Harold C. Sherrick died on Friday, October 20, 2023.
Born April 4, 1933 in Bradford, PA. Preceded in death by his parents, William and Lois Sherrick, and wife of sixty-three years, Frances. Harold is survived by brother Barry, son Scott, daughter Dina, three grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
Harold was raised in upstate western Pennsylvania. Graduating from Bradford High School May of 1951. Hal, as he preferred amongst family and friends, enlisted in the United States Air Force in July 1951. Completing boot camp and subsequently became a "Company Commander", "pushing boots". Hal learned of opportunity to become an Officer. Digging in and applying for, Hal earned a commission as a 2nd LT in 1953 along with the privilege to wear USAF Navigator wings.
Navigator 2nd LT Sherrick was assigned duties flying missions above the Arctic Circle in support of the Distance Early Warning radar post construction during the early stages of the Cold War. LT Sherrick distinguishing himself in the execution of his duties, earned an Army Commendation Medal.
Subsequent assignments and achievements saw LT Sherrick earning the privilege to train as a Pilot. Captain Sherrick was pinned an Air Force Pilot in August of 1958. Assigned to heavy transports to Dover AFB, DE. One mission tasked Capt Sherrick, to circumnavigate the globe during over two weeks in a C-133B Cargomaster.
Following assigned to overseas staff duty in Europe during the mid-late 60's. 1969 had Major Sherrick was ordered to combat duty in Vietnam, piloting AC-47D Spooky "GunShips".
Major Harold "Hal" Sherrick earned the following achievements and award during his Air Force career:
-Distinguished Flying Cross
-Meritorious Service Medal
-Four Air Medals
-Air Force Commendation
-Army Enlisted Good Conduct among many others.
Following Air Force service, Hal pursued a career in the insurance industry. Where he built a successful independent brokerage firm which enabled, he and Frances to explore their dreams.
Harold's patriotism, dedication to his wife, family and friends were unwavering in depth and commitment. His legacy is honor, integrity and love.
Both Harold and Frances will be laid to rest at Fort Logan National Cemetery on Thursday, November 9, 2023 at 11:00AM with full Air Force Honors.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to your favorite children's charity in memory of Grandpa Hal.