LeRoy Richmond "Bud" "Roy" Gerhard
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AGE: 93 •
Son of LeRoy Kitts Gerhard and Mary (Richmond) Gerhard, born Sept. 12, 1920, passed from this life on Dec. 8, 2013 at age 93. Attending public schools in Philadelphia until the age of 13, LeRoy was a 1938 graduate of the Milton S. Hershey School for Boys. Upon graduation, he enlisted into the U.S. Navy where he served and fought in the North Atlantic during WWII. Further naval exploits included travel to China and exploration to the South Pole with Admiral Richard E. Byrd. LeRoy also taught at the Bainbridge Naval Training Center, achieving the rank of Lieutenant J.G. He was recalled to service during the Korean conflict. LeRoy attended Temple University earning a degree in electronics which allowed him to begin a career at the "Tidewater" (Getty) Oil Refinery near Delaware City, DE. As a member of IBEW Local 313, he retired from the refinery after about 28 years of service. LeRoy was also very active as a leader in the Boy Scouts of America, serving scout troops in Darby, PA; New Castle, DE; and Red Lion, DE. His favorite hobbies included gardening and most especially during his retirement, genealogy.
LeRoy was preceded in death by his infant son, David, and his wife of 64 years, Blanche S. Gerhard. He is survived by three children, daughter, Virginia Hastings (Richard); sons, Wayne Gerhard (Karen), and Ross Gerhard (Lisa). Grandchildren include, Mark Hastings (Kathleen), Roger Hastings (Michele), Brandon Prang (Patti), Hailee Gerhard, Zachary Gerhard, and Sydnee Gerhard; six great-grandchildren include, Matthew Hastings, Rene Hastings, Lianne Hastings, Karlene Hastings, Brandon Prang Jr., and Colton Prang. He is also survived by a multitude of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
A burial service for LeRoy will be held at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Rd., Bear, DE on Aug. 11, 2014 at 11 a.m., followed by a memorial service celebrating his life at Cornerstone Methodist Church, 3135 Summit Bridge Rd., (Rte. 896), Bear, DE at 12 noon.
Published in The News Journal from Aug. 7 to Aug. 8, 2014