|Birth: ||Nov. 15, 1905|
|Death: ||May 20, 1994|
From The Pierre Gerardy Family in America, by Evelyn Potter Park, 1979, p. 55:
Edward Loren Gerardy, son of Edward and Lissie (Gross) Gerardy, was born November 15, 1905, at the family home in the Forest community south of Chandler in Lincoln County, Oklahoma. Loren was married December 24, 1925, at the Methodist Church in Tecumseh, Oklahoma, to Thelma Miller. Thelma and Loren both graduated ' from Chandler High School and Loren attended Hills Business College in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Loren worked as a manager of a grocery store, service station, and for the Soil Conservation Service before returning to the Gerardy farm in the Kickapoo community near Midlothian in 1937. In 1947 they moved to their present home in Chandler at 320 W. 7th St. service station and to the Gerardy farm In 1947 they moved to Chandler. For the next fifteen years he was employed by the Potter Oil Co., and after that he was a Building Engineer at the Oklahoma State Capitol in Oklahoma City where he worked until he retired.
On December 24, 1975, they were privileged to celebrate their Golden Wedding and were honored at a family dinner in Oklahoma City hosted by their son and daughter and their families.
They [were] members of the First United Methodist Church at Chandler. They [were] also active members of the Democratic party.
From Loren's obituary:
Age 88. Chandler, OK. Son of Edward Gerardy and Lissie Gross. Preceded in death by his parents, two sisters, and an infant daughter. Survivors include his wife Thelma (Miller) Gerardy, of the home; one son, Miller Gerardy, Oklahoma City; one daughter, Lenore Coble, Presho, SD; one sister, Christel Brown, Oklahoma City; six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
From the eulogy by his granddaughter, Lori Coble:
Grandpa was born in 1905 and saw many changes take place over his lifetime. He loved to talk about his childhood years on his parent's farm in the Forest Community south and west of Chandler. He told of many interesting incidents that happened over those years. He remembered watching the Kickapoo reservation Indians passing by their house on the way to the Sac and Fox Indian Agency at Stroud for their government allotments. One of his favorite places to play was a canyon on the farm. He talked about working in the fields with a team of horses—he was awestruck when looking at pictures of the modem machinery that is used now. But even with all the of advances in technology, perhaps there was something learned through some of his experiences that our generation will never know in our "hurry up" world now.
Grandpa always had a calm and gentle manner—probably a reflection of his younger days. of growing up with a peaceful country life with the Church the center of community and family activity, complete with big outdoor picnics and barbeques, fellowship, and relaxation. Revivals were a regular activity and were well attended by everyone around. Grandpa told of people being baptized in a nearby pond and he vividly recalled the day he was baptized in that little pond close to the church when he was about 8 or 9 years old. He led singing in the little Methodist Church at Midlothian and was the Sunday School Superintendent. Grandpa continued to walk with the Lord throughout his life arid had expressed his faith in Jesus Christ as his Lord and Saviour. Mom [Lenore (Gerardy) Coble] said that his last and only verbal response in his final hours was when she asked "You know Jesus is here with you, don't you Daddy?" And he responded with a "Hm-huh."
Grandpa was a happy person often whistling or singing a tune. Mom can still hear him singing some of his favorites, like "If you knew Susie", "I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles", and "Peggy O'Neil" as he worked in his shop out on the Kickapoo farm.
Grandpa truly enjoyed his grandchildren and his great-grandchildren. I remember when there were only two of us grandchildren—my sister and I—one for each knee. I wondered what was going to happen when others began to come along. But Grandpa was blessed with a great big heart and his love and affection were plentiful enough for us all to share and no one ever felt left out. His generous love for us was reflected in the way we all loved him back. We remember so many happy times with Grandpa. The "T-Tomile" tickles and getting our ribs counted soon after our arrival at their house, but only after checking out his shirt pockets for bubble gum or candy! Yes, when the grandchildren arrived, the house normally got quite wild with all of his teasing and tickling. He even had plenty of energy leftover to tease and taunt Grandma a little to make us giggle even more!
Other fond memories come to our minds as we think about Grandpa—the many car rides, looking for lightning bugs in the yard at night, going for ice cream cones and snow cones, laying on the couch often watching the Dallas Cowboys, and of course, sitting in the porch swing that he built when he was 16 years old. I know he will still be swinging with us in spirit each time we sit in that same ole' swing.
Grandpa took great pride in keeping his yard and garden looking beautiful, always keeping the hedges, bushes, and grass trimmed just right. He loved his yard work but he took time from his lawn mowing to give the grandkids rides in the little garden cart he pulled behind the mower. Grandpa seemed to enjoy it as much as the grandkids did!
Perhaps his pleasurable task in the heavenly realm will be caretaking in the garden of God. We all miss him dearly but we know he is happy there in that beautiful place that Jesus has prepared for him for eternity. We all look forward to greeting him there in that garden some day.
Edward Gerardy (1865 - 1942)
Lissie Drusilla Gross Gerardy (1870 - 1960)
Thelma Miller Gerardy (1906 - 2002)*
Doris Lorene Gerardy (1931 - 1931)*
Lenore Gerardy Coble (1933 - ____)*
Grace Clementine Gerardy Potter (1891 - 1966)*
Pearlie Christine Gerardy (1897 - 1899)*
Myrtle Lena Gerardy Pinkston (1899 - 1984)*
Golda May Gerardy (1903 - 1911)*
Edward Loren Gerardy (1905 - 1994)
Lissie Christel Gerardy Brown (1909 - 1999)*
Pleasant Ridge Cemetery
Maintained by: Darrell Brown
Originally Created by: Janey Clark
Record added: Sep 19, 2007
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