Jack S. Gerhart, 88, Lancaster, former VP of Lancaster Newspapers, antiques dealer

By on August 27, 2014

Jack S. Gerhart, of Lancaster, died Aug. 19, 2014 at Hospice & Community Care.

He was 88 years of age, the son of Sherman N. Gerhart and Catherine Scherer Gerhart. He and his wife, Bernice Krentz Gerhart, celebrated 66 years of marriage this past year.

Surviving is one son: James M. Gerhart and wife Nancy F. of Lancaster; and two daughters: Margaret L. Gerhart of Lititz and Kathryn A. Gerhart, wife of George J. Essif, of Lancaster. Also surviving are five grand-daughters; Becky L. Gerhart, Columbus, Ohio; Jamie L. , wife of Travis Williams, Baltimore, Md.; Megan L. McDonald, Lancaster; Keely M. McDonald, Paris, France; and Darcy L. McDonald, Baltimore, Md.

He was preceded in death by a brother: Sherman L. Gerhart; and a sister: Minerva U. Neiss

Jack served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-1946 on a destroyer and mine-sweeper in both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans.

He retired from Lancaster Newspapers in 1990 as vice president and secretary and member of the board of directors. His responsibilities included, Steinman Holdings, Inc., Lancaster Farming, Inc., Lancaster County Weeklies, Inc., Intelligencer Printing Co., Delmarva Broadcasting Co., and Steinman Park Restaurant, Inc. He also served as president and CEO of the Steinman Management Co. and trustee of J. F. Steinman and James Hale Steinman Foundation.

He was a graduate of J.P. McCaskey High School and Lancaster Business College. He was a member of Christ Lutheran Church and past council member. He was a member of Conestoga Country Club and past member of the Hamilton Club, Sertoma Club and served on the board of directors of the Long’s Park Amphitheater Foundation. He was past treasurer of the Lancaster Chamber of Commerce, past treasurer of the American Red Cross, Lancaster Chapter, and past member of the board of directors of Lancaster Meals On Wheels. Also, he was past president of Lancaster Chapter of Institute of Management Accountants, member of the board of directors of Institute of Newspaper Controllers and the Pennsylvania Economy League.

Jack and his wife were in the antique business for 20 years under the name The Country Look. He was a long-time supporter of Lancaster Farmland Trust and its preservation of our beautiful Lancaster County farms.

Services were held Aug. 23 at Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster. Interment was private and held at the convenience of the family in the Millersville Mennonite Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Lancaster Farmland Trust, 125 Lancaster Ave., Strasburg, PA 17579.

Arrangements were entrusted to Kearney A. Snyder Funeral Home, Lancaster. Online condolences may be offered at kasnyderfuneralhome.com.

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