Robert Farber “Herm” Gandert

September 19, 1928 ‒ December 07, 2006

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Robert Farber “Herm” Gandert, 78, of Millsboro East Road, Mansfield, died Thursday morning December 7, 2006 in his son’s next-door home following a short illness.

He was born September 19, 1928 in Detroit, Michigan to Albert and Della Farber Gandert, he was graduated from Mansfield Senior High School.

He studied Political Science at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island and was a member of the Delta Tau Delta national fraternity.

A World War II veteran, Bob served in the United States Army before returning to Mansfield. He worked in the garage door business for nearly forty years most recently with his son Craig at Gandert Door Co.

Bob enjoyed meeting and talking with people, and was a member of many clubs and associations, most notably the Sons of Herman.

In addition to his enthusiasm for sports photography, Bob loved to play golf. He enjoyed the many friendships he made on and off the course. Bob also enjoyed watching sports particularly tennis, basketball, and football ~ and especially his grandson’s football games!

He could be seen most every weekend at the Lakewood Racquet Club, Mansfield Senior High School or anywhere sporting events were held. He was recently inducted into the Lakewood Racquet Club Hall of Fame, and in February of 2007 was to be inducted into the Mansfield Senior High School Hall of Fame.

Somewhat of a fixture at Senior High, Bob was known as the “guy with the camera,” pointing his lens not just at his kids, but at everyone’s. He donated the pictures to the athletes and his photos line the walls of Mansfield Senior’s hallways. His eagerness and photographer’s eye for action have earned him a place in the memory of Mansfield’s finest athletes.

Though his camera caught hundreds of athletes, his favorite subjects were his five grandchildren. Their activities and sporting events were his delight. At the end of the day, Herm found solace in a quiet walk on the Alpaca farm he called home.

Mr. Gandert will always be remembered for his kind-hearted concern for others and the good humor he brought to any social occasion. He often quipped, “It’s not what you know, it’s who you know”…emphasizing relationships. Bob recently understood that life’s most important relationship is with Christ.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years Sara (Scott) Gandert; his children Scott and Tamyan Gandert of Atlanta, Georgia, Craig and Annette Gandert of Mansfield, Kay Gandert of Mansfield, and Rob and Christina Gandert in Columbus; grandchildren Will Gandert, Sarah Krinsky, Mikey Gandert, Audra Gandert and Ava Gandert; a sister-in-law Carol Gandert in New Hampshire; three nieces and a nephew.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers William Farber Gandert and James Gandert.

The family will receive friends Sunday, December 10, 2006 from 2-6 pm in the Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where the funeral service will be held Monday at 10:30 am. The Rev. Timothy Armstrong will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Cemetery where the Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Detail will hold graveside military honors.

Memorial contributions to the American Cancer Society or the Mansfield Senior High Athletic Boosters.

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