Gilley F. Christian, 87, of Amherst, died Saturday, March 9, 2013, at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, following a prolonged illness.
He was born March 7, 1926, in Newhall, W.Va. In 1948, Gilley moved to Lorain and then Amherst in 1950, where he made his permanent home.
Gilley proudly served in the U.S. Army during World War II in the 32nd Red Arrow Division, Company K in the 126 Infantry Regimental combat team. He also served in the Korean Conflict for 12 years and later with the National Guard.
Gilley was employed as a machinist at Parker Hannifin (formerly Perry Fay) for 29 years before retiring in 1988. He was also employed at National Tube in Lorain and U.S. Automatic in Amherst.
During his retirement, Gilley was an active employee of Hempel Funeral Home for many years.
He was a member of Family Fellowship Foursquare Church in Amherst. Gilley served as a deacon and head usher and was on the Youth for Christ board of directors.
Gilley leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 62 years, Evelyn C. Christian (nee Dayton); children Gregory L. and Dana Christian of Amherst, Dianne Tkach and her husband Roland of Wakeman, and Elaine North and her husband Wayne of Amherst; four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; and brothe,r Robert Pearman of Florida.
He was preceded in death by his sister, Phyllis Justice; father, Perry B. Christian; mother, Fannie Johnson (nee Davis) and his step-father, Walter Johnson; and brothers Calvin Christian and Thomas Christian.
Services were held Wednesday, March 13 at Hempel Funeral Home, Amherst, with the Rev. Mark Giaimo of Family Fellowship Foursquare Church officiating. Burial will follow at Ridge Hill Memorial Park, Amherst.
The family suggests that memorial contributions be made to Family Foursquare Church, Attn: Building Fund, 780 Cooper Foster Park Rd., Amherst, OH 44001.
Additional information and online register book are available at www.hempelfuneralhome.com.
Hempel Funeral Home - Amherst
373 Cleveland Avenue Amherst, OH 44001
Published in The Amherst News-Times on Mar. 14, 2013