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“Heard the news late through the grapevine. I worked @ Garrett with him from time to time and know what it's done to several over the years. I'd say...Read More »
1 of 75 | Posted by: Duane Moore - Springfield, IL

“Chris, Bernie and I were so saddened to hear the news that your husband passed away. We just want you to know we are thinking and praying for you. ...Read More »
2 of 75 | Posted by: Bernie and Brenda Venvertloh - IL

“My prayers are with you all. ”
3 of 75 | Posted by: Rodney L. Jarrard - Springfield, IL

“Chris, We are so very sorry about your loss of Dave. I have so many great memories of the times at Garrett Aviation, all the softball games we...Read More »
4 of 75 | Posted by: Jim and Gina Swehla - Springfield, IL

“Chris And Family, Words could never express how saddened I was to hear about Dave's passing. From Springfield, to Alabama, and back to Springfield, I...Read More »
5 of 75 | Posted by: Ron Pulliam - IL

“Our hearts go out to Chris and family. Dave was a man who loved life and wanted to share it. He was a great guy to know and will be missed by many....Read More »
6 of 75 | Posted by: Karl Ott - Geneseo, IL - friend

“Chris, No words can express how sorry I am to hear about Dave's passing. I only met him the one time at Gus Macker and based on all the comments...Read More »
7 of 75 | Posted by: Letha Janssen Burrus - Quincy, IL

“Chris, With our deepest sympathy.. Your thoughts are in our prayers. Dave will be missed greatly. ”
8 of 75 | Posted by: Jack Smith / John Tompkins - IL

“Chrissy, I am so very sorry for your loss. You and Dave made a perfect couple. Please accept my deepest sympathy. ”
9 of 75 | Posted by: Jacky Galassi - Springfield, IL, IL

“My deepest sympathies to Dave's family, he will be missed ”
10 of 75 | Posted by: Larry L Sapp - Aiken, SC

“Christine, I am so very sorry to hear of your loss. Dave's love of life and his contagious sense of cheer will be missed by all. To you and family...Read More »
11 of 75 | Posted by: David C. Jones - Geneseo, IL

“Chris, I haven't seen you guys for a while, but we sure did have some good times shooting IPSC together. It was a shock to hear about Dave, but we...Read More »
12 of 75 | Posted by: Bill Beatty - Petersburg, IL

“Darcie, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Love you so much. ”
13 of 75 | Posted by: Beth Hoyle - Montgomery Village, MD

“Michael, Darcie, Dawn, Jenni, I didn't know your dad very well but I remember what great, gifted kids you were and I imagine still are. I am sorry...Read More »
14 of 75 | Posted by: Evie Eldridge - Springfield, IL

“Mike, Lisa & Graham, and entire family, Although we never met your Dad, you spoke so highly of him that we felt like could have known him. Chuck and...Read More »
15 of 75 | Posted by: Beth Rhoades - Schenectady, NY

“Chris — I was so sorry to hear about Dave. Please know I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. With deepest sympathy, ...Read More »
16 of 75 | Posted by: Debbie Reed - Quincy, IL

“left without a hug but will keep my memories FOREVER! xoxoxox more ”
17 of 75 | Posted by: Jorge - Mendon, IL

“Chris, You are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We will miss Dave's laughter and jokes. Friends from Somewhere Else! Paul...Read More »
18 of 75 | Posted by: Maureen Jackson - Springfield, IL

“Dave was always a pleasure to be around. So many of our customers at “Garrett Aviation” felt confident when Dave was assigned to look...Read More »
19 of 75 | Posted by: Michael Anderson - Petersburg, IL

“Chris and family, I was very sad and shocked to hear about Dave. I just saw him last week at Arby`s as I sat by him at lunch time. You just never...Read More »
20 of 75 | Posted by: Jimmy Bonefeste - Springfield, IL

“Chrissy, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My heart goes out to you and the family and we will keep you and your family in our prayers. ”
21 of 75 | Posted by: Sandra & Keisha Hildebrand and Wilson Velazquez - IL

“Words cannot express the pain you feel; nor can they ease that pain. I only hope you can find comfort in the fond memories of your dad and the love...Read More »
22 of 75 | Posted by: Krysten & Jake Rakers - Marine, IL

“Darcie, we are so sorry for your loss. We will keep you and your family in our prayers. Chery and the Auburn team. ”
23 of 75 | Posted by: Cheryl Titsworth - Auburn, IL

“Love you, Darcie and family. So sorry for your loss. xoxox. ”
24 of 75 | Posted by: Jessica Ryg, Elle &Ben Reinhart - IL

“Chris & Family, I am so very sorry to hear about Dave. So many memories of a great guy over the years. I don't think I ever saw him go through the...Read More »
25 of 75 | Posted by: Renee Ghering (Hall) - MO

“Donna, I am so sorry. What a shock! Here you're being so supportive to me re Mom's health issues and now here you are. Please let me know if there...Read More »
26 of 75 | Posted by: Cindy Garretson - Springfield, IL

“Chris, I cannot tell you how deeply sorry I am about Dave. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your entire family. I'm here for you if you...Read More »
27 of 75 | Posted by: Jenny Franklin - Sherman, IL

“Dear Don,Susan,Nancy, Dave's wife and Children and all his family, We have spoken to all our sons and we are all so shocked and sorry to hear of...Read More »
28 of 75 | Posted by: Ken and Hulda Black - Staunton, IL

“Michael, Darcie, Dawn, Jenni : I cannot express how sorry I am for the loss of your Dad. I love all of you. I hope that knowing there are so many...Read More »
29 of 75 | Posted by: Gail Hall

“Chris, Joe and I are so sorry for your loss. I have wonderful memories of boating with you & Dave. He lived life to the fullest and enjoyed...Read More »
30 of 75 | Posted by: Julie & Joe Daugherty - Sherman, IL

“I had the pleasure of working with Dave, or "SuperDave" as we so affectionately called him.... but most importantly, I had the honor of calling him...Read More »
31 of 75 | Posted by: Nicole Kersting - Decatur, IL

“Chris Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We Love you. It was an honor to be blessed by by such a great man, he will be missed. ”
32 of 75 | Posted by: Jerry & Char Reynolds - IL

“Chrissy, We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts go out to you. We will be keeping you in our thoughts and prayers. The Kasparies, Jason &...Read More »
33 of 75 | Posted by: Amanda Kasparie - Ursa, IL

“I will always remeber his great smile and very distinctive laugh. ”
34 of 75 | Posted by: Monica McClelland

“I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts, heart and prayers. ”
35 of 75 | Posted by: Heidi Sotzen - Jacksonville, FL

“I really don't know what to say when someone dies. Dave was always friendly to me when I worked out at Garrett with him. He will be missed. My...Read More »
36 of 75 | Posted by: Eric M Dellaquila - Springfield, IL

“Chrissy-- Our hearts ache for you. May God lift you up and give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. Love and prayers to you! The...Read More »
37 of 75 | Posted by: Brenda Fleer - Quincy, IL

“Jenni, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May God grant you peace. ”
38 of 75 | Posted by: Sharon Kasten - Lebanon, IL

“Jenni, Please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
39 of 75 | Posted by: Jennifer Pickerell - Maryville, IL

“Chris, we were so sorry to hear about Dave. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you and all your family. Joe will always remember all the...Read More »
40 of 75 | Posted by: Joe Manker - Springfield, IL

“Jenni and Dawn, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your entire family during this difficult time. ”
41 of 75 | Posted by: Melissa Meeker - Lebanon, IL

“Jenni, I am so sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Richelle Rennegarbe ”
42 of 75 | Posted by: Richelle Rennegarbe - Lebanon, IL

“Jenni, Dawn and family, We are so sorry to hear of your dad's passing. Please know that are thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time...Read More »
43 of 75 | Posted by: Leslie Daugherty

“Chris, we are so sorry for your monumental loss. Our hearts are breaking for you right now. Please know that you are in our prayers and that we are...Read More »
44 of 75 | Posted by: Mike & Terry Shelton - IL

“Jenni, you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ”
45 of 75 | Posted by: George and Marie Fero - Lebanon, IL

“Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. May God surround you with His love during this difficult time. ”
46 of 75 | Posted by: Mitch Nasser

“Chris , so sorry to hear about Dave's passing , please accept our condolences , and know our prayers are with you and your family . It seems a small...Read More »
47 of 75 | Posted by: Sherri and John Layendecker - IL

“Darcie & Family,I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear father. May God be with you and keep you strong during these very difficult times. May you...Read More »
48 of 75 | Posted by: Cyndi GIll - Lancaster, CA

“With Deepest Sympathy ”
49 of 75 | Posted by: Boyd Springer - Springfield, IL

“The loss of a loved one is never easy to accept, especially when it happens so suddenly. My thought and prayers to out to the entire Lerch family in...Read More »
50 of 75 | Posted by: Anna Gray

“Darcie and family, my heart aches for you all. I am praying for peace and serenity for all of you. I love you, Darcie.... ”
51 of 75 | Posted by: Denise - MA

“Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about Dave. My thoughts and prayers go out to you during this time. I'm honored to say I knew Dave and will always...Read More »
52 of 75 | Posted by: Suzi Zoll - Springfield, IL

“Chris, we are shocked and saddened to hear about Dave. He was always so full of life and fun. If there is anything at all that we can do for you, you...Read More »
53 of 75 | Posted by: Shelley and Mike McQuern - IL

“Chrissy, I'm so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Know that you are in my prayers during this difficult time. My deepest sympathies to you and the...Read More »
54 of 75 | Posted by: Dee (Delores) Watkins - IL

“Chris, I pray that precious memories comfort you during this difficult time. You're in my thoughts and prayers. ”
55 of 75 | Posted by: Mary Anderson (South Wing, Stratton) - IL

“Chris, I know there is really nothing I can say to ease your pain. Thank you for allowing me to meet such an awesome man! I'm going to miss his sense...Read More »
56 of 75 | Posted by: Barb Lowe - Springfield, IL

“Chris, I am so sorry. Dave was such a good and funny man. You will have many good memories to hold on to. You are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
57 of 75 | Posted by: Jan Monier - Springfield, IL

“Please accept our condolences. Nancy Lerch-Pandolfo and Vic Pandolfo ”
58 of 75 | Posted by: Nancy Lerch-Pandolfo - Brownsburg, IN

“Chris, Brian and I are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. ”
59 of 75 | Posted by: Brian and Gayle Buchanan - IL

“Chris, I am so sorry for your loss. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. ”
60 of 75 | Posted by: Sherri Garrett - Springfield, IL

“Chris, I am so sorry to hear of Dave's passing. Even though no words can take away your pain, please know that you are loved and cared about by so...Read More »
61 of 75 | Posted by: Mary Ann Bentzinger - Mendon, IL

“Chris, I am so sorry about your husband. Everyone in the Stratton building is thinking and praying for you. Jill Clement ”
62 of 75 | Posted by: Jill Frazier-clement - IL

“Dear Chris, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. May God be with you giving you strength and comfort. With My Deepest Sympathies, Beth Chapman ”
63 of 75 | Posted by: Beth Chapman - Emden, IL

“Chris I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Gloria Freels ”
64 of 75 | Posted by: Gloria Freels - Springfield, IL

“My heart and prayers go out to Chris and her family doing this difficult time. May the Lord bless you and be with you. ”
65 of 75 | Posted by: Gloria Simmons - Springfield, IL

“Dave was an awesome man-he had a sense of humor that kept us all laughing and made work so much fun. We are all in shock. There are no words to...Read More »
66 of 75 | Posted by: Shelley O'Neill

“Chris, So sorry to hear of your loss. Dave was a great guy and will be missed. If you need anything, please let us know. Our thoughts and prayers...Read More »
67 of 75 | Posted by: Greg and Susan Thompson - Buffalo, IL

“Chris, My heart goes out to you and the family. Dave will be missed very much by us all. RIP Dave ”
68 of 75 | Posted by: Paula Crumpler - IL

“Chris, We were just talking about you and Dave yesterday when we were in town for the parade. We are shocked and saddened by your loss. You will...Read More »
69 of 75 | Posted by: Chris & Joan Blood - Taylorville, IL

“Chris, I'm so sorry to hear about Dave. I'll always remember our common interest in boating, and the time he spent helping me. What a great guy. ...Read More »
70 of 75 | Posted by: Dan Erni - Taylorville, IL

“I am so sorry to hear about Dave. He brought so much joy into so many lives. I am proud to be able to say I knew him. ”
71 of 75 | Posted by: Ron Monier - Springfield, IL

“Chris, I am shocked and very saddened to hear the news. We have adored you and Dave for so long. He will be terribly missed. If we can do anything...Read More »
72 of 75 | Posted by: Michelle Goembel - Senoia, GA

“Chris, I know that there is nothing I can say to make you feel any better. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Take care. ”
73 of 75 | Posted by: Julie (Mefford) Jones - TX

“Chris, So many wonderful memories of time spent with you & Dave; darts, boating, vacations. Dave will always be in our hearts. We are blessed to...Read More »
74 of 75 | Posted by: Marty & Connie Sommer - IL

“Chris, So sorry for you loss. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. ”
75 of 75 | Posted by: Cindy Poling Frazier - Camp Point, IL


Dave Lerch, 56, of Edinburg, passed away at 4:04 a.m. on Monday, September 6, 2010 at St. John's Hospital. Dave was born June 7, 1954 in Augusta, GA, the son of Donald and Carol Cook Lerch. He married Chris Hildebrand on November 27, 1992 in Springfield. Dave graduated from Southeast High School and began working for Garrett Aviation/StandardAero. He worked there for 28 years. There, he spent many years in the sheet metal department, then customer service and finally worked as a scheduler. He then began working for Bunn O'Matic in the Customer Service department. Dave owned a DJ business named Blues Boulevard and a company selling merchandise for the Walter Trout Band. Dave enjoyed his life, living every day as if it would be his last. He loved spending time with his wife, children and his grandchildren. Dave was an avid fan of the Chicago Bears, Chicago White Sox and NASCAR. He enjoyed playing softball, singing karaoke and loved his Harley. He was preceded in death by his mother, Carol and brother, Paul Lerch. Dave is survived by his wife, Chris of Edinburg; son, Michael (wife, Lisa) Lerch of Schenectady, NY; three daughters, Darcie (husband, Sean) Hannah of Lanesville, Dawn Dili of Springfield and Jennifer (husband, Eric) Miller of Pocahontas, IL; father, Donald Lerch of Springfield; eight grandchildren, Graham Lerch, Chase Hanson, Kyle and Juliet Hannah, Jonathon, Raymond and Lucille Miller, and Elaine Dili; two sisters, Donna Sue Lerch and Nancy Stubblefield, both of Springfield; and several nieces and nephews. Family will receive friends from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 9, 2010 at Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. A graveside ceremony with burial following will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 10, 2010 at Oak Ridge Cemetery with Rev. Vaughn Beeman officiating. Memorial contributions may be made to Cardinal Glennon Children's Hospital Honor and Memorial Fund, 1465 S. Grand Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63104.

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