Monroe L. ‘Dutch’ Gerhart, 90, WWII vet, was chief chemist at Armstrong, fan of PSU football

By on December 10, 2014

Monroe L. “Dutch” Gerhart, 90, passed away Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, at Luther Acres Manor.

He was the husband of the late Barbara Davis Gerhart who died January 6, 2009. They were married for over 58 years. Born in Ephrata, he was the son of the late Elam and Lizzie (Dinger) Gerhart.

Monroe was a 1942 graduate of Ephrata High School and a 1947 graduate of Penn State University with a B.S. in chemistry. He worked for Armstrong World Industries for 36 years in both the Lancaster and Jackson, Miss., locations, retiring as the chief chemist in 1986. He was a Philadelphia Phillies and Penn State Football fan. He enjoyed playing pinochle and bridge, cooking, gardening, and working in his yard. He also enjoyed traveling to all parts of the world and especially walking the beach at Siesta Key, Fla. However, he most enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren and family and was overcome with joy at receiving birthday cards from all his nieces, nephews, family, and friends in celebration of his 90th birthday in October.

Monroe was a US Army WWII veteran, serving as Sgt. in the Pacific Theatre. He was stationed in Okinawa and the Philippines. He was an active member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church where he served on the Benevolence Committee and ushered in his younger years.

Monroe is survived by his children: Karl, married to Virginia Kauffman Gerhart of Lititz; Charlotte, married to Roger Foster, Aston; Nancy, married to Ernie Kiser, Madison, Ala.; and Theodore Gerhart, married to Caroline “CJ” Townsend, Keller, Texas; his four grandchildren: David and Becky Gerhart and Rachel and Sarah Foster; his sisters: S. Lorraine Cassel and Mary Petticoffer, both of Manheim and sister-in-law: Arletta Gerhart, Ephrata.

He was predeceased by his siblings: Mae Weisert, Elmer Gerhart, Annabelle Brenner, and Jacob Gerhart.

Services were held Dec. 9 at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lancaster. Interment was in the St. Peter’s Lutheran Cemetery in Neffsville.

In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Monroe’s memory to the Benevolence Fund at St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10 Delp Road, Lancaster, PA, 17601.

To send an online condolence, visit Arrangements by Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz.

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