Ollie E. “Gene” Salyer

December 19, 1952 ‒ January 06, 2011

Centerburg, Ohio

Ollie E. “Gene” Salyer, age 58 of Centerburg, died Thursday morning January 6, 2011 at his residence surrounded by his family.

He was born on December 19, 1952 in Columbus to Ollie F. and Verna (Pennington) Salyer of Galloway. A 1971 graduate of Westland High School and an Army National Guard Veteran. Gene had lived in the Centerburg area since 1981 coming from Columbus. He was a self employed block mason, operated Salyer Masonry and was owner of C&G Edison Quick Stop. Member of the National Rifle Assoc. and the North American Fishing Club.

Gene enjoyed hunting, deer, rabbit and pheasant, fishing at White Fish Lodge in Canada and at Lake Erie for Walleye. An avid gardener and cook he also had fruit trees and loved his dogs. Cooking with the grandchildren brought him great joy, baking cakes was one of the things the grandchildren enjoyed doing with him. Gene loved to cook for people and breakfast was one meal he really enjoyed, blueberry pancakes or sausage gravy and biscuits were some of the things he enjoyed making. Gene smoked meat and loved hot peppers, he also liked to share them with friends and family and see the expression on their faces after eating a pepper.

Special times with his family include vacations in the Keys, Smoky Mountains and Renfro Valley, spending time with Melinda at the pond teaching her how to fish and helping Michelle with softball pitching.

He is survived by his loving wife of 39 years: Cynthia (Pressler) Salyer and they were married September 24, 1971 in Columbus; daughters: Michelle I. (Kevin) Kohler , Melinda J. (Jason) Gregg both of Mount Gilead; grandchildren: Olivia, Paige, Clayton, Logan, Farrah; brother: Steve Salyer of Cardington; sisters: Glenda “Sue” (Mike) Pfadt of Columbus, Lora A. (Douglas) Johnson of Galloway; father and mother-in-law: Oliver and Dorothy Pressler of Columbus; sister-in-law and brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by infant son, grandson: Dustin and infant twin brothers.

Friends may call Sunday from 2-5 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home, SR 3 at 61, Sunbury where services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. with Chaplain Bruce Benzing officiating. Interment will follow in the Bloomfield Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.