Gerald E. Staton

October 15, 1934 ‒ April 12, 2015

Mansfield, Ohio

MANSFIELD: Gerald Staton lived simply, served generously, spoke kindly and loved deeply. God and family came first to him. His friendly nature and affable personality endeared him to many – he never knew a stranger – and will be long remembered for his sense of humor and compassion.

Gerald passed away Sunday morning April 12, 2015 in Delray Medical Center Hospice, Delray Beach, Florida. He was 80.

Born October 15, 1934 in Bucyrus to Clayton and Mary (King) Staton, Gerald was graduated from Washington–Lewistown High School and attended Ohio Northern University.

He served with the US Navy aboard the USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16). He was a graduate of the apprentice program of General Motors and earned certification as a journeyman tool maker. He worked with General Motors at the stamping plant in Ontario 35 years as a skilled tradesman before retiring in 1995.

Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church where he sang in the choir in the 1970s. While a member at Resurrection Parish he was active with the Stephen Ministry and Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the UAW and UAW Retirees, Mansfield Liederkranz, and had volunteered with the Raemelton Equestrian Center. He had been active with MacGregor Bagpipe Band in Massillon and Royal Scotts Highlanders Band in Mansfield.

Since 1998 he and his wife have been snowbirds in Sterling Village at Boynton Beach, Florida, where he sang in the Sterling Village chorus, played Bocce and mini golf and attended St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach.

He is survived by his wife Pauline (Meyer) Staton, whom he married November 18, 1961; their children Gerald M. “Mike” & Cynthia Staton of Mansfield, Douglas A. Staton of Columbus, Steven E. & Julie Staton of Troy and Catherine M. “Cathy” & Michael Hanson of Colorado Springs, CO; grandchildren Casey, Maya, Reyna, Cooper, Carmen, Ellen, Nicholas and Maria Staton, Mia, Astrid, Chloe and Phoebe Hanson; sister and brother-in-law Paula & George Worden of Sidney; sisters-in-law Miriam & Arthur Shellenbarger of Huntsville and Donna Lansing & fiancé John Miller of Maineville, and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, Gerald was preceded in death by sisters Betty Lee Dunn and Patricia Ann Kingery; and brother-in-law James R. Meyer.

The Staton family will receive friends Friday, April 17, 2015 from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, where a Vigil Service will be held at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial will be offered Saturday, April 18 at 10 a.m. in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, celebrated by the Rev. Father Gregory Hite. Burial will follow in Prince of Peace Cemetery, where Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad will hold graveside military honors.

Contributions in his memory to Annunciation Radio may be made at the funeral home.

Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Staton family. To send them a message of sympathy and support, or watch a video in tribute to Gerald, visit: SnyderFuneralHomes.com

  • My heart is with you all as it is so, so hard to say good-bye. Jerry was a truly wonderful man whom I only remember with a big smile on his face and a ready laugh. God bless. Pam

  • Polly,

    We are so sorry for your loss. You and your family are in our prayers. Gerry will be greatly missed. We send you all our love and support. Brad, Meg and the kids.

  • My condolences to you Pauline and family! What a great tribute to him with his obituary. Our thoughts are with you in the coming days. God Bless Judy and Richard Pollard

  • Mrs. Staton,

    We are very sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please know that you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Brian and Amy Banbury

  • Pauline, Ralph and I are holding you and the family “up” in our prayers at this difficult time. I am sure you are feeling the love that is surrounding you….Jerry was special to so many and we are proud to have gotten to know him here in FL these past 4 years…..God Bless, my friend…..Mary

  • May GOD bless you and yours in this time of mourning.Gerry was a great friend at G.M. and I enjoyed every day of working with him.He always had a smile and a good word !Had talked with him this past fall at the department dinner and was very surprised at reading of his passing! Again..GOD bless you and comfort you at this trying time. Larry H Bailey

  • Dear Pauline and family,
    My sincere condolences. You are a very special family which reflects the excellent family man that Gerry was. May God in His Compassion comfort your hearts.
    Arnold Haring

  • We are sending our love and heartfelt condolences to the entire Staton Family….we are with you in our hearts and thoughts….
    k f Collins

  • Pauline and family, I’m so sorry for your lose. Gerry was always a gentleman, a friend and will be missed by many. He was one of the good guys and I am blessed to have known him. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
    Betty
    Indiana, PA.

  • Mrs Staton and family , I was unable to get time off work to come pay my respects but want you to know how much you have been in my thoughts and prayers . Mrs Staton you may never trully know how much you have meant to me and how much your guidance and mentoring helped me . I have a great amount of Love and respect for you …and your family. My condolences on your loss and Prayers for you all . Much Love …Jerry A. Bohland and family

  • Pauline and family, We send our love and most sincere condolences. Gerry was our very dear friend and will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you

  • Steve, Julie, Nick & Maria,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. We have you all in our thoughts and prayers.

    The Wehrley’s
    Eric, Stephanie, Brandon, Nick & Kevin

  • PAULINE AND FAMILY,
    IT IS HARD FOR ME TO PUT INTO WORDS HOW MUCH YOUR FAMILY HAS MENT FOR US THRU A LOT OF YEARS, AND TO HEAR OF JERRYS PASSING PASSING WAS SO SHOCKING TO ME , WE WERE LOOKING FORWARD TO DOING ARE USUAL THINGS THIS SUMMER, I WILL REALLY MISS HIM. HE WAS LIKE A ONE IN A MILLION FRIENDS. I SO ENJOYED OUR TIMES TOGETHER AS TWO YOUNG FAMILES AND ALSO MY TIME WITH HIM.

    RAY & CAROL PATTEN

  • Jerry will be so very missed. He was a good man and I enjoyed those few opportunities we had together to talk.