William F. Gaeuman
William F. Gaeuman, 88, of Oberlin, died Sunday at his home following a long illness.
A native of Oberlin [and a 1917 graduate of OHS], he was a building contractor in California before returning to Oberlin to continue his profession.
Mr. Gaeuman was responsible for a large portion of the development of residential homes on the west side of Oberlin, as well as many land development projects in Elyria. He was also contractor for the Co-op Market building, American Greetings Card Company building, and Robin Park.
He was a lifetime director of the National Association of Homebuilders and past president of the Home Builders Association of Lorain County.
He was a World War I Army veteran.
He was a member of First Church and the Oberlin Rotary Club. A 32nd degree Mason, he was a member of Oberlin Lodge No. 380, F. & A.M.
He is survived by a son, John, of Worthington; a sister, Rose Carpenter of North Eaton; and four grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Genevieve, in 1983; and by three brothers and four sisters.
Arrangements are incomplete at Cowling Funeral Home.
William Gaeuman
A memorial service for William F. Gaeuman, who died April 30, will be held at 2 p.m. on June 10 at Westwood Cemetery, with the Rev. John Elder officiating.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the Oberlin Rotary Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 4 & 25, 1989, p. 2.

Pfc. William Gaeuman Is Killed in Action
Pfc. William Gaeuman, son of William F. Gaeuman, 137 Elm St., was killed in action somewhere in Korea on April 25, according to word received from the War Department last week.
Young Gaeuman, 22, a gunner with the Seventh Army, only a month ago had been mentioned as one of the defenders of Heartbreak Ridge by Cleveland News War Correspondent Howard Beaufait. He was recently made patrol leader.
He was due for rotation back to the states this summer.
His father was notified by telegram on Wednesday, April 29, of his death, with the assurance that additional details would follow. Another letter was received Tuesday of this week from the War Department, saying that the commander or chaplain of Gaeuman’s unit would furnish details soon.
According to Mrs. Gaeuman, a letter from young Gaeuman, postmarked April 25, the day of his death, arrived here yesterday.
He is the second Oberlin soldier killed in action. Pvt. Willard Bernie Holmes was killed in Korea Dec. 7, 1951.
Pfc. Gaeuman, born July 31, 1930, in Los Angeles, came with his father to Oberlin soon after his mother’s death in 1944. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1948, then attended Ohio State University for a year.
Self-employed until the time of his induction as a dairy farmer on Quarry Rd., he was also active in 4-H Club work, having been assistant advisor of the Twentieth Century Farmers, a Russia Township 4-H unit.
He was inducted into service Jan. 24, 1952, taking his basic training in Hawaii and returning home for a furlough before being sent to Korea in early August.
Besides his father and Mrs. Gaeuman, he is survived by a brother, John; four aunts, Mrs. Lena Gerber, W. Lorain St.; Mrs. Willard Bowser, Berea; Mrs. Lawrence Jackson and Mrs. Rose Hahn, both of LaPorte; three uncles, Sam Gauman, Garfield Rd.; Ernest Gauman, Quarry Rd.; Walter Gauman, Quarry Rd.; a great-grandmother, Mrs. George Egley, Normal, Ill.; and two great-aunts, Miss Hattie Flescher, Normal, Ill.; and Miss Bertha Flescher, Huntington Park, Calif.
The body will be returned to Oberlin, the War Department assured Mr. Gaeuman.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 7, 1953, p. 1.

Gerald Gaines
Gerald Gaines, 85, of Elyria, former Oberlin resident, died Aug. 15 at St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center in Lorain.
Born in 1907 in Elyria, he lived in Elyria most of his life, but lived in Oberlin during high school. In 1926, he led the Oberlin Indians high school basketball team to the state Class B championship. During his high school years, Oberlin basketball teams made it to the state tournament three times and he was an all-tournament player each time.
He won Elyria city singles tennis championships in 1948 and 1949 and won eight city doubles tennis championships from 1948-70. He was named to the Elyria Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.
Mr. Gaines worked as an assistant tennis pro at Sugarlane Racquet Club in Elyria. He was also employed at Republic Steel in Elyria, now LTV Steel, for 42 years as a hot saw operator and later as a craneman before retiring in 1962.
Survivors include two sons, Gerald E. Jr. of Lorain and Raymond of Elyria; a daughter, Kathleen Graham of Honolulu; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and a sister, Frances Richardson Bey of Philadelphia.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Mildred, in 1984.
Services were Aug. 20 in the Curtis-Scheuffler-Busch Family Chapel, Elyria, with the Rev. Dixie Beard, associate pastor of Jones Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Elyria, officiating. Burial was in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, August 25, 1992, p. 2.

Mrs. Gerald E. Gaines Sr.
Mildred Farrar Gaines, 73, of Elyria, sister of William Farrar of Oberlin, died Feb. 1 at Elyria Memorial Hospital of an apparent heart attack.
Born in Oberlin, she was a lifelong Lorain County resident.
She is also survived by her husband, Gerald E. Gaines, Sr., a daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Kathleen) Graham of Honolulu; two sons, Gerald E. Jr. of Lorain and Raymond D. of Elyria; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Services were Saturday afternoon at the Curtis-Scheuffler Funeral Home with burial in Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, February 9, 1984, p. 5.

Lois M. Gaines
Oberlin — Lois M. [Martha] Gaines, 75, of Oberlin, passed away Thursday, February 4, 2010, at EMH Regional Medical Center in Elyria, surrounded by her family.
She was born January 31, 1935, in Oberlin [and graduated from OHS in 1951]. She worked as an administrative assistant for Oberlin College for 43 years, retiring in 2002. Lois was a member of the quilting club and enjoyed bowling, swing, quilting, reading and spending time with her grandchildren.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia S. Bell, of Oberlin; sons Michael G. Gaines, Robert Tony A. (Linda) Gaines and Eric D. (Vicky) Gaines, all of Oberlin; 8 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and sister Patricia A. (Clarence) James, of Ellicott City, Md.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Rodman Douglas and L. Adora (Rowland) Godette.
Visitation will be Wednesday, February 10, 2010, from 6-8 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. Funeral services will be Thursday, February 11, 2010, with A.G. Miller, of House of the Lord Church in Oberlin, presiding. Interment will be at Westwood Cemetery.
Online condolences may be made at
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Monday, February 8, 2010.

Mrs. [Opal] Gaines Passes
Oberlin, O., March 5—Opal Gaines, 33, wife of Harold L. Gaines of East Vine street, died about 11:30 Saturday night at University Hospital, Cleveland, following an operation which she underwent Saturday morning after a two weeks illness.
Opal Thomas Gaines was born in Oberlin, March 27, 1906, and had spent her life here. She was a graduate of Oberlin High school in 1924. She was active in the work of the Phillis Wheatley Community Center here as a recreation teacher, and was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist church.
Besides her husband, she leaves two sons, Harold and Robert; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George Thomas of Oberlin, one sister, Mrs. Janita Mason, Oberlin, and three brothers, Robert Thomas of Oberlin, Harry of Cleveland, and George Thomas of Washington, D. C.
Funeral services are being held this afternoon at the Mt. Zion Baptist church, with burial in Westwood cemetery.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, March 5, 1940.

Robert Husted Gaines
Robert Husted “Bobby” Gaines, 75, of Phoenix, Ariz., died there Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2003.
Born Nov. 23, 1927, Mr. Gaines [graduated from OHS in 1945 and] lived in Oberlin until moving to Phoenix in 1988.
He was a retired law enforcement officer and star athlete. In 1945, while attending Bowling Green State University, Mr. Gaines had the distinction of finishing third in the hurdle race in which Harrison Dillard set the world record. He also played football with Norm Van Brocklin at the University of Oregon. After leaving the University of Oregon, Mr. Gaines was a member of the U.S. Army, serving in Hawaii until 1948.
In his leisure time, Mr. Gaines enjoyed working with model airplanes, cooking gardening and drawing. He was also an avid sports enthusiast and military historian.
Mr. Gaines enjoyed following his children’s sports careers. He was especially proud of the athletic accomplishments of his grandchildren David Bell, Korre Gaines, Eric Gaines Jr., Diana, Alana, Melanie and David Gaines, all outstanding athletes.
Mr. Gaines was preceded in death by his mother Opal in 1940 and his father Harold in 1959. He is survived by his 103-year-old aunt Juanita Brown of Oberlin; brother Harold Gaines of St. Louis, Mo.; sons Michael, Robert “Tony” and Eric Gaines Sr., all of Oberlin, and Donnie Bruce of Sac City, Iowa; daughters Patricia Bell of Oberlin, Melissa Valenzuela of Phoenix, and Robin Goshorn of Pensacola, Fla.; 12 grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren and a host of cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 2, at 1 p.m., at Welcome Nursing Home, with Rev. A. G. Miller presiding.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 30, 2003, p. 2.

Edward Joseph Galinsky
Edward Joseph Galinsky, 72, of Oberlin, died Oct. 1 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a long illness. [He was a 1942 graduate of Oberlin High School.]
Born in Elyria on April 21, 1923, he was a self-employed contractor for many years and also a farmer. He also was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church and enjoyed fishing and the outdoors.
Survivors include a daughter, Anita Galinsky of Oberlin; two sons, David Galinsky of Oberlin and Thomas Galinsky of Elyria; three grandchildren; a sister, Dorothy Hill of Oberlin; and a brother, Leon Galinsky of Jamesville, Wis.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Janet Galinsky.
Visitation will be from 204 and 709 p.m. at the Cowling Funeral Home in Oberlin. Funeral services will be held Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church with the Rev. William B. Padavick officiating. Burial will be in the Rockwood Cemetery in LaGrange.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, October 3, 1995, p. 3.

Pedro Luis Garcia Jr.
Columbus - Pedro Luis Garcia Jr. (Pete) of Columbus, Ohio died tragically on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
He was born on April 3, 1967 in Lorain, OH. He moved with his family to Oberlin, OH in 1977. Pedro, Jr. graduated from Oberlin high school in 1985 and attended Hampton University.
Pedro, Jr. was employed by Plaza Properties as a property manager. He enjoyed music, sports, and spending time with family and friends.
Pedro, Jr. is survived by twins Adonis and Amir Garcia of Lorain, OH and stepson, Vincent Ramirez, of Florida; father, Pedro Luis Garcia Sr. and mother, Roberta E. Garcia of Oberlin, OH; sister Samatra E. Garcia [OHS ‘89] of Las Vegas, NV; two nephews and one niece of Las Vegas, NV, and a host of aunts, uncles and cousins.
A Memorial Service will be held on Monday, September 17 at 1:00 p.m. at Greater Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 123 Oberlin Road, Elyria, OH where Pastor Elder Darrell Shumpert will officiate. A private committal service will be held for family members and his close friends.
Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Community Music School of the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, 77 West College Street, Oberlin, OH 44074.
Online condolences may be made to
The Morning Journal, Friday, September 14, 2012.

Nicholas Ralph Gardinier
Nicholas R. “Nick” Gardinier of 158 South Cedar, long-time Oberlin resident, died yesterday morning at Allen Hospital after a long illness. He was 77.
A memorial service will be held at Christ Church later. The body was cremated and the ashes will be buried at Deposit, New York, Mr. Gardinier’s birthplace.
A graduate of Oberlin High School in 1924 and Oberlin College in 1928, Mr. Gardinier was a self-employed insurance agent.
He was a member of Christ Church and had served as vestryman. He was a member for many years and had served as president of Oberlin Exchange Club; he was made an honorary life member when he became unable to attend meetings.
A Navy veteran of World War II, Mr. Gardinier saw combat service in both European and Pacific theatres. He was a member of Karl Wilson Locke Post American Legion. He was also a member of four Masonic organizations, Oberlin Lodge and Chapter and Elyria Council and Commandery.
Surviving Mr. Gardinier are his wife, the former Inez Mann; a sister, Margaret (Mrs. Lee) Rowe of Largo, Florida; and one brother, W. Ivan of Lancaster, New York.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 19, 1982, p. 2.
Nicholas R. Gardinier
A memorial service for Nicholas R. Gardinier is to be held today at 11 a.m. at Christ Church. Mr. Gardinier died Aug. 18 at Allen Hospital.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, September 2, 1982, p. 2.

Curtis L. Garn
Curtis L. Garn, 15, of Oberlin, died January 4, 2008 at Allen Community Hospital in Oberlin from injuries sustained after being hit by an automobile. He was born May 9, 1992 in Oberlin and was a lifelong Oberlin resident. Curtis was a freshman at Oberlin High School [class of 2011]. He enjoyed watching NASCAR racing and was a Jimmy Johnson fan. He was also a fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Survivors include his mother, Donna Garn of  LaGrange; father, Timmy Garn, Sr. of Oberlin; sisters, Katie Garn and Kimberly Garn, both of Oberlin; brother, Tinny Garn, Jr. of LaGrange; paternal grandparents, Elmer and Ina Garn of Oberlin; maternal grandparents, Art and Linda Bowman of LaGrange; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.
Friends may call Tuesday 4 to 7 P.M. at the Bauer-Laubenthal Funeral Home, Chestnut Ridge Rd. at State Rt. 57, Elyria. Services will be Wednesday at 11 A.M. in the funeral home. Burial will be at Brookdale Cemetery, Elyria. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Curtis L. Garn Memorial Fund at Lorain National Bank.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Monday, January 7, 2008.

Amelia N. Garrett
Amelia N. Garrett, 64, of Medina, sister of William Neumann of Oberlin, died Sept. 3 at Samaritan Health Care Center in Medina.
Born in Oberlin, she was a [1945] graduate of Oberlin High School and attended the Oberlin Business College. She had been a Medina County resident for 41 years.
Mrs. Garrett was employed at Tubbs Real Estate, was a legal secretary for Stephen Brown, William and Thomas Wolfe, and was clerk of York Twp. for 24 years. She also worked for 12 years for the Medina County Board of Elections and was deputy director of the Board of Elections for six years.
She was a member of York United Methodist Church, treasurer of the Medina County Republican Party, very active in the Ohio Farm Bureau Youth Council, and was a member of Eastern Stars, Litchfield chapter.
Other survivors include her husband, Corwin W.; sisters, Emogene Neumann of Strongsville and Margaret Graves of Allentown, Pa.; brother, Rudy Neumann of Wellington; 13 nieces and nephews; seven great-nieces and great-nephews; and one great-great-niece.
Services were Sunday afternoon in the Waite & Son Memorial Home, Medina, with the Rev. Dr. Galen Black officiating. Burial was in York Twp. Cemetery in Mallet Creek.
The family suggests that memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 740 E. Washington St., Medina 44256, or to York United Methodist Church, 6566 Norwalk Rd., Medina 44256, or the Erhart Fire and Rescue Squad.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 8, 1992, p. 2.

Mrs. Mildred Pettiford Gatlin
Ettrick -- Mrs. Mildred [Elnora] Pettiford Gatlin, a retired reading specialist with Petersburg Public Schools, widow of F. Nathaniel Gatlin Sr. [She was a 1932 graduate of OHS.]
Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Thursday, December 29, 1994, p. B-2.

Nalson Whiting Gatrell
Nalson W. Gatrell died Sept. 12[, 1972,] in Bonner Springs, Kan. He was born in Peking, China, Feb. 4, 1898, where his father was a physician and his mother (Helen Whiting, ’06) was an interpreter for the dowager empress.
Mr. Gatrell was a retired steamship executive with U.S. Lines. He was a lumber merchant in China from 1920 to 1928 and a steamship agent in Tientsin from 1928 to 1936. During WWI he left school to serve as a British officer in charge of Chinese forces working in France. During WWII he represented the U.S. Maritime Commission in Australia.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, January/February 1973, p. 57.

Dorothy Z. Gayer, Librarian
Dorothy Z. Gayer, 81, of Falmouth Road died Thursday at her residence.
She was born in Damascus, Ohio, daughter of John Carl and Florence Christine Delfs Zimmerman, attended Oberlin, Ohio, schools [OHS class of 1932], and was a graduate of Oberlin College. She received a librarian's degree at the University of Michigan.
Mrs. Gayer was a librarian in St. Louis, Bloomfield, Conn., and most recently for seven years in the Washington (D.C.) Public Library.
In 1978, she retired to her farm in Woodbury, Vt. She was also a homemaker for many years.
She was a member of the Unitarian Church in Montpelier, Vt., and was active in community affairs.
She enjoyed gardening and her farm.
In 1993, she moved here.
Her husband, H. Kenneth Gayer, died in 1991.
Surviving are four sons, Alan J. of Atlanta, Gordon K. of Cape Elizabeth, David A. of McLean, Va., and Peter D. Gayer of Forest, Va.; a daughter, Janet Hall of Raleigh, N.C.; a brother, Dr. John Zimmerman of Belleveu, Ohio; and 12 grandchildren.
A reception will be held at 7 p.m. today at Oceanview, 52 Falmouth Road. A memorial service will be be announced. Arrangements are by Hobbs Funeral Home, South Portland.
Portland Press Herald, Portland, Maine, Friday, December 6, 1996, p. 7B.

Dorothy Lana (Zimmerman) Gayer

Gayer, Dorothy Z., 81, formerly of South Woodbury, [Vermont,] died Dec. 5[, 1996]. She was born in Damascus, Ohio, the daughter of John Carl and Florence Christine (Delis) Zimmerman. She was educated in Ohio, graduating from Oberlin College, receiving her Librarian's Degree at the University of Michigan. In 1937, she married H. Kenneth Gayer. She served as a professional librarian in St. Louis, MO, Bloomfield, Conn. and most recently in the Washington, D.C. public library. In 1978, she retired with her husband to their farm in Woodbury. She was a member of the Unitarian Church in Montpelier. Her husband died in 1991 and she moved to Falmouth, Maine in 1993. Survivors include four sons, Alan, Gordon, David and Peer; one daughter, Janey Gayer Hall; one brother; 23 grandchildren.
Miscellaneous Washington County, Vermont Obituaries – 1997,

Gary G. Gayton
Gary G. Gayton, 32, former Oberlin police dispatcher, died Dec. 30 at Allen Memorial Hospital after a two-year illness.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., he lived in Oberlin most of his life and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1977.
He worked as a dispatcher for the Oberlin Police Department for two years before moving to Cleveland where he was a dispatcher for the Cleveland Metropolitan Housing Authority for four years.
He was formerly a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church where he sang in the choir.
Survivors include his parents, William and Elva Gayton of Oberlin; brothers, Ricardo of Phoenix, Ariz., Christopher and William, both of Oberlin, and Gilbert of San Diego, Calif.; and sisters, Valadia Madgett of Marietta, Ga., and Dawn of Oberlin.
Memorial services will be Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. at Christ Temple Apostolic Church, 370 Lincoln St. The Rev. Laurence E. Nevels, pastor, and the Rev. Sade Reynolds, pastor of Rust United Methodist Church, will officiate.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 9, 1990, p. 2.

Mrs. George Gebhardt, former resident, dies
Word has been received of the death Oct. 22 in Westport, Conn., of Mrs. George Gebhardt, former Oberlin resident. She was 55.
Mrs. Gebhardt, the former Cecelia Caskey, was the daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. William G. Caskey of Oberlin, graduated from Oberlin High School [in 1925] and attended Oberlin College.
Besides her husband Mrs. Gebhardt is survived by one son, Richard, New York City.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 14, 1963, p. 1

A. L. Gegenheimer
Arthur Conrad [Louis] Gegenheimer, 72, of Wolfcreek, Ore., formerly of Elyria, died Sunday in Wolfcreek after being stricken, apparently with a heart attack, at his home.
Mr. Gegenheimer was born in Kipton March 8, 1899, [graduated from OHS in 1916,] and had lived in Elyria until June, 1964, when he retired from Lorain-Cuyahoga Works, U.S. Steel Corp., after 42 years.
In Elyria he had been active in the First Baptist Church and the Church of the Open Door.
Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Thelma Wasson of Portland, Ore., Mrs. Juanita Pickett of Wolfcreek, Ore., and Mrs. Naomi Reynolds of Colorado Springs, Colo.; eight grandchildren and a great grandchild; and a sister, Mrs. Myrna Parrish of Elyria.
Graveside services will be held in Wolfcreek tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. Hull and Hull Mortuary of 612 N.W. A St., Grants Pass, Ore., has charge of arrangements.
The family suggest any memorial contributions be to the Wolfcreek Community Church, Wolfcreek, Ore.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, July 6, 1971, p. 12.

Carol J. Geiger

Oberlin -- Carol J. [Hurst] Geiger, 67, of Oberlin, died Friday, Aug. 19, 2005, at home, following a long illness.
She was born April 12, 1938, in Oberlin, [graduated from OHS in 1956,] and lived most of her life in the city.
She worked as a real estate agent for many years at Realty One in North Ridgeville.
She volunteered at Schoepfle Garden and the North Ridgeville Senior Center and enjoyed antiquing, gardening and her family.
Survivors include her son, Kurt A. Geiger of Stow; daughters Heidi Geiger-Milosovic of LaGrange, Gail A. Rogers of Oberlin and Fran M. Johnson of Tuxedo, Md.; sisters Virginia Bickel of Oberlin and Margaret Adler of Racine, Wis.; and five grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Glen Alan Geiger; her parents, Morris and Emma (nee Elmes) Hurst; brothers Donald Hurst and Melvin Charles Hurst; and sister Mary Jane Neumann.
Memorial gathering will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Cowling Funeral Home, 228 S. Main St., Oberlin. The Rev. Kevin Neumann will officiate.
Memorial contributions may be made to Schoepfle Garden, 12882 Diagonal Road, LaGrange, OH 44050; or American Cancer Society, 43099 N. Ridge Road, Elyria, OH 44035.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Wednesday, September 7, 2005.

Cordell Geiger Sr.
Lorain — Cordell Geiger Sr., 57, of Lorain, Ohio, passed away peacefully with his family at EMH Regional Medical Center of Elyria, following a short illness.
He was born in Columbia S.C., coming to Lorain, Ohio in 1961 [1971?] from Oberlin, Ohio [where he graduated from OHS in 1970]. He was employed at U.S. Steel as an oiler and he also worked for Ameri-Temp. He attended Muslim Services in Lorain, Ohio.
He enjoyed bike riding, fishing, and was a Black belt in Karate, he also enjoyed spending time with family and friends, especially with his nieces and nephews.
He is survived by his wife of 35 years: Bernetta (nee Taylor), sons: Cordell Geiger II, Morgan Geiger, mother: Nettie Duckson, sister: Edna Geiger, brother: Jerry Lewis George Sr., and 6 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his father: O'Dell Geiger, sister: Sandra, daughter: Tamara, and nephew: Jerry.
Friends may call on Tuesday, April 28th, 2009 from 1 until time of services at 2 p.m. in the Carter Funeral Homes, Inc. Chapel, 3001 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, Ohio. Apostle Terrance Bivins, Pastor of Worship Cathedral will officiate services. At the request of Family, Burial will be private. Online condolences can be sent to: or Professional Services Entrusted to: Dennis W. Carter — LFD and Carter Funeral Homes, Inc., 3001 Elyria Avenue, Lorain, Ohio 44055. (440) 244-5200.
The Morning Journal, Lorain, Ohio, Sat., April 25, 2009.

Laura May (Pelton) Geigley
Laura Pelton Geigley died June 5, 1983, of pneumonia and heart failure. She was born April 8, 1893, in Laramie, Wyom. After graduating from [OHS in 1911 and from] Oberlin [College in 1915] she taught for five years in Woodward, Okla., and Fargo, N.D., and then went to Inglewood, Calif. There she met and later married Warren Geigley, a salesman and entertainer who died in 1959.
Mrs. Geigley studied at Johns Hopkins, Wyoming U., and UCLA. She was a member of the Southern California Alumni Assn., and was former president, vice president and secretary of the Oberlin Women’s Club of Los Angeles. She belonged to the Women’s Society of the Methodist Church and AAUW.
Her sister, Nellie Allen ’12 [OHS ’08,] and brother, Lester ’11, are deceased.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, Winter 1984, p. 69.

Janet T. George
Janet T. George, 58, of Detroit, former Oberlin resident, died Aug. 20.
Born in Oberlin, she graduated from Oberlin High School in 1960.
She was a member of Christ Temple Church and sang in its senior choir.
She had last worked at the Franklin-Wright Settlement in Detroit.
She enjoyed fishing.
Survivors include a son, William C. Brown of Kentucky; a daughter, Davida L. Franklin of Detroit; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandson; brothers Robert D. Henry of Elyria and Albert S. George of California; and sisters Edith M. Williams of Oberlin and Dorothy M. Jennings of Cleveland.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Barbara J. Jennings; and her parents, William T. and Irene George.
Services were August 25 at the Cantrell Funeral Home in Detroit. The Carter Funeral Home, Elyria, handled local arrangements.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, September 21, 1991, p. 2.

Fern V. Georges
Fern V. Georges, 84, a retired public-health nurse who lived in Philadelphia for 60 years, died yesterday at her home in Mounty Airy.
Her late husband, Dr. Thomas W. Georges Sr., her daughter, Dr. Ferne G. Moore, and her son, Thomas W. Georges, all physicians, followed her into the field of public health.
She was active in women's club affairs at her church, the Wesley A.M.E. Zion Church at 15th and Lombard Streets.
She attended the Hospital Nursing School in Washington and was a public- health nurse in Oberlin, Ohio, before moving to Philadelphia in 1924.
She is survived by her daughter and her son.
Services: 11 a.m. Monday, Flemuel Brown Jr. Funeral Home, 60th and Catharine Streets.
The Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, PA, October 13, 1984, p. B06.

Mrs. Thomas Georges Sr.

Fern Thomas Georges, 84, former Oberlin resident and sister of Mrs. Lola Hamlin and Orville B. Thomas of Oberlin, died Oct. 12 in Philadelphia, Pa., after several years of illness.
After graduating from Oberlin High School [in 1919], she studied nursing and graduated from Freedman Hospital in Washington, D.C., in 1922. She then returned to Oberlin and worked as the public health nurse, often making home visits on a bicycle, and doing special duty nursing for the late Dr. Trufant. She had lived in Philadelphia since here marriage in 1924.
Her husband, Dr. Thomas W. Georges Sr., who died in 1982, her daughter, Dr. Ferne G. Moore, and her son, Thomas W. Georges, all were physicians and followed her in the field of public health.
In addition to her brother and sister in Oberlin and her children, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Roberta Coleman of Cleveland, several grandchildren, nieces and a nephew.
Services and burial, conducted by Rev. Cameron W. Jackson, pastor of Wesley AME Church, were in Philadelphia.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, October 25, 1984, p. 2.

Douglas Alan Gerber
Douglas Alan Gerber of Edgewood, Wash., formerly of Oberlin, died Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, Wash. He was 62.
Born Sept. 15, 1948, he graduated from Oberlin High School in 1966. He attended Ohio State University, then transferred to Santa Barbara College, where he excelled in basketball and earned an associate’s degree in 1970. He then attended St. Martin’s University in Olympia, Wash., where he continued playing basketball.
He worked for the United Parcel Service, then as a financial manager in auto sales throughout the Pacific Northwest.
He enjoyed cars, riding horses, and playing basketball, baseball, and golf.
Mr. Gerber is survived by his mother, Jeanne Gerber [OHS ‘44] of Oberlin; son Kenneth Alan Gerber of Olympia, Wash.; grandson, Trevor Gerber of Reno, Nevada; sisters Deborah (Greg) White [OHS ‘68] of North Ridgeville, Marsha (John) Messervey [OHS ‘70] of Edwards, Colo., Nancy Vengrow [OHS ‘71] of Flagler Beach, Fla., and Judy Gerber [OHS ‘73] (Robert Smith) of Gahanna, Ohio; brother, Thomas Gerber [OHS ‘78] of Kipton; long-time friend Sandi Krehbiel of Edgewood, Wash.; Frank “Chip” Miller of Orting, Wash., who he raised as a son; and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth William Gerber [OHS ‘44], and brother-in-law, Jeffery Vengrow.
Graveside services for family and friends will be held at Westwood Cemetery at 11 a.m., on Wednesday, Aug. 17, the Rev. Richard Kretchmar officiating.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 4, 2011, p. 7A.

Kenneth W. Gerber
Kenneth W. Gerber, 60, of Oberlin, died Sunday, after a long illness.
He was born in Oberlin and was a lifelong area resident[, graduating from Oberlin High School in 1944]. He was a self-employed general contractor.
He served in the army during World War II in the Philippines and was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1079, Elyria. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; sons, Douglas of Tumwater, Wash. and Thomas of Oberlin; daughters, Debbi White of Elyria, Marsha Messervey of Lake Forest, Ill., Nancy Black of Oberlin, and Judy Gerber of Gahanna, Ohio; a sister, Mrs. Dorothy Breuning of Oberlin; and nine grandchildren.
Services were Wednesday afternoon at the Cowling Funeral Home with Rev. Stanley Cote officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the ADRDA, 1801 Chestnut Hills Drive, Cleveland Heights, Ohio 44106
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, May 21, 1987, p. 2.

Raymond George Geres
Raymond George Geres, 60, of Vermilion, former Oberlin resident, died Nov. 11 at Lorain Community/St. Joseph Regional Health Center, Lorain, after an apparent heart attack.
Born in Lorain, he grew up in Oberlin and graduated from Oberlin High School in 1953. He then served in the Army during the Korean War. He later lived in Amherst, moving to Vermilion in 1969.
Mr. Geres was employed as a tow motor operator for the Ford Motor Company’s Lorain Assembly Plant for 35 years before retiring in 1994. Previously, he worked at American Ship Building in Lorain.
Mr. Geres was a member of UAW Local 425.
He enjoyed gardening, fishing, the outdoors, traveling, decorating with Christmas lights and art work.
Survivors include his wife of 37 years, Roseann (nee Mate); daughters Michele Geres of Lorain, Kelly Barth and Traci Geres, both of Vermilion; three grandchildren; a step-brother, William Lemley of Lorain; and a step sister, Charlotte Lothridge of Vermilion.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Virginia Geres; and his parents, Stephen and Maria Geres.
Private services were held in Vermilion on Nov. 15.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, November 19, 1996, p. 2.

Bernice Grace Gerrhartinger
Bernice Grace Gerhartinger (nee Glynn) of Rootstown died at Robinson Memorial Hospital in Ravenna on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2009. She was 88.
She was born April 13, 1921, in Pittsfield Township [and graduated from OHS in 1941].
She ws a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Oberlin and of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Rootstown. She enjoyed crocheting.
Mrs. Gerhartinger is survived by her son, Kenneth L. Gerhartinger of Rootstown; and granddaughter, Emily V. Gerhartinger of Rootstown. She was preceded in death by her husband, Francis P. Gerhartinger; and parents, John and Marion Glynn.
Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Elyria. Cowling Funeral Home handled local arrangements.
Memorial contributions may be made to any local branch of the Salvation Army. Online condolences may be made to
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 3, 2009, p. 2.

Died.  Charles N. Gerrish
Gerrish—At 3 o’clock a.m. July 28, 1900, Charles N. Gerrish, aged 35 years, 2 months and 14 days.
The deceased was the youngest son of the late Nathaniel and Harriet B. Gerrish, and a brother of William B. Gerrish, city engineer. He was born in the same house in which he died.
He was a [1885] graduate of Oberlin high school and studied in the Oberlin Business College, but on account of ill-health was unable to get hold of the work of life as he would have been glad to do. During the last few years, up to the time of the final failure of his health a few months ago, he was employed in this office whenever he was able to work. He was a member of the Baptist church and very conscientious.
Funeral services were held at the residence of his brother, 143 East College street, at 2 o’clock on Sunday afternoon, conducted by Prof. H. C. King.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 31, 1900, p. 1.

Gertrude D. Gibbs
Gertrude D. Gibbs, 62, a lifelong resident of Oberlin, died Jan. 8 at Allen Hospital after a long illness.
She was a licensed practical nurse employed by Allen Hospital and was a member of Christ Temple Apostolic Church.
She is survived by her husband of 43 years, Benton; a son, Craig of Jacksonville, Fla.; four daughters, Brenda Dean and Marsha Gibbs of Oberlin, Joanna Cash of Elyria and Paula Williams of Lorain; three sisters, Frances Bradley of Los Angeles, Calif., Ruth Payne of Oberlin and Genevieve Harris of New York City; a brother, Herbert Huffman of Oberlin; and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services were Saturday morning in Christ Temple Apostolic Church with the Rev. Laurence Nevels officiating. Burial was in Westwood Cemetery.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, January 16, 1986, p. 2.

Earl Walker Gibson
Earl “Pete” Walker Gibson, 71, of Oberlin, died March 4 at St. Joseph Hospital and Health Center, Lorain.
He was born in Russia Twp., [graduated from Oberlin High School in 1940,] and served in the Army during World War II. He worked at Thew Shovel in Lorain as a welder and at Anvel Industry, Wellington, also as a welder, retiring in 1984. In addition, he was a farmer.
Mr. Gibson is survived by his wife, Marguerite; a son, Robert E. of Gambier; two daughters, Earleen Loflin of Houston and Holly Gibson of Westlake; a stepson, Ken Gardner of Defiance; 10 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Services were Monday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Douglas Long officiating.
Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 9, 1993, p. 2.

Frances Peabody Gibson Dies At Pontiac, Mich.
Was Graduate of Oberlin High School and of Oberlin School of Commerce
Mrs. Frances Peabody Gibson, wife of Raymond Gibson, died in the Pontiac General Hospital, Pontiac, Michigan, Monday evening. Death was caused by complications following pneumonia. Besides her husband Mrs. Gibson is survived by her twin son and daughter, Robert and Ruth, age 14; and a brother, Harlan Peabody of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mrs. Carmel Sage of Oberlin is a sister-in-law.
Mrs. Gibson was a [1905] graduate of Oberlin High School and of the Oberlin School of Commerce. She was employed for several years in Mr. Burgner’s office. After her marriage she lived for a time in Elyria and then moved to Pontiac.
Funeral services were held at the Sedgeman Parlors Thursday afternoon with Rev. Louis E. Daniels officiating. Burial was made in Westwood.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, April 22, 1938, p. 1.

Mrs. Mabel Gibson, 84
Mrs. Thomas L. Gibson (Myra Mabel Fauver), 84, died in Allen Memorial hospital, Oberlin, Ohio, on November 8,1962, after a short illness. She had lived in Oberlin for 65 years.
Mrs. Gibson was born in North Eaton, Ohio, on September 17, 1878. She [graduated from OHS in 1896 and] had one year in the Oberlin Academy before she enrolled in the college. After her graduation in 1901 she taught for four years in public schools in Oberlin, in Luverne, Minnesota, and in Lorain, Ohio. She received an M.A. from Oberlin in 1917.
On June 19, 1905, she and Thomas Lynn Gibson, a civil engineer, were married. He was Lorain County Engineer. He died in 1915.
Mrs. Gibson taught in the local schools. She was principal of the Pleasant Street School, then went to the high school where she taught American history and civics until her retirement in 1940.
At that time a tribute was published in the Oberlin News-Tribune, written by Miss Priscilla Lord, ’25, who had been a pupil of Mrs. Gibson. Miss Lord said, in part, “A combination of the qualities of fair play, good sense, sympathy, and kindness endeared Mrs. Gibson to her pupils. Countless numbers of students think of her not only as a very fine teacher, but as a very dear friend.”
Mrs. Gibson is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Emmett Thompson of Oberlin and Mrs. Miles Conrad of Wayne, Pennsylvania, and two grandchildren.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, January 1963, p. 31.

Frances M. Gifford

Frances M. Gifford, 84, retired Cleveland schoolteacher, died Dec. 7 at Elyria Memorial Hospital.
Born in Camden, she graduated from [OHS in 1926,] Oberlin College and Case Western Reserve University.
Miss Gifford taught many years at Patrick Henry Junior High School, Cleveland, where she was chairman of the mathematics department.
She lived most of her life in Cleveland and resided seven years at Elyria United Methodist Home.
Survivors include a cousin, Jean Bishop of Savannah.
Miss Gifford was preceded in death by sisters, Isabelle and Stacy.
Services and burial were conducted under the direction of Fioritto Funeral Home, Lyndhurst.
Memorials may be made to Epworth Euclid Methodist Church, Cleveland.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Tuesday, December 17, 1991, p. C-2.

David A. Gilbert
David A. Gilbert, 35, of Oberlin, died unexpectedly at his home on Sunday, Jan. 7.
Born in Las Vegas, Nev., he lived in Oberlin most of his life.
He was a self-employed painter.
Following his graduation from Oberlin High School in 1973, he studied at a gunsmithing school in Denver two years.
He was a member of the National Rifle Association.
Survivors include his parents, Richard and Norma Gilbert of Oberlin; a brother, Michael of Oberlin; a sister, Patricia of Olmsted Twp.; and his fiancé, Kate Harris of Ann Arbor, Mich.
Services were Thursday morning in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Daniel Sheppard officiating. Burial was in Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Lorain.
The family suggests contributions in memory of Mr. Gilbert be made to the Epileptic Foundation.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 16, 1990, p. 2.

Mrs. Clyde Gilbert
Harriet Gilbert, 77, of 48 N. Cedar died in the Welcome Nursing Home Monday afternoon. She had been in poor health.
Born in Fitchville on Dec. 30, 1895, she was an area resident most of her life and a graduate of [Oberlin High School in 1914 and of] the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music.
She was a member of the Oberlin College Faculty Wives, the Literary and Social Club, the Oberlin Health Commission, and the Allen Hospital Auxiliary. A member of the First United Methodist Church, she was extremely active in church activities.
Surviving are two sons, Richard, 140 N. Prospect, and Donald, 10 Hawthorne; and six grandchildren. Her husband, Clyde, died in 1958.
Funeral services were held yesterday in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Donald Yaussy officiating. Burial was in Fitchville Cemetery.
The family suggests memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, December 6, 1973, p. 9.

Jennifer Marie Gilbert
Jennifer Marie Gilbert, 29, formally of Oberlin [and a 2000 graduate of OHS], was received into the loving arms of her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, at Hospice of Cape Coral, Florida following a brief illness. She was born December 15, 1983, in Elyria and lived most her life in Oberlin before moving to Fort Myers, Florida in 2006.
Jennifer is survived by her daughter, Destiny Baker of Fort Myers, Florida; son, Francisco Freddie Guevara of Fort Myers, Florida; mother, Kathy (Dwayne) Crumb of Fort Myers, Florida; father, Michael (Nadine) Gilbert of Lorain; brothers, Jason (Jenna) Gilbert of Olmsted Falls, Jonathan Gilbert of Fort Myers, Florida, Michael Taylor of Miami, Florida, and Michael Janik of North Ridgeville; sister, Mary Jo Janik of North Ridgeville; along with many nieces, nephews, cousins, aunts, uncles and lifelong friends.
A Memorial service to celebrate Jennifer’s life will be held Saturday, October 13, 2012, at 1 P.M., at Rust United Methodist Church, 128 Groveland Street, Oberlin, OH 44074.
The Chronicle-Telegram, Elyria, Ohio, Wednesday, October 10, 2012.

Laurence R. Gilbert
Laurence R. Gilbert, 35, son of Mr. and Mrs. Donald L. Gilbert of Oberlin, died in Boston on March 14 after a long illness.
Mr. Gilbert was a professional violinist whose teachers included Dorothy Mauney, formerly of Oberlin, David Cerone of the Cleveland Institute of Music, Andor Toth of the Oberlin Conservatory and Dorothy Delay at the Juilliard School. [He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1974.]
He played with the San Francisco Opera Orchestra for three seasons and then lived abroad where he freelanced in Paris, Amsterdam and West Berlin. He moved to Boston in 1988.
Survivors also include a twin sister, Mrs. James Clark of Oberlin; a brother, John L. Gilbert of Decatur, Ga.; his aunt and uncle, Mr. and Mrs. C.R. Gilbert of Oberlin; two cousins and four nephews.
A memorial concert will be given later this year in Boston by his friends.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, March 17, 1992, p. 2.

In Lorain, August 11, 1893, Winifred E. Gilbert, aged 17 years, 0 months and 20 days
The deceased was the eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. P.M. Gilbert, for many years residents of Oberlin, the family moving to Lorain a few weeks since. She graduated from Oberlin High School last June with great credit and was a member of the Second Congregational church of Oberlin. She was a girl of most estimable disposition and a bright scholar. The remains were brought to Oberlin last Saturday and the funeral held in the Sabbath school room of the Second church, where appropriate addresses were made by Prof. J. M. Ellis and Prof. W. B. Chamberlain. The music was furnished by Prof. and Mrs. Rice, Mrs. Prof. Chamberlain and E. P. Johnson. Members of her class acted as pall-bearers and there was a beautiful floral tribute from friends.
Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert have the sympathy of their many friends.
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 17, 1893, p. 8.

Prof. H. Harry Giles
Husband of former Mary Albright
H. Harry Giles, husband of Mary (Albright) Giles, of 1154 Main Road, Westport, died June 29 after a long illness.
Born in Oberlin, Ohio, [where he graduate from OHS in 1919,] he was the son of the late Harry Edmund Giles and the late Florence (Cherry) Giles.
Professor Giles was a distinguished educator, and author, of several books and numerous articles on education and human development and race relations. He was a member of the board of trustees of Goddard College and of Stockbridge School, chief advisor on program development and social relations at New York University and a past chapter president of the American Association of University Professors.
Besides his widow, he is survived by two sons, Dr. Lawrence Giles of Madison, Wis., and Gordon E. Giles of Scottsdale, Ariz.; two daughters, Mrs. Patricia Keepman of Madison, Wis., and Mrs. Ann Benson of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Memorial services will be held at Westport Friends Meeting House, Central Village, and in New York City.
Herald News, Fall River, Mass., Wednesday, July 3, 1974, p. 2.

Tod Gilford
Tod Gilford, 53, of San Francisco, former Oberlin resident, died Oct. 27, from a heart condition.
Mr. Gilford graduated from Oberlin High School in 1963 and attended the University of Wisconsin for a year before moving to San Francisco.
He loved photography and had a studio specializing in black and white portraits in San Francisco.
Survivors include his wife, Sandy; daughter Talia, 12, and son, Nathaniel, 9; brothers Mark and Peter Gilford; a sister, Beth, and half-sister, Hilary.
Memorial donations may be made to the Saul R. Guilford Scholarship Fund of Oberlin College or to the Endowment Fund of the Oberlin Public Schools.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, November 17, 1998, p. 2.

Edith Riggs Gillet
Edith Riggs Gillet, k, died April 6[, 1974,] at Rose Villa, Milwaukie, Ore., a retirement community where she and her husband, Ira, ’15, had been living since 1963.
Mrs. Gillet was born at Ghaziantep, Turkey, Sept. 11, 1889[, and graduated from OHS in 1909 and was a member of the Oberlin College class of 1912]. Her father, Rev. C. W. Riggs who graduated from the Seminary in 1897, and her mother were missionaries as were all her grandparents. Her paternal grandfather, Elias, was a pioneer missionary translator. Her family moved to Oberlin when she was a child.
Prior to her marriage in 1918, when her husband received his B.D. from Oberlin, Mrs. Gillet taught at Bellevue, Ohio, and studied at what is now New York Theological Seminary.
The Gillets were Methodist missionaries in Mozambique and in the Union of South Africa from 1918 to 1959. Most of their work was with the Bantu tribes of the African bush. From 1959 to 1963 they lived at Corvallis, Ore. Mrs. Gillet leaves her husband.
The Oberlin Alumni Magazine, Oberlin, Ohio, May/June 1974, p. 45.

A Young Girl Burned to Death [Ellen Gillett]
The Danger of Kindling Fires with Kerosene
A little after ten o’clock on Thursday morning, Mr. Gillett’s daughter Ellen, a girl of sixteen years of age, was most horribly burned, so that she died a few hours afterward. She attempted to kindle a fire for cooking, and to hasten the fire she poured upon the wood some kerosene oil. There must have been in the stove a few embers of the morning’s fire, for the oil at once flashed up to the can, exploding it with great violence. The burning oil was thrown over the poor girl setting fire to her clothes and forcing screams from her which alarmed the people of the neighborhood. The window glass of the kitchen was all blown out by the explosion; fire also filled the room threatening the destruction of the house, so a general firealarm was sounded. Mrs. Gillett threw water over her daughter, but it had little effect. The clothes were soon burnt from her body, which was blackened and charred. Little could be done for the poor sufferer, though nothing was spared which promised any relief. Death in this case must have been a welcome visitor at that home.
Deaths from the misuse of kerosene are of daily occurrence; but it requires a home-lesson, like the one of Thursday, to impress on the minds of many how much suffering may be caused by a moment’s carelessness.
At the last [of the high school graduation exercises held June 2, 1871,] was read a tribute to Ellen Gillett, the schoolmate who was burned to death the preceding day. This was the offering of Abbie Stone.
The Lorain County News, Oberlin, Ohio, Friday, June 2, 1871, p. 3 and Thursday, June 8, 1871, p. 3.

Gleason Funeral Arrangements Pending
No definite arrangements had been made for the Richard B. Gleason funereal at the time this newspaper went to press, Wednesday evening.
Pfc. Gleason’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. W. Gleason, plan that services will be held at their home, 152 E. College and burial will be in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst. But there will be no other plans until they are notified as to the arrival of their son’s body.
Pfc. Gleason and another soldier both died in Alaska on July 27 as the result of methanol poisoning. No word has been received as to the circumstances of the poisoning, but a Lorain friend of the Gleasons now visiting in Anchorage, Alaska, has reported to them by telephone that the two soldiers became ill on July 26 and were taken by emergency flight to the hospital at Camp Richardson, near Anchorage, where Pfc. Gleason died at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 27. His companion died during the flight.
Believe Body on Way
It is believed that the body is being flown to Tacoma, Wash., and from there will come to Oberlin by train, with a military escort.
Pfc. Gleason was serving with the 3rd Armored Division, U.S.A., attached to an air force unit, at an unnamed location 150 air miles north of Elmendorf. He had been on duty there since the first of this year, following [an enlistment] into the army Aug. 4 of last year.
Born July 24, 1933, in South Amherst, Dick attended grade school there and high school in Oberlin, his family having moved here in 1948. He was treasurer of the graduating class of 1952, and president of the Hi-Y that year. He won varsity letters in football, basketball and track. He was a member of First Church, and attended Hiram College for one year before being drafted.
His family celebrated Dick’s 21st birthday in his absence, the brief holiday leave at home after five months of basic training at Fort Knox, Ky. He was inducted Saturday evening before his death, with two girl guests from overseas to help enjoy the cake and candles. They were exchange students from Holland and Switzerland, from a group of 30 who spent the weekend in Lorain. Mr. Gleason, an official at Thew Shovel Co. in Lorain, was on the committee which planned their visit.
Writes of Birthday Presents
The last letter received by the Gleasons from Dick thanked them for a light meter they had sent for his birthday, and spoke of how much he was looking forward to receiving a hunting rifle he had ordered. He had been doing a lot of hiking, picture taking and hunting in Alaska, and had become very interested in the treating of furs. But he wrote that the rainy season had set in, and that life in the army there was “a nightmare” during that season. It interfered with his plan to hike to visit an Eskimo village. While waiting for the weather to clear, he was thinking of building a boat. The letter was written on July 21.
His family received word of his death, in a telegram from the adjutant general, on July 28.
He is survived by his parents and a brother, Robert.

Voice from the Cellar [by Charles A. Mosher]
Dick Gleason
July 24, 1933 – July 27, 1954
His years were few, but they were good years. He knew the love of a close, affectionate family relationship, the joy of having a father and mother and brother and grandparents who loved him, understood him and were proud of him, they were his good companions. Until last fall, since Dick was 10 he and his dad had not missed a hunting trip together on the opening day of the pheasant season.
He knew the joy of other good companions. An easy going, courteous, good humored, friendly, “right guy” sort of boy, he had many friends.
He knew the joy of being engaged to one of Oberlin’s most attractive girls.
He knew the joy of successful participation and the joy of leadership. He was on the OHS varsity football, basketball and track teams. He was president of the Hi-Y, treasurer of his class, chosen to the county all-star basketball squad, was an alternate representative to Ohio Boys State and represented Oberlin at the all-Ohio Youth Conference at Camp Nelson Dodd. He accepted responsibility, and could be depended on to do his part well. He was respected by every one as a good person.
He knew the beauty of nature. He loved to hike in the woods, to take pictures, to hunt and fish.
He knew the satisfaction of having a job; many will remember him as an employee at Janby Oil. He knew the thrill of going away to college; he attended Hiram for a year before being called into the army. He knew the duty of service to his country. He died while in that service.
When one so young, so full of rich promise dies, it is impossible to be reconciled. Such a death is forever tragic.
And it is ironic, too, that the son of parents who have done so much for other young people, should be the one to die. As president of the Oberlin school board, and previously as member and clerk of the South Amherst board, as recent president and long active member of the Kiwanis club in Lorain, as an active churchman, as a guiding spirit behind Junior Achievement and other youth groups, as chairman of the county-wide citizens committee which is now working for improved county detention home facilities, as the person primarily responsible for Oberlin’s participation this next school year in the foreign exchange student program…in all these ways, and more, Dick Gleason, Sr., in his quiet but effective way constantly has given time and energy for young people. And Mrs. Gleason has been his sympathetic and inspiring partner in these ventures. It was just three days before young Dick’s death that they celebrated his 21st birthday, with cake, candles and all, having as weekend guests two exchange students from Switzerland and The Netherlands.
Yes, a tragic, ironic death. And yet there is this comfort, Dick lived [twenty-one] years, he lived well and happily. He knew much joy and good companionship. He will not need to face the cares and anxieties, the many disappointments, dissension, frustrations and loneliness that most of us know in later years.
Dick’s death leaves a painful emptiness in the hearts of his family and friends. And yet there remains much joy and comfort in the fact that no one can regret he lived. There is nothing but gratitude that he lived so happily and helpfully. Dick’s years were few, but they were good years…and all our memories of him are good memories.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 12, 1954, p. 1.

Gleason Funeral Is Held Tuesday
Services for Pfc. Richard B. Gleason were held at the R. W. Gleason home, 152 E. College, Tuesday morning at 10:30, conducted by Rev. J. F. King and Rev. T. S. Kepler. Interment was in Evergreen Cemetery, South Amherst.
Pfc. Gleason died at Camp Richardson, Alaska, on July 27. His body was brought to Oberlin last Saturday evening, escorted by A/1c Edward Jones.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Thursday, August 12, 1954, p. 1.

Died – Glenn
At the family residence, No. 38 North Prospect street, at 2 o’clock a.m. July 16th, 1901, Mrs. Willie May Glenn [nee Chambers], wife of Charles H. Glenn – aged 31 years. [She graduated from OHS in 1889.]
The Oberlin News, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, July 16, 1901, p. 1.

Douglas A. Glime
Douglas A. Glime, 36, of Florence, was pronounced dead at Allen Memorial Hospital of injuries received in a two-car accident west of Oberlin on Dec. 31.
Born in Oberlin, he was a lifelong area resident. He graduated from Oberlin High School in 1972 and attended Lorain County Community College.
He was a farmer and builder, restoring houses in Oberlin for rentals. He loved music.
Survivors include his parents, Bernard “Bob” and Joyce Glime of Henrietta; brothers, Bernard “Bernie” of Oberlin, David of Henrietta, and Steve of Tulsa, Okla.; a sister, Angela of Henrietta; and a grandmother, Gladys Glime of Florence.
Services were Jan. 5 in the Cowling Funeral Home with the Rev. Richard Harper, pastor of Birmingham United Methodist Church, officiating. Burial was in Birmingham Cemetery.
The family suggests that contributions in memory of Mr. Glime be made to the Future Farmers of America, in care of Firelands High School, 10643 Vermilion Rd., Oberlin 44074.
Oberlin News-Tribune, Oberlin, Ohio, Tuesday, January 9, 1990, p. 2.