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Gerhardt F. "Gerry" Schenck

Gerhardt F. "Gerry" Schenck
  • December 8, 1929 - May 21, 2019
  • Shrewsbury, Massachusetts

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Gerhardt F. (Gerry) Schenck, 89, beloved husband of Barbara (Kellegrew) Schenck, passed away May 21, at Southgate at Shrewsbury retirement community in Shrewsbury, MA. Born December 8, 1929, in Boston, son of the late Kurt and Anna Schenck, Gerry lived in Glastonbury for 50 years prior to his and Barbara's recent return to Massachusetts.
Gerry graduated from Newton High School in 1947. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War, assigned to Rapid City Air Force Base in South Dakota, where he taught defense against nuclear and chemical warfare, and he was present at Camp Desert Rock exercises in Nevada in 1952.
In 1954 he received his BS in Chemistry from Tufts University. He then began his 38 year career as a materials engineer at Pratt and Whitney Aircraft. His work on engineering and development projects included CANEL in Middletown, Oak Ridge National Laboratory in Tennessee, and MDL in East Hartford.
Gerry became a Freemason in 1959 and served as Master of the Corinthian Lodge #63 A.F. & A.M. in North Haven.
Gerry will be remembered as a kind, caring, gentle man who loved time with family, time spent in nature, and capturing memories of both with his cameras.
In addition to his wife, Barbara, of 64 years, Gerry is survived by a daughter, Susan, and her husband, Todd Rowe, of Lunenburg, MA, a son, Garrett, and his wife, Claudia, of Coventry, three grandchildren, Garrett Rowe, James Rowe, and Kendall Schenck, a sister-in-law, Shirley Dunphy, and her husband, Richard Dunphy, two nieces and a nephew.
Private services and burial were held at Forest Hills Cemetery in Jamaica Plain, MA.
Memorial donations may be made to Glaucoma Research Foundation, 251 Post St., Suite 600, San Francisco, CA 94108 (www.glaucoma.org).