Ronald “Jim” Gattshall
October 14, 1937 ‒ June 21, 2012
Mount Gilead, Ohio
Ronald “Jim” Gattshall, age 74, of Mount Gilead, died Thursday morning, June 21, 2012, at the Mill Creek Nursing Home following an extended illness.
On October 14, 1937, Jim was born at home on the family farm in Westfield Township, Cardington, the youngest of five sons of the late Walter and Loula Belle (Brenizer) Gattshall. He graduated from Cardington High School in the Class of 1955. His nickname was “poncho”.
Following his graduation, Jim enlisted to serve in the U.S. Air Force, with whom he was stationed in England and served on their air police patrol.
Upon his honorable discharge, Jim returned to Morrow County to marry a young lady he met one day at the Truck Stop on SR 42 in Cardington, Margaret Fern Lentz, both in their new cars they were showing off. They were married on March 4, 1961, and enjoyed their 45 years together. She preceded him death on December 18, 2006.
Soon after returning from the military, Jim served as the head of the Village Water Dept. in Mount Gilead for nearly 10 years, and then ran his own company, Gattshall’s Meats, for a time. He then worked on the repair crew for the Morrow County Highway Dept. for nearly 20 years, until his retirement in 1992.
In the early 1960’s, Jim was a part of the Mount Gilead Volunteer Fire Dept., where he volunteered for several years. He also was a member of the AmVets Post 87 and a former member of the Knights of Pythias.
Always ready for a new adventure, Jim loved traveling to places he had never been before, especially if a casino and gambling would be involved. You could even say “he lived to play the lottery”. He also loved going to fall festivals, playing cards, fishing, and watching sports.
Well known for his gift of gab, Jim never met a stranger and often “talked your ear off”.
To say Jim was ornery would be a drastic understatement, as he was a jokester who knew “no limits” when it came to giving someone a good ribbing. There are countless stories of he and his equally ornery brothers that could embarrass the rest of his family. Nevertheless, despite his gruff exterior, he had a heart of gold and was “just an all around good guy”.
He will be dearly missed by his daughter, Becky Gattshall; his brother, Earl Gattshall, both of Mount Gilead; two sisters-in-law: Caroline Lentz of Worthington, and Marge Gattshall of Marion; and countless dear friends, nieces and nephews.
Including his wife and parents, Jim was preceded in death by his son, Robert Carl Gattshall in 1980; and three brothers and two sisters-in-law: Howard (Joan) Gattshall, Carl and Leo Gattshall, and Ruth Ann Gattshall.
The Gattshall family will greet friends from 2 – 6 p.m. on Sunday, June 24, 2012, at the Snyder Funeral Home, Craven Chapel, 67 N. Main St., Mount Gilead. Services celebrating his royal orneriness will follow at 6:00 p.m. with Celebrant Don Lockwood officiating. Burial will also take place at a later date in Rivercliff Cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor’s choice.
Snyder Funeral Homes of Mount Gilead is honored to have been chosen to serve Jim’s family and your private condolences may be expressed to them online by visiting www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.