Gary H. Derr

Born: Thu., Oct. 18, 1928
Died: Tue., Sep. 29, 2020

Funeral Service

Sat., Oct. 03, 2020
Location: Jersey Shore Cemetery

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Gary H. Derr

Lock Haven Business Owner

Gary H. Derr, of Lock Haven, passed away on September 29, 2020.

Born on October 18, 1928, Gary graduated from Jersey Shore High School in 1946 and Lycoming College in 1950.  After serving in the Marine Corps at Camp Lejeune, NC from 1950-53 and attaining the rank of Sergeant, Gary returned to the Lock Haven area and established Derr’s Stationery in 1953 which he owned and operated until retiring in 1993.  Gary was a Mason and was also active in the Lock Haven Community Chorus.

Gary is survived by his wife, Dolores (Fleisher).  They were married on November 27, 1952 in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Jersey Shore and shared 67 years of marriage.  Gary is also survived by four children:  Gregory (Karen) of Camp Hill, PA; David (Ellen) of Lansdale, PA; Melissa Miller (Robert) of Mill Hall, PA and Amy VanHorn (James) of Elizabethtown, PA.  Gary is also survived by eight grandchildren:  Brandon Derr, Ashley (Jose) Garcia, Courtney Derr, Brian Derr, Kyle (Tara) Miller, Chelsea Miller, Michael VanHorn and Erin VanHorn as well as one great-grandson, Cayde McCloskey.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 pm on Saturday, October 3, 2020 at Jersey Shore Cemetery.  Officiating will be Karl W. Runser of United Evangelical Lutheran Church of Lock Haven followed by the Jersey Shore American Legion Honor Guard.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the Ross Library 232 W. Main St., Lock Haven or the Clinton County S.P.C.A. , 33 Mill Hill Road, Lock Haven, PA 17745

Arrangements are under the direction of the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home & Cremation Services, LLC, 121 W. Main St., Lock Haven.   Online thoughts and memories can be made at or the Yost-Gedon Funeral Home Face book page.

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Dave Orr
   Posted Wed September 30, 2020
First and foremost I want to express my condolences to Mr. Derr’s family.
It was just yesterday a co-worker and I were talking about the old Lock Haven and the stores. He mentioned Derr’s Stationary, I too had memories of going into the store with my mom. Seemed that Derr’s had anything needed from cards to paper products, in fact I think a trip to town always included a stop at Derr’s. Mr. Derr was always friendly and eager to help with what you needed.
While in our conversation of the memory of the store, I wondered if Mr. Derr was still living, my co-worker didn’t know and in fact knew his one daughter but hadn’t seen her for sometime either.
Again my condolences to his family, just wanted to share, what I call, a Godwink.

Fran Decker
   Posted Wed October 07, 2020
I have fond memories of shopping at Derr's Stationery Store in downtown Lock Haven. Mr. Derr was always friendly and helpful and also had a good sense of humor. I was able to see him just a few times after he moved to Rose View Court in Williamsport and it was clear even then that he had a deep love for Lock Haven. I am sure he positively impacted many others as well.

Roberta Doyle
   Posted Thu October 08, 2020
I have such great memories of Derr's Stationery Store. To this day I love pens and paper. I was fortunate to know Dolly through Senior Circle and to play Bridge with her. My condolences go out to her and her family.

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