Ivan Gharring

Ivan Gharring

Saturday, July 15th, 1922 - Sunday, February 16th, 2020
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Ivan Gharring, age 97 of Sheridan, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 16, 2020 at the Laurels of Carson City.

Born almost a century ago, Ivan saw many changes throughout his lifetime and he also witnessed many things come and go. However, during that same time two things remained the same and constant, Ivan’s work ethic and commitment. A person needs to look no further than his marriage of over 78 years to his wife Verleen as a shining example of his level of commitment and dedication. Ivan’s work ethic started back when at the young age of 16, he not only graduated high school, but began his lifelong work as a farmer. For 60+ years Ivan was an active Mason and for many years also a member of the Shriners. Having been born and raised in Nebraska, Ivan was a diehard Nebraska Football fan! In his younger days, he liked being outdoors, hunting, fishing and golfing. Ivan also loved playing cards with his friends and was a regular at the morning coffee shops. After his retirement, Ivan and Verleen traveled extensively throughout the US and Mexico in their RV and created lots of special memories. Ivan will be deeply missed by everyone who knew him.

Surviving Ivan is his wife, Verleen of Sheridan; daughter, DeeAnn (Bill) Piper of Sheridan; grandsons, Chad (Martha) Piper of Holt; Dr. Travis (Dr. Michelle) Piper of North Muskegon; great grandchildren, Allie Piper; Tess Piper; Rem Piper all of Holt, Lindsey Piper and Eliza Piper both of North Muskegon and several nieces and nephews.

Ivan was preceded in death by his parents, Alfred & Aletha (Morehead) Gharring; son, Ladd Gharring and granddaughter, Nicole Rene Piper.

A memorial service celebrating Ivan’s life is being held on Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at Simpson Family Funeral Homes in Sheridan (246 S. Main Street) beginning at 2 PM with Pastor Bob Braman and Reverend Madelyn Thompson officiating.

For those wishing to make a memorial donation in Ivan’s memory the family suggest you direct them to either Kindred Hospice or Laurels of Carson City. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home.
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  • Memorial Service

    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Tuesday, February 25th, 2020 2:00pm
    Simpson Family Funeral Homes - Sheridan
    246 S. Main Street
    Sheridan, Michigan 48884
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    Pastor Bob Braman
    Reverend Madelyn Thompson


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Posted at 07:34pm
Dear Verleen, my love to you and your family. What a guy, that Ivan!!! I remember the laughter and stories that went along when he and my dad (Jack Wehrman) got together!!!
Blessings to you and your family.
Love, Peggy Wehrman Gerbeling and Gary Gerbeling.
Minneapolis, MN

Shirley Whartman

Posted at 12:58pm
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. With Love, Shirley; Bret & Wanda; Robin, Darrell & Family; Joy, Jeffrey & Family
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Phyllis Sinclair

Posted at 09:19pm
Ivan was a very sweet guy always happy very devoted to his wife last time I seen him was exercising in rehab at the laurels . He was there with his wife who I adored a very classy lady. I know all of Sheridan will miss him. Rest in peace Ivan we all loved you. Phyllis Sinclair

Lance & Evelyn Bartz

Posted at 10:08am
We send our deepest sympathy , thoughts, and prayers . Ivan was a great man and will be remembered for his love of life and devotion to his family. His memory will last for ever. Lance & Evelyn Bartz

Shirley Whartman

Posted at 12:23am
He was such a great brother-in-law and a great person. Loved him as much as my sister, Verleen. Thinking of you Dee Ann & Bill.
Shirley Whartman, Kimball, NE

Gail Littrell Posted at 12:30am

Remembering times in Nelson. Thinking of you Verleen and family, in sympathy and friendship.

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