Harold Dean Hershner

February 06, 1925 ‒ January 19, 2020

Lexington, Ohio

Harold Dean Hershner, age 94, peacefully passed away Sunday, January 19, 2020, in his Lexington home.

He was born February 6, 1925, in Johnsville the oldest son of Earl & Mabel (Smith) Hershner and was a 1943 graduate of Johnsville High School. On his 20th birthday, Dean joined the US Army to aid his country during WWII. When he came home, he worked as a carpenter for Ivan Bauer Construction, Shumacher & Sons Builders, and Frank Gadfield over the years.

He was set up on a blind date with a beautiful young teacher named Loretta Zody and the pair soon married on July 30, 1960.

In addition to carpentry work, Dean worked as a farmer his whole life on the Hershner family farm. Even last year, at age 93, he would go to the farm to grind feed for the chickens and work in his garden. In his spare time, he enjoyed hunting, fishing, trap shooting, and competing on local rifle teams. His friends and family describe him as “quite a character” and will dearly miss his jokes and stories.

He was a member of Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church, the American Legion E. B. Rinehart Post 754 (for 75 years), VFW Post 5101, Carpenters Union 735 Mansfield Local, Masonic Lodge in Bellville (74 years), and Williamsport Grange (74 years).

Dean is survived by his loving wife of 59 years Loretta Hershner of Lexington; children (& spouses): Lori & Gary Bastin of Lexington, Andy & Krista Hershner of Coshocton, Steve & Chris Hershner of Powell, and Scott & Tracey Hershner of Bellville; grandchildren Logan Bastin, Mitchell Bastin, Andy Johnson, and Alex Johnson; a brother William (Maxine) Hershner of Johnsville; along with several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dean was preceded in death by sisters Frances Nisely, Mary Jean Condon, and brother Marvin Hershner.

The Hershner family wishes to thank all those who gave loving care to Dean including private caregivers: Kris, Nila, Hannah, Jessica, Jericka, Dan, Peg, Carmen, Connie, Southern Care Hospice: Monica & Megan, and OhioHealth nurse: Leti.

His family will receive friends 4-6 pm Thursday, January 23, 2020, in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where a funeral service with military honors will be held 11 am Friday officiated by Pastor Dave Smith. Burial will follow in Shauck Cemetery near Johnsville. In lieu of flowers, contributions to American Legion Post 754 or Johnsville Grace United Methodist Church may be brought or sent to the funeral home (PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904).

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve Dean’s family. Share a memory & watch his tribute video at SnyderFuneralHomes.com

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  • Please accept my sincere condolences in Dean’s passing. Thank you for the opportunity to be blessed by the entire family. Warmly,

  • Loretta, I am so sorry for your loss!! I know he made you very happy and you did the same for him!!

  • Lori and family,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your dads passing.
    My sincerest sympathy,
    Tami DeLong Barnett

  • Dean left all who knew him many blessed memories…. He always asked about the family when you would see him and usually would share a joke or two. What a great man!! He will be missed.
    Brad & Kim Hessey

  • Lori and family,
    My deep condolences as your Dad passed on to his heavenly home. Hugs to Loretta and you.
    Nancy (Wilson) Long

  • I will miss him so much but now he is with my dad and uncle Earl and Grandma and Grandpa . I loved it when him and dad would just sit and talk about their childhood so much history between them two . So sorry for his passing . Love you Loretta, Lori,Andrew Steven and Scott. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Dean was one of the nicest and funniest men I have ever met. He will be missed dearly. He definitely left a legacy of laughter and kindness.

  • Lori, My deepest condolences for you and your family in the loss of your father, husband and friend. Prayers to help you find strength to get through this very tough time.

  • Truly a loss of one of the “Great Generation”. A heartfelt salute to your father for his military service, faithfulness to God and Family. Condolences from my family to yours.

  • Loretta, You have my deepest sympathy along with thoughts and prayers. You were Blessed with a wonderful husband who. Had a great life. May God Bless you and your family thru this difficult time. – Marge Leskovich. 🙏

  • So sorry for your . I have a lot of fond memories of Dean at the Sportmans club with my dad, Bob Yunker! I am sure they are going to do a lot of shooting together again 🙂 Prayers to all.


  • My first memories of Dean is driving the John Deere through Woodbury when I was a little girl. He always had a big smile and waved and winked while we waved at him. He always had a joke to tell when he came in Apple Pie to get some biscuits and gravy. I always knew he was a really good man but not until I started caring for him did I realize what an amazing man he really was. Much love to his family through this difficult time. Thanks for allowing me the pleasure of caring for him

  • As I shared with Lori last month, Dean and his entire family always made me feel welcome as if I were a part of the family as a kid, and I have great memories of spending time at his home and cabin! Quite a man! Thanks Scott and Steve! And again, thank you for your loving testimony Loretta and my continued thoughts go out to each and every one of you in the family!

  • Lori and family,

    So sorry to hear of your Dads passing. Please accept our deepest sympathy.
    Prayers to you and your family.

    Tracy and Tina Price