On June 6, 2017, Gene Robert Sherman Sr. finally found peace after many years of pain and suffering from complications of strokes he suffered in 1999. Born January 20, 1940 in Burton, Ohio, to Robert and Alberta (Warner) Sherman, Gene was the oldest of four children. He spent his years working on cars, fishing, enjoying cold beer, and going for drives. Many of those drives involved singing old country western songs such as The Tennessee Stud and the Battle of New Orleans, completely out of tune, with the windows down, driving nowhere in particular. While he never really joined in family games, he was a wealth of useless trivia facts, and often knew the answers when the rest of us were stumped. When anyone that knew him had a car problem, Gene was the man to see. He could diagnose a vehicular problem over the phone with a minimal list of symptoms, with a superior level of accuracy.
When the grandchildren were little, you could find them sitting on the armrest of his recliner, watching cartoons, usually with a snack cake or candy in hand from Grandpa's secret stash next to his chair. Gene nicknamed everyone, human and animal alike. He had a fondness for cats and dogs, though he would never admit it. There were always one or two pets on the recliner with him if the grandkids weren't already there. No animal's name was sacred; they all were renamed. Bits, Scooby, Buddy, Whistle Dick and all the others that walked the Rainbow Bridge were waiting patiently for you Gene.
Sadly, Gene passed away on his wedding anniversary. He leaves behind his wife of 58 years, Patricia "Pat" (Wood), who stood beside him throughout all of the struggles of life and illness, for better, or for worse. She was at his side when he died in his sleep in their home.
He is survived by his sisters Louise (Ralph) Kuhmer of Parkman, OH, and Sylvia Parton of Sevierville, TN and his six children: Mitzi (John) Bogacki of Plainfield, IL, Teri (Carl) Stanley of Monroeville, PA, Gene "Bob" (Robin) Sherman Jr. Paulden, AZ, Tina Parker, Geneva, OH, Michael (Dolly) Sherman, Conneaut, OH, and Tanya (Chris) Villers, El Paso, TX. There are numerous grandchildren, and great-grandchildren who will remember him for his snack cakes, fishing trips, and general grumpiness when he couldn't hear the television, or they were too close to the log splitter, or just overall being too rambunctious. Gene was preceded in death by his parents, and his younger brother, John "Jack" Sherman.
Thank you to Hospice of Western Reserve for being there when they were needed most. Cremation services by Potti Funeral Home. There will be no funeral services at this time, but a remembrance may be held at a later date.
Published on June 7, 2017