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Clarence R. Mathews, age 85, of Galion, passed away Sunday morning, April 12, 2015, at the Morrow Manor Nursing Center. He was born on December 27, 1929 to the late Emmett and Blanche (Patrick) Mathews in Delaware County. Clarence graduated from Chesterville High School in the class of 1948. Shortly after high school Clarence enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He served state side during the Korean War. While stationed in San Diego, CA Clarence earned the rank of Corporal and was the instructor for the Camp Mathews rifle range. Clarence served his country proudly until his honorable discharge in 1953. In 1953, Clarence married the late Maxine A. Sterritt. In 1979, Clarence found a second chance for love when he married the late Janet Gerhart. For 35 years Clarence worked hard as tool and die maker for General Motors until his retirement. He truly took pride in his work. After working a long day in the shop he would come home and do the chores on his farm growing corn and beans. Clarence always had an eye on real estate. Sometimes he found such a good deal he would buy the house himself to fix it up and flip it. When Clarence wasn't working, you could find him enjoying the outdoors. He loved going to auctions, coon hunt with his dogs, and mushroom hunting. Clarence also enjoyed watching the planes fly over his house by the airport or especially at the Dayton Air Show. Clarence was a lifelong member of the American Legion, Scarbough Post 243 in Galion, AMVETS Post 87, and Galion Moose lodge 303. Most of all Clarence loved spending time with his grandkids and great grandkids. He will be dearly missed by his son, Ron (Linda) Mathews of Galion; daughter, Terri (Jack) Wilson of Mount Gilead; step daughters: Melody (Dean) Levering of Caledonia and Laura (Russ) Ghent of Florida; 12 grandchildren: Crissy (Rory) Burgin of Mt. Sterling, Bobbi Jo (Bob) Everly of Galion, Nikki (Tim) Swalley of Mount Gilead, Stacy (Shane) Gabriel of Galion, Lindsay (Jon) Fetter of Marion, Tyler (Brittany) Levering of Caledonia, Austin Levering of Caledonia, Quinn Levering of Caledonia, Ben (Rosi) Neumann of Florida, Brittany (Cody) Frasure of Covington, Zachary Thomas of Florida, and Sonia Fry of Marion; 14 great grandchildren; numerous nieces and nephews; and all of his friends and the wonderful staff at Morrow Manor. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; wife; grandson, Tony Mathews; step daughter, Lisa Thomas; brother, Kenneth Mathews; and sisters: Juanita Snyder and Mary Deckling. His family will greet friends from 4 to 7 PM on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. A celebration of life will be held there at 11 AM on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 with Chaplin Pam Lamb-Hart officiating. Burial will take place in Maple Grove Cemetery with full military honors provided by the active duty Marines and the local VFW Post 8054 and AMVETS Post 87 Honor Guard. If desired, memorial contributions may be made to Morrow Manor: Pathways Unit or to the Alzheimer's Association and may be sent to the care of the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead are honored to have been chosen to serve Clarence's family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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After 94 eventful years, Raymond Medrano has left us and gone on to the hereafter. Raymond was born in Ft. Worth, TX on March 15th, 1921 and left this world on March 27, 2015. His father, Petronilo Medrano and mother, Maria Petra Lopez Medrano, were some of the first wave of Mexican immigrants to the United States. Petronilo worked in the copper mines in Colorado before settling his family in Galion joining other relatives. Although the 1920's were high employment years in Galion, Ray said that during the Depression of the 30's, they had to get coal from the Erie RR coal cars parked by the house on Harding Way East to survive the Ohio winters. Ray graduated from Galion High School in 1938. After working in local industries, during WW II, Ray and a Galion friend, Max Hofmeister signed up to be civilian workers at the Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard in Honolulu, HA. After receiving training in Mare Island in Richmond, CA, Ray was on a Liberty Ship to Honolulu. There, he helped to fix and maintain Navy warships and sea vessels. Also, during his Hawaii years, Raymond under his boxing name, Joe Medrano, honed his boxing skills and in 1945 achieved the CYO American Athletic Union (AAU) welterweight champion of the Hawaiian Islands. One of his sparring partners was "Bobo" Olson who later had three professional fights with champion Sugar Ray Robinson. After returning to Galion in 1949, Ray helped train boxers at Galion High School. He worked in local industries including Hercules, Peabody and Malo Brothers. In 1960, Raymond married Maria Aranda Liscano who preceded him in death in 1989. In 1999, Ray married Gloria Hardman who passed away in 2012. Ray loved to read and cultivated a garden for many years. He was a member of the former St. Patrick's and St. Joseph's Catholic church and a member of the Knights of Columbus. During Ray's final last years, with the assistance and companionship of his step-son, Michael, he enjoyed connecting and reuniting with old and new Galion friends, dancing at the Moose and other local clubs, going to Ohio State basketball games, and celebrating the food, music and old-world ambience at Galion's Mexican restaurant. Ray was preceded in death by his brother's Salvador, Alex, and Manuel (who fought at the Battle of the Bulge). He is survived by his step-children, Connie Liscano Pearce (David) of Corpus Christi, TX, Michael Liscano in Galion, and Robert Liscano of San Ramon, CA, and six step-grandchildren and seven step-great grandchildren. Family will receive friends from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion. This will be followed by a Memorial Mass celebrated at 10:30 a.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 135 North Liberty St., Galion with Father John Miller as Celebrant. Interment will be at the Mt. Calvary Cemetery. Following will be a luncheon for friends and family at the St. Joseph's Activity Center. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to St. Joseph's Catholic Church, the Galion Public Library or the charity of your choice in care of the funeral home. Snyder Funeral Home Richardson Davis Chapel in Galion is honored to serve the family of Raymond Medrano, and condolences may be made to them at www.SnyderFuneralHomes.com.
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Weldon L. "Bud" Martin, 89, of Galion, died April 9, 2015. Born February 1, 1926 in Connersville, IN, he was the son or Ernest and Florence (McGatha) Martin. A Navy veteran, Bud retired from Columbia Gas after many years of work. In his free time, he loved to golf and enjoyed riding his motorcycle. Bud was a member of the Galion American Legion, Amvets, and VFW, where he loved playing cards. Surviving are his daughter, JoAnn Richards of Sylvania, OH; son, David (Gail) Martin of West Harrison, IN; daughter-in-law, Sue Martin of Bellville; step-daughter, Kathleen Cunningham of Columbus, OH; grandchildren, Michael Richards, Mary Richards, Mark Richards, Jeffrey (Rishelle) Martin, Lindsay (Michael) Ditton, Brian (Suzy) Martin, and Joseph Martin; great-grandchildren, Nicholas, Michael, Matthew, and Tyler Martin; and several nieces and nephews. Along with his parents, Ernest Martin and Florence Mathias, Bud was preceded in death by his wife, Naomi "Sis" Martin; son, Michael Martin; and sister, Wanda Case. Funeral services will be held Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ontario Home of Wappner Funeral Directors, 100 S. Lexington Springmill Road, Ontario. Family and friends are invited to visit for one hour prior to the service, from 1-2 p.m Burial will follow in Mt. Calvary/Fairview Cemetery in Galion. Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care ProMedica, 5520 Monroe Street, Sylvania, OH 43560. Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com.
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