CASSTOWN - Charles H. Gillis, 74, of Casstown, Ohio, passed away Monday, July 1, 2013, at the Upper Valley Medical Center, Troy.
He was born February 28, 1939, in Troy, Ohio, to the late Charles F. and Evelyn E. (Steinemann) Gillis. His first wife, Edith J. "Jerry" (Weaver) Gillis, preceded him in death in 2001. He later married Jean (Case) Hess Gillis, and she survives.
In addition to his wife, Jean, Charles is survived by his daughters and sons-in-law, Susan and Keith Raymond of Cincinnati, Betty Patterson of Hilliard, Harriettea Gillis of Troy, Donniettea and Fred Lehman of Troy, Charlette and Mike Slack of Troy and Evelyn Gillis Shellhaas and Alex Shellhaas of Huber Heights; sons and daughters-in-law, Paul Kessler Jr. and Lee Kessler of West Milton and Michael Shane Gillis and Mary Handy of Connersville, Ind.; sisters, Marilyn Henline of St. Marys and Barbara Cropp of Ft. Worth, Texas; uncle, Alva J. Gillis of Texas; 16 grandchildren, Jessica, Diane (Jerry), Lisa, Jon, Nikki, Michael Jr. (Melissa), Katie, Jennifer, Ryan, Billy, Tony, Angie, Ashley, Dustin (Elizabeth), Ethan, and Jake; and twelve great-grandchildren: Kearston, Dillon, Khloe, Bryce, Landen, Joey, Edith, Zoe, RaeLynn, Gabe, Jalissa and Tre. He is also survived by his four step children, Tammie (Steve) Hoover of Troy, Rhonda Hess of Miamisburg, Nicholas (Heidi) Hess of Casstown and Mark (Lisa) Hess of Bradford; six step grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.
Charles was preceded in death by his parents and his first wife, Edith.
He was a graduate of Troy High School and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran having served from 1957-1961.
He was a former member of the Troy Moose Lodge, and a lifetime member of AMVETS Post No. 88.
He was a formerly employed as a drill press operator with French Oil Company and later worked at Liberty Tool Company, retiring in 2001.
Charles enjoyed deer hunting, fishing, and playing bingo.
Services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, July 5, 2013, at Baird Funeral Home, Troy. (Due to construction, please enter North Market Street from the North near Sherwood Center.) Interment will follow in Riverside Cemetery, Troy, with Veterans Memorial Honor Guard services at the graveside. Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Patrick Catholic Church Soup Kitchen, 409 East Main Street, Troy, Ohio 45373.
Friends may express condolences to the family through www.bairdfuneralhome.com.
Baird Funeral Home
555 N. Market St. Troy, OH 45373