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Scott GerkinPassing: November 8, 2020


Chastain Funeral Home

Funeral Service

Thursday, November 12th @ 11:00 a.m.


Chastain Funeral Home

Wednesday, November 11th @ 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.


Mitchell Cemetery

Thursday, November 12th

SPRINGVILLEIt is with deep sorrow and much love that we mourn the passing of Scott Gerkin on Sunday, November 8, 2020, at the age of 62 years.

He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 42 years, Sharon; children, Sarah (Eric) and Samantha (Andrew); grandson, Greyson Hsu; sisters, Sherry (Andy) Theine and Jean Gerkin; mother, Wanda Gerkin; and 12 nieces and nephews.  Scott will also be greatly missed by his friends and family in the racing community.

He was predeceased by his son, Seth and father, William Lawrence Gerkin.

Scott was born in Mitchell, Indiana, on January 17, 1958.  At a young age Scott not only fell in love with his lovely wife, Sharon, he also fell in love with racing.  He found his way to the Kinser Family with sprint car racing and spent many years there as a crew chief and engine builder.  Scott was able to travel the country doing what he loved for the last 30+ years.  Scott enjoyed spending his free time with his family, especially his grandson, Greyson.

Funeral service will be at 11:0 a.m. Thursday, November 12, in the Memorial Chapel of Chastain Funeral Home & Cremation Center.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Wednesday, and from 10:00 a.m. until the service on Thursday at the funeral home.

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36 Guest Comments

  1. Guest: Brad and Laurie Doty | Apple Creek, Ohio
    Date: November 13, 2020
    Sharon, We are so sorry for your loss of Scott! He was truly one of the nicest guys in racing. I'll always remember his dry sense of humor and his chuckle. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, the girls and your entire family!
  2. Guest: Jeff Tolbert | Mitchell IN
    Date: November 12, 2020
    Class of 76....
  3. Guest: Don and Sharon Rawley | Washington, Indiana
    Date: November 12, 2020
    We were sorry to learn of Scott's passing. He certainly loved Sprint Car Racing and was very good at it. When Don was able to go to races he would seek out Scott and talk with him. Our sympathy and prayers go out to the entire family.
    Date: November 12, 2020
    Scott left us way too sign. Such a good man, full of integrity and knowledge. His legacy will live on in his family and those many lives he has touched. RIP Scott.
  5. Guest: Sharkey | Thunder Bay Ontario
    Date: November 12, 2020
    sincere condolences,thanks 4 the memories of the greatest show on dirt that u & Steve contributed !! / dave corbett
  6. Guest: John Gerkin | Clarksville, TN
    Date: November 12, 2020
    When we were a lot younger, whenever dad would take us back to Indiana, sometimes Scott & I would build model race cars. We would even take lighters & burn fenders so it looked like the cars were in wrecks. Loved doing that and I should have figured out where Scott’s passion would be. Scott came to mom’s funeral & I didn’t know there was something wrong with him. He assisted with lifting the casket. With all the tributes Scott has received he was loved by many. I loved him. He will be with his dad son and the rest of the brothers. Rest In peace Scott. Prayers goes to Sharon the girls and the rest of the family.
  7. Guest: lowell toby clouse jr | bristol ct
    Date: November 11, 2020
    I,m a 3rd cousin to scott his grandmother Thelma clouse ger
  8. Guest: Scott Fields | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 11, 2020
    Had not seen Scott in many, many years. More than likely since our graduation. But that did not stop me from being aware of his great many accomplishments in sprint car racing. He obviously was one of if not the best at what he did. And from the many comments sent from all over the country he was loved and admired by many. Include me in that long list. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Peace, ~pete
  9. Guest: monte rager | orleans, in
    Date: November 11, 2020
    our families shared many happy times together as we grew up. My thoughts and condolences are with Wanda and family
  10. Guest: Debby & Tony Dobson | Lebanon, Tn
    Date: November 11, 2020
    Dear Sharon & Family So sorry for the loss of Scott.You're in our thoughts and prayers.
  11. Guest: Tamey Korvela | Springville
    Date: November 11, 2020
    I'm so very sorry Sharon, Sarah and Samantha for your loss. If you need anything don't hesitate to give me a call or message me on FB.
  12. Guest: Troy & Tammy Renfro | Mitchellville, IA
    Date: November 11, 2020
    Our thoughts and prayers are with Scott's family and friends during this difficult time. He will be missed.
  13. Guest: Red Ives | Fla.
    Date: November 11, 2020
    Truly one of the best in every way. Thanks Scott for bringing sprint car racing to another level. God's Speed Scott. All my condolences to the family and friends.
  14. Guest: Gary Brooner | Des Moines
    Date: November 11, 2020
    I was a friend of Scotts when they came to Knoxville I talked Scott out of one Steve's wing side panel when he crashed i took it over to Kenny Woodruff's trailer Annie made me put it under the trailer because it was green and Annie was superstitious Me and Scott are close in age it makes me cherish all the memories i had at all the tracks that i seen him at Unfortunately i am going to Oklahoma this weekend for Kenny's celebration of life But two of the best crew chiefs in sprint car racing will be in heaven telling story's my prayer's are with the Gerkin family
  15. Guest: Tim & Tammy Engler | Princeton, IN
    Date: November 11, 2020
    So sad. Our deepest sympathy. One of the good ones.
  16. Guest: LaWanna Kratzer | Fresno, California
    Date: November 10, 2020
    A real gentleman, loved his family. Always welcoming. So many good times. Condolences to Scott’s family.
  17. Guest: Sonny kratzer | Fresno calif
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Sharron ,Sarah,and Samantha my prayers are with you,I will deeply miss Scott he was an inspiration to me and many others in our sport Rest In Peace good friend.
  18. Guest: Kevin Ingle | Huron SD
    Date: November 10, 2020
    The entire Gerkin family and extended racing family are in our thoughts during this time.
  19. Guest: John Deckard | Indianapolis, Indiana
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Not once, not twice...but hundreds of times Scott showed me kindness and smiling love....it was what he was about....intense and driven, but always kind and smiling. I don’t ‘miss him’...his memory will never leave me.
  20. Guest: Davey Whitworth | Grand Forks ND
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Scott set a great example for the rest of us to try to achieve. Truly a champion
  21. Guest: Bob Guffie | Sedro Woolley Wa
    Date: November 10, 2020
    We feel very fortunate to have known Scotty and had him as a guest for several years when they would stop here at Rallye. Our deepest condolences to his family. He will be greatly missed.
  22. Guest: Jayme Adrian | Sioux Falls South Dakota
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Thoughts and prayers to you Sharon, Sarah, Samantha and the rest of the family. You taught me alot Scott and we had alot of fun on the road. You will be missed by many... RIP my friend.
  23. Guest: Lonny parson | Urbandale, iowa
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Deepest sympathy. Scott was a great friend and I enjoyed racing and spending time together.
  24. Guest: Dow Myers | Bloomington, IN
    Date: November 10, 2020
    So sorry for your loss. What I remember most about Scott was his work ethic and his great smile.
  25. Guest: Brent and Tracy Fields | Seymour, Indiana
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Tracy and I want to share our thoughts and prayers to Sharon and the kids. Very sorry we can't be there in person. Scott was a great guy who obviously loved his family and his sport. It was a gift to get to know him.
  26. Guest: Jeff Peck | Wichita Falls, TX
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Always enjoyed visiting with Scott at the races. I last saw Scott at the Eldora Kings Royal in 2019, and we talked about his Hall of Fame induction. What a great guy. May God give all the family peace and comfort. Rest easy Scott.
  27. Guest: Joseph S. Elliott | Bedford, Indiana
    Date: November 10, 2020
    To the Gerkin Family - I was deeply saddened on hearing of the passing of Scott . My condolences and sympathy to all his family. So tragic at a relatively young age with plenty of more to give to his family and the sport that he so loved . I was fortunate to get to know Scott in the last 20 or so years thru racing Thanks to Steve Kinser and family. Scott was always nice and welcomed me and my son anytime I stopped in at Steve's race shop or at the race track at numerous races. He was fortunate to do for many years what he aspired to do and loved and became one of the best and gained the respect of his peers across the racing community . Scott will be sorely missed by all that knew him - may he rest in peace and his memory be an example of what you can be with hard work and dedication. Joe Elliott and Family
  28. Guest: John Cunningham | Independence
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Scott Was a Great Chief Mechanic And Will Be Greatly Missed.From The Cunningham Racing Family
  29. Guest: Chuck and Gin Voelkel | Dubois IN
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Sharon, Samantha and Sarah, we all thought the world of Scott. Chuck and Jason considered him a great friend. Always took time to say hello, are how are you. He was such a great guy! Prayers and love for you all. Chuck and Gin Voelkel
  30. Guest: Cheryl Boone | Mitchell, In.
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Sharon, love and prayers of comfort for you and your girls. So very sorry. Cheryl Boone
  31. Guest: Tina Earl | WILLIAMS
    Date: November 10, 2020
    Sharon, Love and prayers to you and your family! I have many fond memories at your house where you and Scott lived. Tina (Johnson) Earl
  32. Guest: Delbert D Wray | Salem
    Date: November 9, 2020
    Sharon and family I am so sorry about the loss of Scott. You are in our thoughts and prayers
  33. Guest: Bobby Brown | Venice Florida
    Date: November 9, 2020
    I’m sorry for your loss Sharon. I haven’t seen you both in years, however Scott was always a bright spot in any room. My thoughts are with you.
  34. Guest: Mike and Suzie Leatherman | Mitchell, IN
    Date: November 9, 2020
    Sharon, Sarah & Samantha, So very sorry for your loss. Our love and prayers are with all of you. Cherish all the memories and fun times close in your heart! Scott will always be watching over you! Love you all!!
  35. Guest: Kathy Oliver | Mount Dora, Florida
    Date: November 9, 2020
    Dear Sharon, Sarah and Samantha, I am so sorry for your loss! You will be in my thoughts and in my heart. Kathy Oliver
  36. Guest: Andrea & Ed Williams | Mount Auburn, IL.
    Date: November 9, 2020
    Just want to let Sharon and girls know that I am thinking about them. Working with Scott all those years at Kinser Racing I know they were his world. May you have peace and comfort knowing that he will be missed by many.