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Richard D. Gerst

March 10, 1964 July 10, 2018
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Richard D. Gerst, age 54, of Four Oaks, North Carolina, formerly of Caldwell, Ohio, died Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at his home. He was born March 10, 1964, in Zanesville, Ohio, son of Dennis F. and Elaine Marie Urdak Gerst of Caldwell. He was a 1982 graduate of Caldwell High School, where he played football, basketball, and baseball, and he attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He was General Manager for Showcase Restoration in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and he formerly owned and operated a Stanley Steemer franchise, having worked as a general manager for the Stanley Steemer Corporation for over 20 years. Rick attended St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Clayton, North Carolina. He was a former member of the Bass Masters Club, and he was an avid Ohio State Buckeyes and Cleveland Browns fan. He loved fishing, golfing, and hunting, and he was devoted to his family. He loved being a grandpa.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Karen Lynn Hillyer Gerst, whom he married July 19, 1991; one daughter, Amber Elaine (Anthony) Monsegur of Holly Ridge, North Carolina; his siblings, Carol Elaine Schmidt of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Mark Anthony (Theresa) Gerst of Hummelstown, Pennsylvania; two grandsons, Parker Franco and Jordan Philip Dennis Monsegur; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Friends may call Friday, July 13, 2018, from 4-7PM at McVay-Perkins Funeral Home, 416 East Street in Caldwell, where a Christian Scripture Service will conclude visitation at 7PM. Funeral Liturgy with Mass will be observed Saturday, July 14th at 10AM at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Caldwell with Rev. Fr. Wayne Morris as celebrant. Burial will follow at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Duke Career Institute – Office of Development, 710 W. Main Street, Suite 200, Durham, North Carolina, 27701. Please designate the contribution to the DRAH DCI Fund.
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4:00 PM 7/13/2018 4:00:00 PM - 7:00 PM 7/13/2018 7:00:00 PM
McVay-Perkins Funeral Home

416 East Street
PO Box 263
Caldwell, OH 43724

McVay-Perkins Funeral Home
416 East Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States





10:00 AM 7/14/2018 10:00:00 AM
St. Stephen Catholic Church

1036 Belford Street
Caldwell, OH 43724

St. Stephen Catholic Church
1036 Belford Street Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Cemetery Details


Mt. Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

101 Jefferson Drive
Caldwell, OH 43724

101 Jefferson Drive Caldwell 43724 OH
United States

Memorial Contribution

Duke Cancer Institute - Office of Development: DRAH DCI Fund

710 W. Main Street - Suite 200
Durham, NC 27701

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