Paul A. “Skip” Gantzler

September 13, 1943 ‒ January 09, 2021

Galion, Ohio

Paul A. “Skip” Gantzler, 77, former Lake Galion resident passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Magnolia Terrace in Galion where he had been a resident for the past two years.

He was born September 13, 1943 in Crestline and was the son of Paul W. and Martha E. (Parr) Gantzler. Paul married Margaret J. “Peggy” (Gugliemello) Gantzler on July 15, 1967 and they were married nearly 47 years until her passing on May 7, 2014.

Skip was a 1961 graduate of North Robinson High School and served his country in the United States Navy. He worked as an Inspector at PPG in Crestline for his entire career. Paul was a life-long member of the Lake Galion Club. He was an avid outdoorsman and volunteered at the Wildlife Haven.

He is survived by two half-sisters, Luella Snyder of Crestline and Ruby Kempf of Galion.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by two half-brothers, Charles and John Meyers.

Following his wishes, there will be no calling hours or funeral.

Richardson Davis Chapel of Snyder Funeral Homes in Galion is honored to serve the family of Paul “Skip” Gantzler, and condolences may be made to them at

  • Skip was a Good friend and neighbor from the many years we lived at Lake Galion. He really loved the lake and all the great time he had fishing it. We have so many great memories of the good times we had with him and Peggy. He was a great guy and will be missed much.
    Larry and Doris Black

  • I lived next door to Skip at the Lake as a boy growing up in the 50s, along with my siblings Joan, Bob & Tom. Skip taught us roughhousing, frog catching, swimming, snipe hunting, generallly being wild and learning creatures. I kept in touch as a young adult, Sip & Peg were generous hosts and friends, and part of the Lake Galion ecosystem. They will be missed.

  • I knew Skip and Peggy for all of my 61 years. Remember Skip milking the goats at Lake Galion and giving the barn cats a drink right from the udder. He always played with us kids, swimming, boating, horseback riding, playing tag at night. As I got older, we had many dinners together. Our summer cottage 2 doors away, next to the Patterson’s. Skip was a talented carpenter and could fix anything! We loved them like family. No better way to grow up than at Lake Galion! It’s such a special place! So many fond memories there! May he rest in peace and be reunited with Peg in heaven.
    Kathy Miller Flanagan of the Dye family

  • Skip was such a great influence on me while growing up and spending summers at Lake Galion. He always seemed to know how to do ANYTHING! He had a trapline below the lake on the river and on occasions would let me tag along to see what he caught. That was an honor! One of the last times I was at Skip and Peggy’s, he was jug-fishing on the lake, which I had not heard of. We were sitting on his porch watching for the jug to move when it took off across the lake and he said “Well, better go!” I hope he followed that final jug to Peggy’s side in heaven !
    Craig Miller, former neighbor at Lake Galion.