on cars and helping others.  He was a member of the NRA and the Goldwing Road Riders Association.

Dean is survived by his wife, Brenda (Smith) Gerhart whom he married on June 25, 1977; son, James “Jimmy” (Jennifer) Gerhart of Pataskala; daughters, DeAnda (Andrew Bradish) Elliott of Mount Vernon and Stacy (Brent) Brackett of Mansfield; grandchildren, Austin, Hailey, Faith, Andrew Jr., Jessica, Brianna, Mikayla, Brooklyn and Owen; three great grandchildren;  his mother, Sonia of Bellville; brother, Scott (Brenda) Gerhart of Bellville; mother-in-law, Betty Smith of Fredericktown;  his grand canines, Cooper and Sydney; and longtime friends, Patrick and Yvonne Lee.

In addition to his father, Dean was preceded in death by a brother, Todd M. Gerhart; and an infant granddaughter.

The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until the time of a funeral service celebrating the life of Dean at 6 p.m.  on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church, 123 Columbus Rd., Fredericktown with Rev. Richard Hasley and Pastor Paul Walls officiating.  Military honors will be provided by the Knox County Joint Veterans Council.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Fredericktown EMS, 139 Columbus Rd.,  Fredericktown, Ohio 43019.

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The Snyder Funeral Home in Fredericktown is honored to serve the family of Dean H. Gerhart.



  • Brenda I still can’t believe it. You have our prayers and we are always here like Dean was there for us. So much to say – already miss you Dean….We love you man! Al (and Anthony)

  • Dear Brenda and family. So sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. He was a great friend and will be sadly missed by many. God bless you all!!

  • So sorry to hear the news of Dean passing .My heart goers out to you Brenda and kids.Keeping you in out thoughts and prayers. Jona & Bob Hammond

  • i got to know Dean through PAT lee he was a great guy all was there to help any one ! he will be greatly missed

  • Brenda and family;
    Brenda, Sorry about the loss of your husband. I didn’t know him very well but I do know you and my heart goes out to you for your loss. Just keep all of the wonderful memories of your life together close to your heart always.
    To the children and grandchildren, keep the memories of your father, grandfather and great-grandfather close to your hearts.
    May God be with all of you at this time. May He give you comfort and healing in your time of sorrow.

  • Brenda, our sincere condolences for the loss of your husband. Our hearts go out you and your family. You are in our prayers.
    Laurie Weit and the Weit family.

  • Brenda my heart aches for you and your family. Dean is one of the best guys I’ve ever known. He will always be celebrated and cherished as part of the BruBaker family.

  • Brenda and family,
    We are so sorry to hear this. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, during this difficult time.

  • Brenda and family,

    I am so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. He will certainly be missed by many. His jovial laugh will always be one of his trademarks that I remember. We shared many laughs at work together and the times we shared will be treasured. Your family is in our prayers as you cherish the memories and hold them in your heart until you meet again.

  • Prayers and hugs for all. knew Dean from school, always was a very nice guy. So sorry for your loss!

  • Gerhart family,

    We are sorry for the loss of your loved one. Our heart goes out to you at this difficult time. Just know you are in our thoughts and prayers for peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  • Brenda,sorry to here of deans passing.keeping you in our prayers here in florida.take care,

  • Brenda and family, we are so sorry for your loss. We are lifting you all up in our prayers and asking God to send his Angels around all of you. May you experience peace and love around you.

    I am blessed to work with Beth at BHP. Love her so much.
    Pam Hissong

  • Sonie, and family, We were so sorry to see the loss of Dean! It breaks my heart to see the loss of a child! My husband, Gerald, of course is a cousin of your husband. He remembered when Dean was born. God bless and keep you and your family. You surely have our prayers!

  • Brenda, Jimmy and DeAnda,

    You are all in my thoughts and prayers. Hold on to the great memories you each created individually and as a family. I will always remember and hear Dean’s laugh and his stories. Brenda, I am so glad we got together in August and had the chance to hang out for the afternoon.

    I hope these words can give you some comfort right now. I read this somewhere one time based on Psalm 56:8 that even if we cry a river God will collect each one of our tears, the ones that we blink back, those we cry silently, and the ones that even soak in our pillows in the middle of the night. Not a single one of our tears escapes God’s notice, because each one is so precious to Him because we are each precious to Him.

    We love you all!

    Denise (and Cook)

  • Brenda, Jimmy, & Deanda,

    Our family is so very sorry for your loss. There aren’t words that even seem adequate enough. Dean. His smile & laugh, were infectious and drew you in. He always had a hug, he always called me sweetheart. I will miss that.

    Our family is forever blessed and complete because of yours from our first date you and Dean took us on.

    Our most sincere condolences,
    Howie and Shari Miller & family

  • Brenda and family,
    My heart breaks for you. Stay strong in Jesus. He will hold you when you can no longer stand. Praying for comfort and peace for you and your family.

  • Brenda,

    We were so saddened to hear of Dean’s passing. What a wonderful man, husband, father, grandfather, and friend he was. He will be missed by many. We have great memories of being at the farm with all of you, as well as a fun memory of several of you coming to Linton to visit us on your bikes and us all going to the Mexican restaurant with the guys riding in the back of the truck! We are sending many thoughts and prayers for you, your family, and his many friends. May you be comforted by the wonderful memories you all share.

    Jeanna and Steve Channel
    (Allen Lee’s In-Laws)

  • From the first time we met you both at the pizza parlor, to the silly laughs we had each time Dean tried to close the stadium seat- we will cherish those memories forever. . Lexi will never forget wearing his boots and helping in the barn learning about all those tools :). Both of you shine in your children and grandchildren and Dean’s legacy will live forever through them. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all!!

    Jason, Helsa, and family

  • Brenda and family, Bill and I are so saddened to hear of Dean’s passing. Our prayers are with you and he will be missed. What a wonderful man and cherished friend. Love and thoughts to you all. Bill and Teresa Mahoney

  • So very sorry to hear about the loss of Dean! Brenda,Jimmy,Deanda, you are all in my thoughts and prayers ! May god wrap his arms around you all and comfort you while your hearts ache for him! He was a good husband and father and cherish those great memories of him! 😢💔😘🙏🏼🙏🏼🙏🏼

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family for courage and endurance as you try to adjust to the changes you are facing. Sincerely – Bill & Jan Mast

  • Oh Brenda and family. Words can not explain how sorry I am. Always thinking of u and the family. Love and prayers to all.

    Dee Allerding.

  • Brenda, Jimmy, Deanda and family, our family is so sorry to hear about Dean’s passing. We will never forget his jovial contagious laugh. If you need anything at all, please don’t hesitate to call us. Prayers sent to your family.

  • Brenda, I’m so sorry to hear of Dean’s passing. I’m glad I got to meet him a few weeks ago. I know he will be missed greatly. Many prayers for you and your family.

  • Brenda and Family,
    My heart breaks for each of you. I’m so sorry for your loss and pray that God comforts you at this difficult time. Dean was a great guy with an unforgettable laugh.

  • Dear Brenda and Family, Betty, Scott and Family, Sending you our deepest sympathy. We did not get to know Dean really well, but enjoyed being with him at gatherings, and he was always so friendly. He has left us much too early. Our hearts go out to everyone who is suffering this loss. May it help to know that you have friends who care. Sincerely, Susie and Dick Huggins

  • Brenda, Sonia, Scott and family, so sorry to hear of your loss.
    Brenda I hope you can take solace from the great family you and Dean have raised. He was a great friend that was fun to be around. Although it was far too short he had a good life. I too will always remember that big laugh of his that I see often referenced here.

    Our prayers go out to all of you.
    Duane Williamson

  • Dear Gerhart family, I would like to express my sincere sympathy in your loss of Dean. He was a classmate of mine at Clear Fork and his locker was right beside mine during high school. He was always funny and a very friendly guy! May he rest in peace!! Becky Gleason Marth

  • Brenda, deanda, and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and love are here for you. Time has slowed down for even a moment. And the gates to heaven opened and let him come home. He was and always will be an amazing man, husband, father, grandfather and friend. God bless you all . Love meg , chad and kids

  • Dear Brenda. We are so very sorry to hear about Dean. He was such a nice person. He will be truly missed. If there is anything we can do to help you, please, please let us know. We are not far away. God will take care of you and your family. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Dear Brenda and family,,
    With deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    God bless you all.
    The West family

  • Brenda,
    So sorry for your loss. My heart breaks for you and your children, and especially the grandchildren. If there is anything I can do to help you in any way, let me know I would be more than glad to help. Keeping you and your family in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • Brenda and Family,
    Our fondest memory of Dean was his search for truth. We will miss his infectious laugh and smile.

  • Deanda and family my sincere sympathy for you and your family. Praying for comfort and peace at this sad time. Love & hugs. Steve & Margaret obert.

  • Brenda and Betty Smith and families, so sorry of the passing of your loved one, many blessings and prayers.

  • Brenda we are praying many prayers for you and your family. I’m so sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man!

  • Brenda,

    We were so sad and sorry today we when heard of Dean’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Jim & Cindy Morgan

  • Brenda,

    We were so sad and sorry today we when heard of Dean’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Brenda. Thinking of you and praying for your family. If I can do anything please don’t hesitate to ask. Taking for comfort

  • The Gerhart Family, Dean was a good man everytime I seen him he always made me laugh and brighten my day. He will be missed.

  • Dear Brenda, Jimmy, DeAnda and Stacy,

    It was such a pleasure to get to know Dean. He had an infectious laugh, a wonderful smile and a great sense of humor, i.e. he was my kind of guy! I was deeply saddened by the news of his passing. I thin of him often. He knew something about everything. He was fun to talk to and be around. He was always willing to help anyone who needed it. He is in such a better place now. One day we will meet again and this time of sadness will be washed away.

    God Bless you all,

    Mike Reusch

  • Brenda so sorry to hear about your loss of Dean. Just know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Brenda, Jimmy, & DeAnda
    We are so very sorry to hear of the passing of Dean. He was an awesome man. Quite a character. A memory I have never been able to forget: I was riding the bus home from the JVS, as soon as we got to the bypass on 13, that old mail type truck those “Clear Fork ” boys used to drive, passed us. The truck pulled over into our lane, right in front of the bus, the back doors swung open, and what did we see: the bare back sides of 3. First time I was ever ” mooned”. Not sure but we all decided it had to be Dean, Duane, & Floyd. The late Joanne Swartz was our bus driver. She looked at me and said ” well, that’s something you don’t see everyday”. Quite a character. Dean enjoyed life. Praying that as you all mourn his life, you remember the precious time you had together. He loved you all and would want you to continue to make precious memories for the grandchildren and great- grandchildren.
    1 Peter 5:7 says ” Cast all your cares on Him, for He cares for you”.
    We are praying the Lord will carry you through this time.
    Lord Bless. Nina & Mark.

  • Scott and Brenda,
    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.

  • Brenda and family,
    My heart aches with yours. Although we haven’t been close lately, I still consider you a friend and have fond memories of times we shared in high school. You and your family have been in my thoughts and prayers.

  • “I assue you: Anyone who hears My word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life”
    and will not come under judgement but has passed from death to life.

  • Very sorry for the loss of one of our First Responder Family members. Our Police and Fire Chaplains will have you in our prayers.

  • Brenda and family, I am sorry to hear of the passing of Dean. He was a great man, I can still see him on the fence of all of our football games, or watching the victory bell getting rung after a win. Your family is in our prayers.