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Herman Otis Gerlach


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Herman Otis Gerlach Obituary
Mr. Herman Otis Gerlach, age 77, of Holly Grove, formerly of Forrest City, died at the BHMC Stuttgart Hospital Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017, after a long illness.
Born Nov. 23, 1940, in Blackton, he was the son of Herman Lester "Buddy" Gerlach and Reba G. Walker Gerlach. He was a retired electrical engineer for Sanyo Manufacturing Corporation, Brinkley Motors and Helena Marine Service.
Herman loved his family above all else and was always known to help anyone at a moment's notice. He had more friends than he could count and enjoyed hunting and fishing with many of them.
He was preceded in death by his parents; a daughter, Cynthia Marlene Gerlach; and a brother, Herman "Lynn" Gerlach.
Mr. Gerlach is survived by his wife, Barbara, of the home; three daughters, Nena Smart, of West Helena, Jennifer Gerlach and her husband Dwayne Hill, of Proctor and DeShawn "Shawnie" Carrier and her husband Lance, of Jonesboro; three brothers, Robert "Smiley" Gerlach, Tommy Gerlach and his wife Leeann, both of Holly Grove and Roy "Buddy" Norris, of Clarendon; two sisters, Peggy Whiteside and Kay Gerlach Vest, both of Clarendon; and seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Visitation with the family will be Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Morgan Chapel in Forrest City. Funeral services for Mr. Gerlach will be Friday, Dec. 15, 2017, at 2 p.m., at the Believer's Fellowship Church, in Holly Grove, with Br. Jerry Hopper officiating. Burial will follow at Franks Cemetery in Holly Grove.
Arrangements will be provided by Morgan Funeral Home of Forrest City.
Published in Times-Herald on Dec. 13, 2017
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