Kermit Lee Richert
October 02, 1937 ‒ April 06, 2021
“Kermy!” Jesus called, and Kermit Lee Richert went home to his Lord on April 6, 2021, following a valiant battle with cancer.
Kermit was born to Herschel and Savilla (Workman) Richert on October 2, 1937, the youngest of four children. He worked on his father’s farm in Jelloway, raising bronze turkeys. In high school, he met Donna Marie Denny from Lakeville. The two married in 1956, and soon, with brother Ralph and family, moved to Phoenix, Arizona. Their three children were born there. When the family moved back to Ohio in 1961, Kermit joined his father-in law Fred and brother-in-law Jim in farming Dojimar Farms.
He went on to found Kerdon Manufacturing, designing, building and selling field sprayers to farmers across the country. He earned his real estate and auctioneer licenses and delighted in helping people buy and sell property and chattels. Kermit was dedicated to his community, and served as president of the local Rotary Club, founding member of Mohican Area League for the Arts, and board member of the Ashland Symphony. But most of all, he was known for his ability to help others solve problems, often using his talents for design and building. Whether he was building motorized floats, re-habbing homes or the Ohio Theater, auctioning off pies, singing in the church choir or Mansfield Symphony Chorus, Kermit gave it his all. His reconstruction of a log cabin at Lake Greenlee gave the family a site for celebrations and retreats at his hobby farm.
For the past 24 years, Kermit and Donna Marie wintered in Florida, where they volunteered at Bok Tower, were members of the Lake Wales First Presbyterian Church, and made firm friendships. In Ohio, they were long-time members of the United Methodist Church, and most recently Zion Lutheran Church, both in Loudonville.
Kermit was especially dedicated to local radio station WZLP. His agriculture-related show, “Kickin’ Klods with Kermit,” was one of the original shows and continues today with son-in-law Steve doing the interviews. Donations in Kermit’s memory may be made to WZLP Radio, 807 Valley View Dr., Loudonville, OH 44842 for a much-needed generator to keep the station on the air during power outages.
Kermit is survived by his wife, Donna Marie; children Robin (Steve) Hughes, Jeff (Holly) Richert, Rhonda (Bob) Close; grandchildren Tim (Mindy) McClure, Mark (Carli) McClure, Kara (John) Cappellano, Scott (Charity) Richert, Jamie (Jake) Basnett, Lisa (Kyle) Jones, Adam Close, and Brett Close, 11 great-grandchildren, sister Martha, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, his siblings Ralph and Jane (Swank), and his in-laws Fred and Beryl Denny.
Visitation with the family will be at Loudonville United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 124 N. Market St., Loudonville on Tues., April 20 from 6 – 8 pm. Funeral services will be private, as per Kermit’s wishes.
Kermit seldom said “Good bye” at the end of phone calls, but his “Good morning to you!” echoes in our minds. So “Good morning to you, Kermit, God’s good and faithful servant!”
Snyder Funeral Home-Lindsey Chapel is honored to serve Kermit’s family and encourage you to share a fond memory or message of condolence to them at SnyderFuneralHomes.com.