Ray F. Geckley
September 29, 1926 ‒ June 14, 2009
A proud husband, father, and faithful Christian Ray F. Geckley went home to be with his Lord and was once again united with his wife Donnabel. His devotion to the Marengo community as a volunteer and business owner will be missed. Above all, Ray’s departure will leave a void in lives of his family and friends who loved him dearly. He was 82
He was born in Marion County, at the family home, on September 29, 1926 the son of the late Fred J. and Mary M. (Fisher) Geckley.
Ray enlisted in the Navy during World War II, serving on the destroyer, the U.S.S. Cassin, where he was a Torpedo man.
Less than a year after his honorable discharge from the service he married Donnabel Stahl on March 17, 1947 in Greenup, Kentucky. They were married for 60 years before her passing on April 14, 2007. They spent the winters of their last 15 years together in Fort Myers, Florida. In those years they were constant companion; you would not find one without the other.
They also enjoyed playing cards together and played in several card clubs and euchre clubs. During those get togethers, he often kept people laughing with his witty sense of humor and his ability to tell a joke.
Ray worked for Alex Fuller Farming and Snyder’s Milling before starting Geckley Builders, which he owned and operated for 20 years, building homes and barns. He and Donnabel later became licensed insurance agents, operating Geckley Insurance in Marengo and Cardington. Most recently, they owned and operated Pizza-To-Go in Marengo for fifteen years until they retired.
He was a member of the Marengo United Methodist Church were he was very active. If work needed done at the church that required a carpenter, Ray was there to lend a hand.
He took his volunteer work within the community seriously as a firefighter and he drove squad as well.
Ray was also a member of the American Legion and a Boy Scout Leader both of Marengo.
He will be dearly missed by his three daughters: Gay (Don) Barnhart of Ashley, Cherri (Don) Burwell of Marengo, and Kim (Tom) Clark of Marengo; one son: Scott Geckley of Kansas City, Missouri; a daughter-in-law: Pam Geckley of Cardington; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-one great-grandchildren; 3 sisters Donna Calbert of Marion, Leola “Lee” (Walter “Raymond” “Cricket”) Beatty of Mount Gilead, and Joan (Wayne) Miller of Galion; and his sister-in-law Laura Mailey of Marengo.
In addition to his wife and parents he was preceded in death by his son Fred Geckley in 2000; his brother Floyd “Beanie” Mailey in 2008; and his special nephew and best friend “Buzz” Beatty in April of this year.
Friends may call on the family on Tuesday June 16, 2009 from 4-8 p.m. at Marengo United Methodist Church, 8 North Main Street, Marengo. Hospice Chaplain Star Sanchez will conduct services there on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. Burial with full military honors, conducted by V.F.W. Post #8054 and the AmVets Post # 87, will follow in Oak Grove Memorial Park in Lexington.
Memorial contributions, if desired, may be made to the Marengo United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 126, Marengo, Ohio 43334.
Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.