Sherman H Lainhart lost his battle with cancer in the early evening of July 5, 2020.
Sherman H Lainhart was born on Sunday December 18, 1949 in Osmond Wyoming. He was delivered by his older sister Vola. Sherman was the 8th child of 12 born to Boyd Lainhart and Audry Hunsaker Lainhart. At 18 months old Sherman fell into a ditch with swift running water located near the family home and nearly drowned. At 6 years old Sherman was crossing the street and was hit by a pickup truck driven by Lila Harrison. After getting to the hospital and being examined the doctor said the small cut on his forehead was nothing as the X-rays showed that the damage was t the base of the brain and there was nothing to do but wait. Years later X-rays shows that he had broken his back, neck, hip and had skull fractures from the accident.
Sherman attended school in Osmond, Smooth and Afton as well and graduated from Star Valley High School in 1968. Sherman loved to learn, and schoolwork came quite easy to him. He recalled one time when his teacher called his parents to school thinking that he had been cheating, it was discovered that he had not been cheating but that he had a photographic memory. He was the manager for the Basketball and Football teams all 4 years of high school, he always wanted to play but due to the injuries sustained when he was younger, he was unable to do so. Sherman was voted most likely to succeed in high school and he received an academic scholarship to the University of Wyoming. At the age of 18 Sherman was going to be drafted by the Marines so he joined the Navy, if he was going to serve, he was going to serve in the branch of his choosing. He was stationed in San Diego, San Francisco and Honolulu Hawaii. He served as a computer communications technician when the internet was just being developed.
Sherman married Sharon Kay Mongold on November 3, 1972 and they had three children, Sherman Lloyd, Audry Denise & Joshua Levi. Sherman later married Lori Janette Hyde McReynolds on September 10, 2011 and gained Lori’s children, Shaun Mikel McReynolds, Amber McReynolds Barrios & Kellie McReynolds Ramirez.
After serving 6 years in the Navy Sherman returned to Star Valley where he became interested in genealogy to help his mother. It was during this time he learned to read German. Sherman always said learning German was easy because God gave him that to help his mother and later, he helped others that found themselves in Germany with their ancestors. When his father became sick Sherman was there to help. Later in life when his mother needed his help, he and Lloyd were both there to lend a helping hand. Sherman had a heart of gold when anyone was in need, he would do his best to help in any way that he could. Sherman worked at Star Studs, Water Star and PC Industries, but his favorite job was the 20 years he spent falling timber. Sherman loved the outdoors. As a kid he spent a lot of time skiing the east mountains. He loved hunting, fishing, hiking, and anything that put him in nature.
In June of 2019 Sherman was diagnosed with cancer. Sherman had Lori by his side for every appointment and she remained by his side through his tough battle. He will be dearly missed.
Sherman was proceeded in death by his parents Boyd and Audry Hunsaker Lainhart, a baby sister Vada Lainhart and a brother Boyd R Lainhart.
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