R. Colleen Gatton

November 03, 1959 ‒ April 01, 2021

Bellville, Ohio

Colleen Gatton, age 61, peacefully passed away Thursday, April 1, 2021, at OSU Wexner medical center in Columbus following a two-year battle with cancer. She was blessed to have family by her side.

Ruth Colleen Wolfgang was born November 3, 1959, in Mount Vernon the daughter of Richard & AnnaMae (Hamner) Wolfgang. She was a 1978 graduate of Braxton County High School in West Virginia. She met a young man named Jeffrey Gatton and the pair married on May 24th 1980.

Colleen worked a number of places, most recently she spent 10 years as a cabinet finisher with Benchmark Cabinets in Fredericktown and previously Merillat of Loudonville. She had a wonderful sense of humor and may have been described as highly opinionated, but most of all she was a fighter and a caring wife, mother, and grandmother.

Above all, she loved spending time with her family and playing with her grandchildren. In spare time, she enjoyed solving jigsaw puzzles, playing a friendly game of LCR (a dice wager game, where she usually bet quarters), and camping at the family farm. She loved watching the birds enjoy the feeders she kept—especially hummingbirds.

Colleen is survived by her loving husband of 40 years, Jeff Gatton of Bellville; daughters and sons-in-law Annie & Dan Wade and Cassie & Robert Loveless all of Butler; grandchildren Mason Van Ross Wade, Jerry Vigil, Grant Wade, Isriella Vigil, Riley Wade, and Carter Wade; brother and sister-in-law Charles & Jodie Wolfgang of Bellville; numerous nieces and nephews including James Wolfgang (Jen) and Kaitlyn Wolfgang (Josh); along with numerous great-nieces and great-nephews including Addi Boggs.

In addition to her parents Richard Wolfgang & AnnaMae Wolfgang, she was preceded in death by her infant brother James Eugene Wolfgang.

Colleen’s funeral service will be held 11:00 AM on Tuesday, April 6, 2021, at Snyder Funeral Homes (81 Mill Road in Bellville) and friends are invited to call from 9:00 AM until the service. Pastor Patrick Bailey will officiate and burial will follow in Zion Cemetery at four corners in Butler.

For memorial contributions in Colleen’s memory, please make checks payable to Snyder Funeral Homes or The Ohio State University Foundation (to benefit The James Cancer Strategic Support Fund). Gifts may be brought to her service or mailed to Snyder Funeral Homes, PO Box 3085, Mansfield, OH 44904. Donations can also be made online at giveto.osu.edu/makeagift or by calling the funeral home (419-886-2491).

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  • Dear Jeff and Family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. Losing a loved one is such a hard experience, and their absence leaves a hole in our life. You are in our prayers for God’s comfort and assurance during this sad time. God bless and keep you.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Kathleen and Charlie Crawford
    Knoxville, TN

  • I pray for God’s comfort and grace for all of the family at this difficult time of loss. She was a very sweet gal and loving cousin. She will be missed.
    With sincere sympathy,
    Cheryl Barnette

  • Dear Jeff & Family,

    We are so sorry to learn of the loss of Colleen. Our hearts are saddened. She was
    so sweet and lovable. We had not seen her for quite sometime but it was always a
    pleasure talking with her. May God provide you comfort.
    With loving thoughts.

    Mike & Janet Fisher

  • I am so sorry to hear of Colleen’s passing. She was a fighter. GOD BLESS all of you.You all are in my thoughts and prayers

  • So very sorry to hear of the passing of your wife, Jeff. We worked with you at Richland Newhope Center in the 80s., Hobie, Leo Prince, may the Lord comfort you at this time. Your in our thoughts.

  • Jeff and family,

    So sorry for your loss. We are praying that God will give you comfort and many loving memories of Colleen.

    With deepest sympathy,

    Gary and Mary Jo Lang

  • Jeff, Was sad to see Colleen had passed. I want to extend my deepest sympathy to you and the family. Prayers are being sent at this difficult time. Colleen was a beautiful person, with a loving big heart.

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