Gerald E. Schenk

August 04, 1933 ‒ March 30, 2015

Magnetic Springs, Ohio
Formerly of Marion, Ohio

Gerald E. Schenk, age 81, of Magnetic Springs and formerly of Marion, died Monday evening, March 30, 2015, at Heartland of Marysville following a struggle with his health during the month of March.

On August 4, 1933, Gerald was born in Columbus, Ohio, as a twin to the late Fred and Rilda (Kinkade) Schenk.

Shortly following graduating, Gerald enlisted to serve in the US Army during the Korean Conflict. For most of his time in the Army, he was stationed in Germany.

Upon his honorable discharge, Gerald returned home to marry Phyllis Ruhlen on December 18, 1955. They shared over 37 years together and lovingly raised five children. She preceded him in death on December 26, 1992.

Gerald worked for the Marion Correctional Institute as a corrections officer then for The Ohio Penal Industries as a floor Supervisor working his way up to shop Superintendant for over 23 years.

While at MCI, Gerald met Pamala S. Edge whom also worked for OPI from the ORW shop, whom he married on March 12, 1997. They have shared over 17 years together, and they have shared a love for animals…having many dogs and cats.

During his younger years, Gerald was an avid motorcycle rider, riding as often as he could until he was no longer able, due to his health. He also loved gardening, taking after his father by having a passion for growing and tending to roses.

With a love for sports, Gerald was always rooting on his beloved Cleveland Browns and Indians, and the Boston Celtics. He also loved watching girls softball, westerns, and the game show Jeopardy.

Gerald was a lifetime member of the Stephen J. Chaney VFW Post 7201 in Marion, he also was a member of the American Legion and Eagles in Marion, and the Moose both in Marion and Marysville.

Having a laid back personality, it took a lot to get Gerald excited, though he did have an ornery streak that would keep you on your toes.

He is survived by his wife, Pam Seeberg-Schenk of Magnetic Springs; five children: Debra (Rob) Titus of Green Camp, Steve Schenk of Marion, Kathy (John) Moore of Winder, Georgia, Donna (Rob) Moore of Bucyrus, and Patricia (Shane) Penix of Richwood; two step sons: Chester “C.B.” (Becky) Hinch of Plain City, and Timothy Hinch of Magnetic Springs; 11 grandchildren and 4 step-grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Christine Schenk of Nevada; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his first wife and parents, Gerald was preceded in death by his twin brother, Harold Schenk; and a half brother, Fred Schenk Jr.

Services honoring Gerald’s life will be observed privately by his family. At a later date, he will be buried in Grand Prairie Cemetery in Marion.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Animal Cruelty Task Force of Ohio, 323 S. Main St., Marysville, OH 43040.

Gunder/Hall & Folk Funeral Directors, a division of Snyder Funeral Homes, are honored to have been chosen to serve Gerald’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • My heart just breaks for you all. ~ May God wrap his arms around all of you through this very sad & difficult time.

  • Hugs and love to you all…..I will miss his smile and that orneriness of his…..we share many good memories with him, your mom and the good times we all had at Grandpa and Grandma Fadley’s……that is what life is all about. Love you all

  • My thoughts and prayers are with you daily during this difficult time Patti; thinking of you!

  • So sorry for your loss. Your father was a nice man. I worked with him at MCI just did not know it till now. Wish all the prayers in the world to your family and your self.

  • A great loss that can never be replaced, but an even greater celebration as he is at peace as he is reunited with the loved ones lost in his time. One day may we all meet again, in another life. Sorry for your loss.

  • To My Dad He Was A Great Father And Dad He Raised Me Right & My Four Sisters He Was A Hard Worker Always Had Clothes On My Back And Never Went Hungry And Even After I Had Left Home There Was A Couple Times I Had To Move Back Home He Welcome Me Back With Open Arms I Always Helped Out What I Could And When He Had His 1966 Harley He Would Let Me Ride It At Any Time Man That Was A Nice Bike And On The Weekends My Dad & Mom Would Have A Few Drinks Down Stairs And Us Kids Would Make Pizzas We always Had A Good Weekend with Dad And Mom They Where Not The Type To Go Out They Made Sure All Of Us Kids Where Taken Good Care Of There Was Friends That Would Come Over On The Weekend My Dad Love To Entertain His Friends My Dad Was A Great Entertainer A Great Father And Great Dad and A Great Husband To My Mom Never Ever Saw Or Ever Heard Of My Dad Ever Hitting My Mom Now Us Kids Got It When We Needed It I Think I got More Than My Sisters Did I’m Going To Miss My Dad Very Much I Loved My Dad so Much I Know He’s In A Better Place Now He’s With His Love My Mom She’s Probably Told Him What Took You So Long And With All of His Family & Friends That Have Passed Over The Years I’m Sure They All Where Waiting At The Gates With Open Arms For Him I Know My Dad Is In Heaven Because Of The Man He Was I Love You Dad Going To Miss Those Talks We Would Have Love Your Only Son Steven Schenk

  • Your mom and I were 2nd cousins, but spent a lot of time together at Grandma & Grandpa Everhart’s. It was good to read Steven’s words about his dad. You all have my sincerest sympathy. It is hard to lose someone you love, but you know they are without pain and are with their loved ones who have gone before. God bless all of you.