Gayle R. Whitney

May 24, 1936 ‒ January 23, 2018

Galion, Ohio

Gayle R. Whitney, 81, of Galion passed away Tuesday morning, January 23, 2018 at Mill Creek Nursing Center in Galion.

He was born May 24, 1936 in Chesterville and was the son of Harold and Iris Marie (Canterbury) Whitney. Gayle is survived by his wife of 49 years, Carol J. (Biglin) Whitney whom he married on December 13, 1968.

Gayle graduated from Chesterville High School in 1954 and proudly served his country in the United States Air Force. He worked as a mason in the Galion area for many years and later with the City of Galion in the water treatment plant retiring in 2006. Gayle was a member of the B.P.O. Elks Galion Lodge 1191, American Legion Scarbrough Post 243 and AMVETS Polk Township Post 1979 all of Galion. He enjoyed golfing at Valley View in Galion for many years and participated in several different golf leagues.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters Julia (Paul) Redlin of Spokane, Washington and Valerie (Craig) Richardson of Bloomville; son Robert (LeighAnn) Whitney of Fort Jennings, Ohio; six grandchildren Evan Redlin, Carter Richardson, Haley Phelps, Chelsea, Owen and Sydney Whitney; two sisters Mary Ann (Vernon) Trimmer of Cardington and Jean (Lloyd) Cook of Galion and a brother Bruce (Pam) Whitney of Newark, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother Jerry Whitney.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Thursday, January 25, 2018 at Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes, 218 South Market St., Galion, Ohio 44833 where services will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, January 26 with Deacon Greg Kirk officiating. Burial will be in St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Crestline.

Full military honors will be conducted by the United States Air Force and the Galion Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail.

Memorial contributions may be made to Humane Society serving Crawford County or the Galion/Crestline Veterans Military Funeral Detail in care of the funeral home.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Gayle Whitney, and condolences may be made to them at


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  • Valerie and family,
    It is so hard to lose a loved one, but we hang on to the memories for comfort. It’s been a long time since we have seen you, but we do remember the good times you , Corry, and Kristen shared at our house and North School. Our sympathy to you, your mom, and family at this difficult time.

    Marsha and Glenn Cheesman

  • To the Whitney Family,
    We were so sad to read about Gayle passing. Please accept our sympathies and prayers for your loss.
    The Ron Nelson Family

  • Carol Jean and Family, My thoughts and prayers for you all. May The Lord hold you and comfort you during this most difficult time.

  • Carol and family, we are so sorry to hear about the death of your Husband and Father. We are thinking of all of you.

  • Carol and family, so sorry to read of Gayle’s passing. Heart felt thoughts and prayers being sent your way.

  • What a nice picture of Gayle. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time sure wish I could give you and Bruce a hug Carol but it’ll have to wait put your heart in God’s hands he will comfort you in the lonely hours
    We sure shared some good times hugs Donna

  • Valerie and family

    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Carol and Family,

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Gayle’s passing; please accept our heartfelt condolences.

  • Carol, and Family,
    I am so sorry to hear of Gayle’s passing. Such a nice person that I’ve known for many years. He will be missed by many. Our Thoughts and Prayers go out to all of you.

  • We are sorry about Gayle’s passing. We are out of town so sending prayers to you and your family. Larry and Jean Bane