Richard L. “Rich” Gerhold, (PPA #375)

Richard L. “Rich” Gerhold, age 62, of Pickerington, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday February 17, 2009 at his residence.

Born August 14, 1946 in Fremont, Oh., he was a 1965 graduate of Groveport High School and attended Ohio University. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps, and was a former deputy for the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department. He was a retired Learjet Pilot and former flight instructor, was an accomplished painter of aviation, and was an avid motorcyclist.

Survived by his wife of 40 years, Cheryl Gerhold; son, Rich (Fariaty) Gerhold, Columbus; parents, Melvin and Catherine Gerhold, Groveport; sisters, Peg Herdman, Groveport, Valerie Gerhold, Virginia, June Gerhold, Groveport; brothers, Mike (Terri) Gerhold, Florida, Jim (Peggy) Gerhold, Lancaster; father- and mother-in-law, Jim and Mary Webb, Canal Winchester; many nieces, nephews, and other extended family and friends.

Friends may visit 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday at Groveport Zion Lutheran Church, 6014 Groveport Road, Groveport, where a memorial service will follow at 1 p.m. with Pastor Robert Spicer, officiating. Friends who wish may donate to the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, 5008 Pine Creek Dr., Suite A, Westerville, Oh. 43081 in Rich’s memory.

Arrangements by DWAYNE R. SPENCE FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORY, Pickerington. Online condolences at