Kermit Lee Richert

October 02, 1937 ‒ April 06, 2021

Loudonville, Ohio

“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

  • So sad to hear of Kermit passing. A true gentleman and great man. Our deepest condolences to his entire family. He will truly be missed!

  • So sorry Rhonda to hear about your dad. You and your family are in my prayers. Love you Lola

  • Rhonda, Bob, Adam and Brett. I was very saddened to here of your Dad’s passing. Peace, love and strength to you and your family.

  • It was with sadness that I read of Kermit’s passing. He was a tremendous help to me when I sold my aunt’s houses, and no question was “dumb” as for as he was concerned. He will be missed by many. My prayers are with you all!

  • Our heartfelt sympathies are with you Donna, Rhonda, Robin, and Jeff in this time of sorrow. Kermit is at peace and your love is with him as his is with you. The wonderful memories you share will go on forever and be embellished as time goes on. May God give you peace.

  • Dear Donna & Family,

    Kermit was a very special guy. I always enjoyed seeing him at church.
    We will miss him.
    You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Peace be with You.

    Jim & Andi Armholt

  • Our deepest condolences to the entire family. Kerm was a great man and a dear friend. He always had a smile on his face and a good word to say. He was always willing to pitch in and help out wherever needed around the grist and projects. He will be missed by all of the mill family that he was a part of. Rest in peace.

  • My deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort for Donna Marie and the entire family. May you treasure your memories of your husband, father and grandfather in your hearts and share them with each other. May God give you peace.

  • My heart goes out to Donna and the family! Kermit was an amazing person and he left a lasting impact on me and everybody that knew him. Thanks again for the life lessons, and instilling some work ethic in me. Your impact will live on in the community!

  • We are praising the Lord for the time we had with Kermit! He was a precious uncle to Roger and dearly loved. Thank you for allowing us time with all of you and especially Kermit.

  • Our deepest sympathy to you Donna Marie and family. He made sure Gail and members of the Bikes for Kids had a building to work on and store their bikes.
    Kermit was one of Loudonville’s greatest.
    Gail and Patty Hunter

  • Dear Donna: I am so surprised to hear that Kermit is now up in paradise with my Fran. I have fond memories of auctions given by Kermit, including the ones he did for us when Frans sister Betty passed away and many other times as well. I am amazed that I am still here to talk to you, butThe Lord is not listening to my request for him to call my number yet, so I know He will provide the comfort I know by experience you will need in the days ahead.
    Gordon Penner

  • Kermit made a positive impact on everyone he met. He was a honest and caring man. He will be truly missed.

  • We will miss Kermit, and Loudonville will miss all the good that he did all his years.

  • Condolences from your friends from First Presbyterian Church. We know Kermit will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

    Chris Waters
    Ansel & Beth Buhrman

  • Rhonda, Donna, Robin, Jeff and family. We are saddened for your loss and will always have fond memories of your father/husband. When I think of your dad/husband, I think of the many auctions he ran, and I can still hear him calling out the bids. He was really good and a man of many true talents. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Sincerely, Mark and Reda Rhoads

  • Donna Marie and family,

    The ” March of time” gathers us all as it moves toward conclusion and we lose those we love. How does one replace a man for all seasons? To you all we send our heartfelt condolences.

    Bob and Carolyn Remington

  • Donna Marie, Rhonda, Robin & Jeff,

    Our deepest sympathy and prayers of comfort for all the family for your loss.
    Kermit was an amazing, talented and positive person always willing to help everyone when asked or needed. Cherish and hold dear the many memories you have and take comfort in knowing he is now in a better place with his Lord.

    Bill, Diana, Tyler and Devyn Etling

  • The world lost a great man.

    I was fortunate enough to meet Kermit 15-16 years ago when he gave me a try-out for his auction team. Turned out that he became my mentor and I apprenticed under him to get my auctioneer’s license. Many fond memories of the time I spent with him and the things I learned from him. He treated me about as good as anyone ever has but I don’t think I was an exception. I think Kermit treated everyone well.

    My condolences to the family and to all that loved him. He will be sorely missed.

  • Please accept our heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our prayers are with you and your family. We hope God blesses, comforts, and gives you strength during this difficult time. – Angela Woodward & Melanie Fitch – Ashland County Cancer Association

    (Matthew 5:4) “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.”
    (Psalm 34:18) “The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”