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Jeffrey “Jeff” L. Gerst

Jeffrey “Jeff” L. Gerst, age 65, of Caldwell, Ohio, passed away Sunday, June 12, 2022 at the Altercare Summit Acres Skilled Nursing and Rehab in Caldwell. He was born November 11, 1956 in Zanesville, Ohio, a son of the late Donald Joseph and Coralou Starr Gerst.

He was a 1975 graduate of the Caldwell High School. He eventually retired in 2021 from the Sharon Stone Slag Plant following 30 plus years of service. He was an avid farmer and enjoyed spending time with his grandson and fishing with him.

In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by a sister-in-law, Tammy Gerst.

Those left to cherish his memory are his son Jesse J. (Paula M. Church) Gerst of Caldwell; grandson Henry U. Gerst; siblings Paul Gerst, Phoebe Gerst, Gerald (Christine) Gerst, Joyce (Jerry) Mosser all of Caldwell, and Edward Gerst of Summerfield, Ohio. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and friends.

Cremation will be observed with no additional services held at this time. Chandler Funeral Home & Cremation Service, 609 West Street, Caldwell, OH 43724 has been entrusted to care for the family. Please join us in remembering Jeff by visiting his memorial at


  1. Larry Gerst on June 14, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Spent a lot of good years as next door neighbors. Many good times. Put up hay together also, until I became a town dweller. Many good conversations over the years. Sure will miss you and those days. Rest In Peace!

  2. Mya (Schott) Pope on June 14, 2022 at 11:39 pm

    I’m so very sorry for your loss. Jeff was our neighbor on Davis Ridge as I was growing up and for whatever reason I always called him “Cornpants”. I have so many great childhood memories with him as our neighbor (and Jesse my friend). One of the best was seeing him drive by on a tractor and always smiling and waving. Another was when he accidentally started a fire in a field (some things you will never forget). He also saved some baby squirrels and raised them- even building them a cage.
    I saw Jeff a few years ago at Marathon and yelled out “Heyyy Cornpants!!” which made us laugh.
    Sending love and my deepest condolences.

  3. Diana Lawrence on June 15, 2022 at 11:16 pm

    Jesse, My sympathy to you and family. Your dad was a nice guy. May your memories bring you peace and love.❤️❤️

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