Edward L. Gall

October 14, 1925 ‒ March 01, 2011

Butler, Ohio

BUTLER: Edward L. Gall, 85, of Butler, passed away after a short illness Tuesday, March 1, 2011, at Lexington Court Care Center, Lexington, Ohio. He was born in Lorain on October 14, 1925.

A graduate of Lorain High School, Ed enlisted in the Army Air Corps in November 1943, entered flight school, and earned his wings in May 1945. He served in the occupation of Japan, and continued to serve his country in the Ohio Air National Guard with the 164th Fighter Squadron at Mansfield Lahm Air Base, flying F-84 and F-86 fighter aircraft. Dirty Ed, as he was fondly nicknamed, was his unit’s Flight Commander and Squadron Operations Officer until he retired in 1972 with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. While serving in the OANG, Ed was employed at BF Goodrich in Avon Lake and retired in 1982 as Senior Lab Technician.

Ed was a member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Lorain, and then Grace Lutheran Church in Oberlin. He became a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Mansfield serving as an usher, and a member of the church council and stewardship committee.

Survivors include his daughters Jean Gall of Mansfield, Jo Ann Gall of Oberlin, and Ruth (Ken) Rueter of Richland, Washington, his sons Glenn (Susan) Gall of Oberlin, John (Debora) Gall of Oberlin, and George Gall of Amherst, 15 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren, and a very close friend Laverne Airhart of Mansfield.

He was preceded in death by his wife Mamie (nee Wray) in 1994, his parents Louis and Kathe Gall of Lorain, his sister Georgene Crobar of Avon, and half sister Margaret Gauman of Oberlin.

A Memorial Celebration Service will be held Saturday, March 5, 2011 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 525 West Cook Rd., Mansfield, OH 44907. Visitation with the family will begin at 10am in the parlor, with the service to begin at 11am. The Rev. Dr. Pentti Maki will officiate, and military honors will follow at the church. As Edward’s final contribution, he bequeathed his body to The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Shadow Flight, 2308 Crider Rd, Mansfield, OH 44903 or Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.

The Lexington Avenue Snyder Funeral Home is serving the family with arrangements and condolences can be made at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.