Obituaries

Russ Gerhard

Lois L. Yost of Kennett Square

Lois Lamborn Scott was born March 19, 1926, in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, and passed to her rest Aug. 5, 2012, in Augusta, Ga.

She was the daughter of Philip Chambers Scott and Mary Whilden, who resided at the time at 233 Center St.

Lois received her elementary and secondary education at the new Kennett Square Consolidates School, completing high school in 1944, and her B.A. degree from Emmanuel Missionary College in Berrien Springs, Michigan.

Lois married F. Donald Yost on July 10, 1949, and they began service for the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two children were born to them, Robert in 1952 and Patricia in 1955. Before retirement Lois taught in Adventist schools in Michigan, Maryland, New York, California and Tennessee, and was recognized as an exceptionally gifted teacher.

Lois leaves to mourn: her husband of 63 years, F. Donald Yost; two children, Robert Scott Yost of Palmdale, California, and Patricia Lynn Reimche of Martinez, Georgia; five grandsons, David Christopher Reimche, Michael Scott Reimche, Stephen Alexander Reimche, Jonathan Colin Yost, and Benjamin Foster Yost; and a brother, Philip Carlisle Scott.

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O. Russell Gerhard of Landenberg

O. Russell Gerhard (Russ), 80, of Landenberg died on Monday, Aug. 13, 2012, in the comfort of his home with his devoted wife of 53 years, Carole Funk Gerhard, by his side.

Russ was born on Dec. 11, 1931 to the late Oran Russell and Dora Sanner Gerhard of Forest Hills, Pa.

He graduated from Bridgewater College of Virginia in 1958.

After working for the college for a year, Russ married his college sweetheart, Carole in August of 1959. They moved to Pennsylvania for Russ to attend the University of Pennsylvania, where he obtained his master’s degree in social work in 1961. In 1963, they bought an old stone farmhouse in Landenberg that Russ fully restored and maintained until his passing.

Russ spent his professional life dedicated to serving others first as a counselor for the Family Court of the State of Delaware and then as the director of the Division of Probation and Parole in the state of Delaware. He worked as a psychiatric social worker for the Veterans Hospital in Coatesville, until his retirement in 1992.

Russ’s first priority was his family. He was an avid fisherman, woodworker and philosopher who loved to travel especially if the road trip was to Alaska. He read and reread all of the books Joseph Campbell published in his lifetime. You could sum up Russ as, “Funny, smart and fun.” His retort, “You forgot cute.”

In addition to his wife, Carole, Russ is survived by his son and best friend, Jacob Russell, and daughter in-law, Janet Marie, two grandchildren he doted on, James Russell and Caroline Marie Gerhard of Lansdowne, as well as his younger brother and sister-in-law, James and Shauneen Gerhard of Buxton, N.C.

A viewing was held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday evening, Aug. 16, 2012 at the Kuzo & Grieco Funeral Home, 250 W. State St., Kennett Square.

A memorial service was held at 11 a.m. Friday morning, Aug. 17, at the Hockessin United Methodist Church in Hockessin, Del., where Russ was a member for more than 40 years.

Burial will be in Singers Glen, Va.

In lieu of flowers the family kindly requests a donation to Willow Tree Hospice of Kennett Square, PA 19348, at 610.444.8733, that provided dignity and grace in his final days, or the Joseph Campbell Foundation http://www.jcf.org which was a compass in this hero’s journey. Follow your bliss.