John Andrew Gerber

February 23, 1940February 21, 2021

John Andrew Gerber passed peacefully on February 21, 2021 after a short illness. He is survived by his wife of over 58 loving years Donna Gerber; his sons David Gerber (Cazenovia, NY) and Mathew Gerber (Newbury Ohio), his daughters in law Sharon Gerber and Jennifer Gerber; his brother Carl Gerber (Oberlin, OH) and his grandchildren Kaitlyn Gerber (Arlington, VA) and Ross Gerber (Washington DC). John is predeceased by his parents Andrew and Mary Gerber and his daughter Elizabeth Gerber.

A life-long Ohioan, John grew up in Cleveland graduating from John Marshall High School and from Oberlin College with a degree in Chemistry in 1961. It was at Oberlin where John met Donna who he married on August 18, 1962. Upon graduating from Oberlin, John joined the Harshaw Chemical Company as a chemist in the instrumental analytical research laboratory. John went on to a long and successful career with Harshaw and its successor companies serving in a range of positions as a technical services director, an environmental manager, divisional business manager, US-wide industrial chemical sales representative, and plant manager for over 30 years before his retirement in the early 1990s. Along the way, John obtained an executive leadership degree from John Carrol University.

John was a patriotic man who loved his country and believed in service. Early in retirement John drove for Geauga Transit for over ten years. He was a past president of the Cleveland Chemical Society and a Board Member of the Metzenbaum School. John was a deeply faithful man whose belief in God sustained, challenged, and nurtured him throughout his life. He and Donna have been active members of the Trinity and Mayfield United Methodist Churches for the past 52 years. Over the years, John served the Church as a Trustee, the Finance Committee Chairman, with the Men’s Ministry Homeless Outreach Team, with the Western Reserve District Emergency Response Team, and as a friendly greeter on Sunday mornings to all.

John loved his rural home in Newbury for 50 years that included robust gardens, and assortment of animals including horses (despite John’s hay fever), many home improvements projects, and a constant yard battle with moles. John also loved to travel especially to the America West and his overseas trips for business and leisure including trips to visit family in England and Wales. John provided his family with vacations every summer to Cayuga Lake in the New York Finger Lakes region which led to the purchase of his beloved Lake House in 1986. John enjoyed spending summer days driving his boat for friends and family and congregating with love and fellowship for evening happy hours, warm sunsets, and beach campfires. He was a good man. A straight shooter with a strong work ethic and moral compass who was fun to be around and loved by many. He will be missed.

A memorial service celebrating the life of John A. Gerber will be held at the Mayfield United Methodist Church (7747 Mayfield Road, Chesterland, OH 44026) on Saturday, March 6 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in John’s name to the Mayfield Church.


6 March

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Mayfield United Methodist Church

7747 Mayfield Road


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Jim Bezdek

February 26, 2021

It certainly was a shock to hear of John’s recent passing. Cindy and I have many good memories of John. We will certainly miss his Sunday morning greeting at the church door each week, always with a pleasant smile and hearty handshake.
We send our sympathies to Donna and the entire family. We are thinking of all of you and will hold you in our prayers.
Jim& Cindy Bezdek

Julie Guthrie Brilla

February 25, 2021

My deepest condolences on the passing of Mr. Gerber. I will always remember him having a friendly smile at church helping out wherever he was needed. He will be missed by all.
Julie Guthrie Brilla

Rebecca Fort

February 25, 2021

It was always good to see his friendly face and smile at church. Thoughts and prayers for Donna and family at this time of great loss.

Alan Lupas

February 25, 2021

I met John several years ago through his wife Donna who sang in the choir with me at Mayfield United Methodist. John was a wonderful guy who always supported our choir at worship services. He was always kind and gentle too. Seemed very approachable. Will miss him a lot. Prayers for Donna and their whole family for the Lord to ease their grief and give them comfort and peace in this very difficult time.

Cheryl Haws

February 24, 2021

My deepest condolences to John's family. John was my first boss at Saint-Gobain and I have many fond memories of my time working with him. He will be greatly missed.

David Krus

February 24, 2021

I had the honor and pleasure of working with John for several years at "Harshaw." John was an honest man, a straight-shooter, I continued to know his friendship as part of the Harshaw Alumni (Gang) after I retired. He will certainly be missed. Prayers and thoughts. May he rest in a deserved peace.

Hilde Kobetitsch

February 24, 2021

I had the pleasure of working with John. He was the kindest and sincere person ever. I will always remember John . When i moved to my condo,John gave 5 plants of lily of the valley. I enjoy them so much. My deepest sympathy to the Family. May John rest in peace til we meet again in heaven. He was truly a wonderful person. Farewell to a wonderful Harshaw friend.

Dick Garner

February 24, 2021

Our sincere sympathy to Donna, Mathew and David and all of the family!
What a guy to remember in so many good ways! Betsy and I will miss him tremendously. Donna, you were his great partner who he adored. Please know God is holding you close now and always will. John will look down on you every moment.
In Christ's love,
Betsy and Dick