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Jerry Lee Herbert

July 21, 1942 - January 19, 2022
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Jerry Lee Herbert, 79, of New Philadelphia, died January 19, 2022 in the Community Hospice Truman House while receiving hugs from his family, following a long journey with cancer.

He was born on July 21, 1942, in Columbus to Harold Bernard and Thelma Maude (Gooding) Herbert. Jerry graduated from Gnadenhutten High Sc…

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Jerry Lee Herbert, 79, of New Philadelphia, died January 19, 2022 in the Community Hospice Truman House while receiving hugs from his family, following a long journey with cancer.

He was born on July 21, 1942, in Columbus to Harold Bernard and Thelma Maude (Gooding) Herbert. Jerry graduated from Gnadenhutten High School in 1960, attended The Ohio State University from 1960-63, then joined the United States Army Security Agency as a SP5 Analyst stationed in Bad Aibling, Germany. He served in the military from 1964 – 68.

Jerry worked in management with Montgomery Ward for 13 years. He recently stated that “his life began” the day he met his Canadian bride, the former M. Ellen McCracken, while enjoying an evening out in Michigan. They were wed on June 30, 1972, and lived out their wedding vows for nearly 50 years, providing a tremendous example to their children and grandchildren.

After his service to Montgomery Ward, he continued his professional career as the VP of Manufacturing for Tastee Apple in Newcomerstown. His career with the company totaled 35 years until he retired at the age of 75.

Most importantly, Jerry was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, who treasured time spent with his family and attending the activities of his grandchildren. He was consistent, present, reliable, loyal, and loving. He was the true definition of “A Family Man”.

For many years, he and Ellen loved to vacation in Glen Arbor, Michigan with family. There, they enjoyed two weeks every summer of making memories with their family. The time together included hiking, kayaking, photo shoots, bike riding and pontoon boat outings.

Dedicated to his love for photography and nature, he took pride in the role as teacher to his children, sharing these passions that inspired his son and daughter to follow in his footsteps. For a number of years, Jerry traveled to the U.S. Air Force Museum in Dayton where he spent countless hours capturing fascinating photographs, many which were used in the museum’s publications.

In addition to his wife, those left to cherish his memory include his dear children, Becky (Eric) Cheney of Dayton and their children Austin and Aaron, and Bob (Stephanie) Herbert of Lewis Center and their children Sophie and Reese; his siblings, Tom Herbert of San Jose, CA, and Patricia Stratton of Gnadenhutten; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Sharon (Carmen) Hewitt of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario and Tom (MaryLee) McCracken of Burlington, Ontario; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Jerry was preceded in death by his brother-in-law, Paul Stratton.

Visitation will be held in the Otterbein United Methodist Church at New Philadelphia on Monday, January 24, 2022 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Pastor Jon Long will lead a service honoring Jerry’s life in the church beginning at 11:30 a.m. Cremation care will follow and an inurnment of Jerry’s remains will take place at a later date in Gnadenhutten Cemetery, on the site of his childhood home that was raised several years ago.

Memorial contributions in Jerry’s memory may be directed to either Otterbein United Methodist Church, 156 Beaver Ave NE, New Philadelphia, OH 44663 or Community Hospice, 716 Commercial Ave SW, New Philadelphia


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Visitation Information

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 10:00 am

End Time: 11:30 am

Otterbein United Methodist Church


156 Beaver Ave NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Service Information

Date: Monday, January 24, 2022

Time: 11:30 am

Otterbein United Methodist Church


156 Beaver Ave NE, NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH, 44663

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Community Hospice

716 Commercial Ave. SW
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663
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Otterbein United Methodist Church

156 Beaver Avenue NE
New Philadelphia, Ohio 44663

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Geib Funeral Home & Crematory

On behalf of the Geib Family and Staff, we offer our most sincere sympathy for your loss. We are honored to have been called upon to serve your family.


Dave and Ruth Meese posted on 1/25/22

To Jerry's family: I only got to meet Jerry one time, in February of 2020 at our Prostate Cancer Support Group. He a very nice gentleman, and I'm sorry I didn't get to know him better. We stopped having our meetings because of the Covid situation and haven't met since then. You have my deepest sympathy in your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. God Bless.


Bev and Kas Kaswinkel posted on 1/24/22

Ellen and Family ----- Our Deepest Sympathy to all, Ellen we passed the church and saw all the cars and thought something must be going on - checked the site and saw that Jerry passed on to behold his Savior ----- You and your family will be in our prayers to get you all thru this difficult time in all your lives - It was a pleasure to have worshiped with you folks over the years ----- Be Blessed in the days ahead - If you need anything feel free to contact us - Kas and Bev


Don & Patty Hamilton posted on 1/24/22

Pat, Tom and family We was so sorry to read of Jerry's passing, Many good memories of our younger years growing up with Jerry, Always admired his photography work, still have some of his work. Please accept our deepest sympathy and know many share the pain of your loss.


Richard Seidel & Donna posted on 1/24/22

Praying for all our Herbert cousins condolences for the loss of Jerry


Bob & Marilyne Stewart posted on 1/23/22

Ellen & family, although no words can heal your broken heart, may the love of family & friends bring some comfort. We send our sincere sympathy to you and your family. With love & ((Hugs)), Bob & Marilyne Stewart, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario


Cheryl J Skinner Tri-State Military Museum posted on 1/22/22

May the love of God surround you and your family during this difficult time, May you come to know that the love of God is with you always, May your memories of Jerry Lee Herbert, give you peace, comfort and strength… Rest now in the arms of our Lord your mission on earth is complete. I thank you for your service to our Country and my Freedom. You will not be forgotten. My thoughts and prayers to the family of …. US Army Veteran, Jerry Lee Herbert, is “A True American Hero” God Bless† † Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John 15:13 †


Kelly mullett posted on 1/21/22

Worked with Jerry for 29 years. Always was nice to me and he will be missed. R.i.p. Jerry. A great guy.


Pat Lindon Heavlin posted on 1/21/22

Dear Pat and family, I am so sorry for the loss of one you so loved. May God Bless you all and give you the strength you so need at a time like this and the peace of memories to hug you as you grieve.


CJ Shamp posted on 1/21/22

So sorry to hear this. Our prayers are with you and your family. I will miss Jerry posting photos of everything but especially the the Air Force and the Eagles.


Charlotte Schreiner Wright posted on 1/21/22

I am sending my deepest sympathy to Jerry's family. I went to school with Jerry. He graduated a year before me. Then in summer of 2006 I worked in the office for Tastee Apple and saw Jerry every day. Got to talk about school days at Gnadenhutten. I am so sorry for your loss.


Brenda Henning posted on 1/21/22

Ellen….so sorry to hear of Jerry’s passing. I immediately found myself remembering the fun times we enjoyed with our group of young families at the Nazarene Church. Those years were very special. So sorry for your loss….Brenda Henning


Marjorie Chidley posted on 1/21/22

Phil just let us know and we are so sorry to hear that we had lost Jerry. He was such a joy and always had a memorable smile to share. I offer our sympathy to his family. Judy and I will always recall our "cousin" time with him,Tom and Patty when we were kids--and our time at the Gooding reunions. Love and deepest sympathy to you, Marge & John Cihidley


Jo Ann DuVall posted on 1/21/22

I will miss Jerry and his beautiful photos and the happiness it brought to al that were lucky enough to see his works. God Speed


Lynda Greco posted on 1/21/22

With Deepest Sympathy.


Judy Gooding Seubert posted on 1/21/22

Dear Ellen and Family, I am deeply saddened to learn of Jerry's passing. As cousins, Jerry and I grew up together in Gnaden. We were in the same grade in school, graduating along with Virginia Fouts. Jerry always had a twinkle in his eye, a ready smile, and a pithy comment. We had lost touch since I moved so far away, but we kept track of your all via my Mom and brothers who attended all the Gooding reunions. Jim and I send our condolences to you, your kids, Tom, Patty, and all the family. Jerry was one of a kind.


Rhonda (Carroll) Simon posted on 1/20/22

Ellen and family, I’m so sorry for your loss. “Herbie” was one of the gang back in the day. We had a lot of fun one Labor Day weekend in Michigan. And a lot of laughs here in T county! Great memories. You have my deepest sympathy.


Rob Hill posted on 1/20/22

Ellen, Becky and Bob, Beth and I are so sorry to hear of Jerry's passing I truly enjoyed working with Jerry for 30 plus years. Always enjoyed his photography and the stories of vacations and trips with family, kids and grandkids. Prayers and strength be with you during the days ahead. God Bless.


Bill and Sharon Herbert posted on 1/20/22

Ellen and family We are deeply saddened to hear of Jerry’s passing. As cousins, we have been separated by distance and time but I’ve always appreciated and enjoyed following Jerry’s family posts and exceptional photography. Please know that you have our deepest sympathy and prayers.


Jeanie James posted on 1/20/22

Ellen and family, So sorry for your loss of Jerry. What a great guy! Loved spending time with his parents over the years and getting to know you.. We always enjoyed your company. Please accept my sincere sympathy.


Jane and Larry Sloan posted on 1/20/22

Ellen,Becky and Bob we are so sorry for your loss. Jerry was a great man and friend. Many happy memories with you and Jerry. Prayers for you


Virginia Alabbasi posted on 1/20/22

My deepest condolences to the family. I graduated with Jerry in 1960 and have enjoyed reconnecting with him on Facebook and seeing his beautiful photos of nature, the Air Force Museum, and family trips. Virginia (Fouts) Alabbasi


Melody Pappas [email protected] posted on 1/20/22

Worked with Jerry at taster. So sorry for your loss!!