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Harland Lyle “Sam” Sherd, age 83, of Greenville, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at Country Friends Assisted Living in Sumner.  The son of Leslie Marshall & Mildred Irene (Hoyt) Sherd, he was born on July 25, 1937 in Sheridan and for 36 years he worked at the former Electrolux Home Products in Greenville.

On January 23, 1981, in Greenville, he married the former Darlene (Holderman) Clark and together they enjoyed traveling and taking cruises, camping at Sandy Pines Resort, and wintering in Florida, until Darlene passed away on June 7, 2006.

Sam also enjoyed driving fast…  especially his Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, snowmobiling, as well as hunting, but delighted in time spent with family and friends.  His children will long remember his ability to run backward faster than any of them could run forward.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a grandson, Jared Christiansen;  seven brothers and sisters, Harold Sherd, Robert Sherd, Marshall “Joe” Sherd, Velma Townsend, Dorothy Fields, Gerald Sherd, and Duane Sherd;  and three step-children, Deborah Lyons,  Denise Dilley; and Ed Clark; a sister-in-law, Bonnie Dakin;  and a nephew, Chad Dakin.

Surviving are his children, Cindy & Jerry Christiansen of Stanton, Jodie & Brad Hallock of Sheridan, Julie Harding of Greenville, and Mark & Kendra Sherd of Fenwick; a brother, Ron & Mary Sherd of Sheridan;  a sister, Betty & Dick Harriman of Fenwick;  a step-son, Ken & Shanna Clark;  step-son-in-law, Patrick Dilley;  siblings-in-law, Ann Harden of Brutus, Jim Dakin of Greenville, and Phyllis Holderman-VanDyke of Arizona;  seven  grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren;  two great-great grandchildren with the third on the way;  and many nieces, and nephews.  Sam’s family extends their special thanks to his caregivers at Country Friends Assisted Living.

Visitation is from 12-1 p.m. on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at Shiloh Community Church, 8197 Heth Street, Orleans, where funeral services will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday.  Pastor Dale Olling, of Shiloh Community Church, will officiate and burial will take place privately at Rest Haven Memory Gardens, Belding, at a later date.

To send a message of sympathy to the family, sign Sam’s online guest book, to share a favorite memory, please visit:

Funeral arrangements are entrusted to Christiansen’s Michigan Cremation & Funeral Care, Greenville, (616) 754-5638.


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  1. Terry Harriman on January 9, 2021 at 4:35 pm

    Thank you Uncle Harland for all you did for me as a teenager. I learned so much about auto mechanics from you. Rest in Piece

  2. Sue Bates on January 9, 2021 at 5:06 pm

    Deep and sincere condolences on Sam’s passing. Wish I’d had the opportunity to know him better. May angels sing him to his rest.

  3. Linda Foote on January 9, 2021 at 6:05 pm

    So many fond memories for me. Fly high and fast, your favorite way! Love you!

  4. Jill McNeill on January 9, 2021 at 6:37 pm

    Condolences to Mark, Kendra and the rest of your family on the passing of your Dad

  5. Brad and Beverly Harrington & Family on January 9, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    Our thoughts are with you all. We are so sorry for your loss You are in our hearts and prayers.

  6. Phyllis and Marvin Wiles & Family on January 9, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Sorry for the loss of this very special man. We have so many memories of time spent with him. His Christmas decorations at his home were spectacular. The family Christmas parties were very special as well. He will be missed.Marvi

  7. Andrea McCulloch on January 9, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    Now that you officially have your gold wings, fly high and fast, just the way you like it!!!! We love you!!!!

  8. Barbara McCallister on January 9, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you for all the smiles, Sam. May you rest in peace!

  9. Paul Drobish on January 11, 2021 at 3:52 pm

    Prayers to all the Sherd family’s

  10. Susan Degano on January 12, 2021 at 8:20 pm

    My deepest sympathy to the family for the loss of my Uncle Sam. He was a great man that had many good influences on my life.. I will dearely miss him. Love you Uncle Sam

  11. Christine Hopkins-Cranmer & the Hopkins Family on January 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Our deepest sympathies to the family for the loss of your Dad. May the memories you share bring you peace and comfort in the days ahead.

  12. Amy Whitfield on January 13, 2021 at 10:59 pm

    Our thoughts, prayers and hearts are with y’all. We love y’all so much. I never got the pleasure of meeting my Aunt Betty Harriman’s brother or Mark Sherd’s dad, but I know he must have been an awesome man to be related to them. I pray the peace that passes all understanding will guard your hearts and mind through
    Christ Jesus.
    Arnie and Amy Whitfield

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