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Christopher Gerardy

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Christopher Michael  Gerardy, 50, Columbia, Mo., began his rest with our heavenly Father on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, with his family by his side, after a nine-day battle following a heart attack.
He was born June 6, 1967, in Chanute, the son of Regina (Bailey) Seltmann and Michael Gerardy.
Chris graduated from Chanute High School (Class of 1985) and received his associate of arts degree from Fort Scott Community College in 1987. He was a member of the Greyhounds baseball team while attending FSCC.
On Aug. 12, 1989, he married Melissa Scantlin. Their marriage was blessed with the birth of two sons: Brandon Michael Gerardy and Seth Alan Gerardy.
Chris’ greatest joy was his two sons. He was a devoted father to them and a mentor/father figure to a host of other young adults.  He was an avid KU basketball fan and a fan of anything and everything baseball, especially his son’s college team at Rogers State University.
He spent many  years as a youth baseball coach; countless hours in batting cages throwing batting practice and/or soft toss; was a Scout leader and district commissioner for the Great Rivers Council; and was a basketball and then baseball umpire for many years. A highlight for Chris as an umpire was being selected by a team in Columbia to travel to Cooperstown to umpire a youth tournament at the Cooperstown Dream Park.
Chris loved life and enjoyed giving individuals a hard time. You knew Chris liked you if he picked on you.
Chris is survived by his wife, Melissa; his sons, Brandon and Seth; his “daughter,” Hannah (Kayleigh) Sanders; his parents, Sue and Dave Scantlin; his bonus parents, Wanda and Ernie Davidson; his sisters, Mona and Leland Hull and Kathy and Tim Robinson; his nieces and nephews, Joshua, Samuel and Laney Hull; Taylor Scantlin and Monte Sexton, Nicole and Kyle Joy, Kali and Kinley, Nick and Tiffany Robinson, Trey Robinson and Travis Robinson and fiancée Jaelee Ward; his work family at Home Depot in Columbia, Mo.; his baseball friends and family; and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will all miss him dearly.
He was predeceased by his father Michael Gerardy; his grandparents Gene and Pauline Bailey; and his brother-in-law, Mike Scantlin.
Visitation is 5-7 p.m. today at Countryside Funeral Home-Humboldt Chapel. A funeral service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Humboldt.  Interment will follow at Mount Hope Cemetery in Humboldt. In lieu of flowers, memorials have been suggested to Christopher Gerardy’s Children’s Educational Fund or to the Amplifying Millennials Project and may be left with or mailed to  Countryside Funeral Home, 908 Central, Humboldt, KS 66748.

OBITUARIES

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