Frederick H. Sherick, 91, WWII vet, Army band trombonist, Fulton Bank retiree, farmer, pilot

By on November 9, 2016

Frederick H. Sherick, 91, of Manheim, passed away at his home after a short illness on Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016.

His wife of 69 years, Verna Rodkey Sherick, survives. Born in Washington Boro, he was the son of the late Chester D. and Grace (Frey) Sherick.

Fred graduated from Columbia High School in 1943. He entered the U.S. Army three weeks before his graduation and served in the European Theatre in the 13th Armored Division, and as a trombone player in numerous Army bands. He played in an army band near the San Francisco Bay Bridge, welcoming troops back from the Pacific after the end of the war.

He worked for Central National Bank, Columbia; and retired from Fulton Bank after 37 years of service in various roles such as teller, general ledger bookkeeper, branch manager of the Duke Street and Akron offices, purchasing and personnel managers. He graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking, Rutgers University.

Fred was an active member of the West Willow United Methodist Church, served on the Penn Manor School Board, and was school district treasurer.

He and Verna bought a farm in Willow Street, where they raised steers, corn, soybeans, and had up to 36,000 chickens at a time. He was a pilot and flew as a member of the Chiques Aero Club and the Lancaster Aero Club. After retirement, Fred built an experimental two-seater plane, a Lancair, in his basement and garage, which he flew around the region and as far as Maine. He played the trombone and baritone in the Shawnee Band, Malta Band, Sound of Roses, and Lancaster Senior Orchestra. He and Verna enjoyed traveling to Europe and around the country to visit family, friends, and attend 13th Armored Division Reunions.

Never one to sit still, he showed his children an amazing work ethic, the value of caring for one another, the importance of service to faith, family, and country, and to follow your passion.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four children: Frederick R., married to Frances (Burkhart), of Tarentum; Dean R., married to Nancy (Mow), of Alexandria, Va.; Dennis R., married to Patricia (Trimmer), of Middletown; and Vicki S., married to John Kolenik, of Bangor, Maine; seven grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his siblings: Evelyn (Sherick) Sell, of Tinton Falls, N.J.; John and wife (Etna), of Dallas, Texas; and Donald and wife (Marilyn), of Lititz. Numerous beloved nieces and nephews also survive.

He was also preceded in death by two great-grandchildren.

The family would like to express their gratitude and appreciation to Hospice and Community Care for the care and compassion given to Fred and the family during Fred’s illness.

A celebration of life was held at the West Willow United Methodist Church, Willow Street, on Nov. 2. Traditional casket burial with military honors will be held in Washington Boro. Cemetery at the convenience of the family.

Kindly omit flowers. Memorial remembrances can be made in Fred’s memory to the West Willow UMC, 118 West Willow Road, Willow Street, PA 17584.

To submit an online condolence, visit scheidfuneralhome.com. Andrew T. Scheid Funeral Home, Millersville, had charge of the arrangements.

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