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Hopkins - Rector Funeral Home

4 Percy L. Julian Drive, Greencastle, IN

OBITUARY

Gale K O'Hair

August 4, 1925July 25, 2019
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At the age of 93, Gale Keyt O’Hair went to be with the Lord in his heavenly home on July 25, 2019. Gale O’Hair was born in Clinton Township, Putnam County on August 4, 1925, to Marion and Mae (Keyt) O’Hair. He was blessed with a large God centered and loving family. Raised on a small farm south of Morton, Gale enjoyed boyhood activities like baseball, basketball, and hunting with his father, siblings, cousins, and friends. After moving to Indianapolis to find employment, he met and married Dorothy Jane Tonchoff on September 26, 1943.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Marion and Mae (Keyt) O’Hair; wives, Dorothy O’Hair and Mary O’Hair; son, Douglas O’Hair; and brothers, Andrew, Dwight, Max and Robert O’Hair; and sisters Mary Lou (O’Hair) Jarrett and Elva (O’Hair) Porter; granddaughter Jessika O’Hair; grandson, Justin O’Hair; great granddaughter Jaded O’Hair; step great granddaughter, Emmaleee Gilbert; and step great grandson, Kevin Morin.

He is survived by three sons, Michael (Sharon) O’Hair of Kokomo, Dennis (Janet) O’Hair of Morton, Brian O’Hair (Tami Johnson) of Indianapolis, and one daughter, Marilyn (Steve) Winters of Greencastle; eight grandchildren, Jeffrey Winters, Michelle (Adam) Wahl, Scott (Amy) O’Hair, Tiffany (Sam) Parr, Neil (Melissa) O’Hair, Joni (Rusty) Burch, Benjaman O’Hair, Andrew O’Hair; 12 great grandchildren; 4 great-great grandchildren; 3 step daughters, Paula (Mike) Wilson, Cheryl Morin, and Kathy Skidmore; seven step grandchildren, Scott (Erica) Morin, Tiffany (Craig) Bennett, Terri (Jed) Gilbert, Karen Grissom (Dave Black, Michael (Josh) Wilson, Sheila Wilson Spurling, and Gregory Harris; 18 step great grandchildren; and 12 step great great grandchildren.

On October 23, 1943 Gale entered into active duty in the United States Army. In January 1945, after completing stateside training, Gale headed overseas, leaving his wife and infant son, to face combat in the European Theater (Rhineland and Central Europe) of WWII as a foot soldier for General George Patton’s 3rd Army rising to the rank of Sargent. Multiple times, he was in the presence of the rough talking General Patton who would say, “How are you doing son?” Gale was referred to by army buddies as “the kid with a kid.” As a very young man, Gale experienced the horrors of war, including the death of army buddies, and seeing the inhumanity of mankind in the prisoner of war and concentration camps. Gale O’Hair was a member of what Tom Brokaw defined in his book as the “Greatest Generation.” Serving until the war ended, Gale promised the Lord that if he survived the war, he would never complain again. Keeping that promise, he served the Lord in many capacities in the church, as well as, being a member of the Gideons, distributing countless Bibles including to jail inmates. Gale was Honorably Discharged as Technician Fourth Grade from Battery B 869th Field Artillery Battalion on March 15, 1946.

Gale and Dorothy raised five children near Morton in a loving Christian home, and he was an active member of the Union Chapel UMC. Like many country churches, it served as the religious and social center for the O’Hair family. Over the years, the Gale O’Hair family has gathered for holidays and special occasions to celebrate the value and importance of family.

After 32 years with IBM, Gale retired in 1987, and continued to work at his true passion, farming. After the untimely death of his first wife, Dorothy, on November 18, 1988, Gale met and married Mary Skidmore on August 3, 1989. He moved to Greencastle and became an active member of the First Baptist Church. Gale would often comment that some men have difficulty finding one good wife, but he had been blessed with two wonderful marriages. He continued to farm and package and sell squirrel corn until his health dictated that he finally retire. He also enjoyed hunting ginseng with his brother, Max and others. After Mary’s death on June 7, 2014, Gale moved to Assisted Living at Mill Pond in Greencastle. As of July 19, 2019 Gale had been at Mill Pond for five years. He has told the family many times that the staff “treat him like a king”

Gale led by example of what Christianity should look like and was constantly directing his family toward Jesus as their Lord and Savior. He was known by the family and friends as a “Prayer Warrior.”

In place of flowers, contributions can be made to the First Baptist Church, 404 Judson Dr., Greencastle, IN, 46135 and the Gideons at The Gideons International Processing Center, P.O. Box 97251, /Washington, DC 20090-7251.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM on Sunday, July 28, 2019 at the Hopkins-Rector Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will follow at the Union Chapel Cemetery in Morton.

The family will receive friends from 4:00 -8:00 PM on Saturday, July 27th at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Sunday.

Condolences and memories may be shared with the family c/o www.Hopkins-Rector.com

  • DONATIONS

  • First Baptist Church
  • The Gideons International Processing Center

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, July 27, 2019
  • Funeral Service Sunday, July 28, 2019

Memories

Gale K O'Hair

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SHEILA CHADD

July 31, 2019

My Uncle Gale was a special man, always said a table blessing before every meal and I stayed at their house a lot since Marilyn and I were so close. Always with a smile even when he had to go to the nursing home because of the Alzheimers. My Mom and him were both at Mill Pond and I remember her telling him to keep handing out those Bibles because there were a lot of people at Mill Pond who did not know Jesus yet. Always the big sister, but she simply adored Gale. Now they will be together again, also Aunt Dorothy, Doug, Mary, his brothers, Aunt Mary Lou and Grandma and Grandpa O'Hair.

Cathy Westman

July 29, 2019


Gale was an amazing man! I loved talking to him at Mill Pond about
WW II and how he was in the 3rd Army under General Patton. He was loved by everybody at Mill Pond! I know a 15-year old teen who spent a lot of time with Gale! He loved talking to Gale and hearing his war stories! Gale was always in a happy mood! He will definitely be missed. I hated hearing that he had passed away. He was a joyful man.

Jo Ellen Kimmel

July 27, 2019

My fondest memories of my Uncle Gale were when he, his brothers Andy and Max, and I would go ginseng hunting. I miss you all, and I am very grateful to have had this special experience.

Sally Robertson

July 27, 2019

I was employed at Mill Pond as an Executive Director for a year. I remember Gail well. He always had a smile on his face and always tried to put a smile on mine. He was a delightful person to talk to. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you during your time of grief. Sally Robertson H.F.A.

Michael O'Hair

July 27, 2019

Dad I will miss you, but will never forget you. Your loving Son, Michael.

Dick and Linda Smith

July 26, 2019

Marilyn and Family. We wish to convey our condolences for the loss of your father. We didn't have the pleasure of really knowing him but everyone seems to think he was the best of the best as a father and as a man.

Dick and Linda

Lana Nascimbene

July 26, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with the family. I’m very sorry for your loss. He was an amazing man who impacted everyone around him with his cheerful personality. I will miss his stories. One thing that always stood out to me about Gail was his love for his children. Marilyn you were the prettiest daughter he had. :)

Jane Adamson

July 26, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I remember his son, Denny, from school.

Karri Cummings

July 26, 2019

It was absolutely my pleasure to care for Gale during his 5 year stay at Millpond.

Gale kept his promise to the Lord to never complain about anything if the Lord let him make it come alive from the war. I never heard Gale complain one time in the 5 years I knew him.

His last words to me

"You just have to love one another. Love is the most important thing in this world."

You're laughter and spirit will be missed but your legacy lives on.

Love
Karri LPN

Don DeVille

July 26, 2019

It is with great sadness that I send my deepest condolences to my Indiana family for the loss of the Patriarch of the O'Hair family. I developed a great admiration and love for this man who I was blessed to meet via his late son and my best friend Doug. He and Dorothy treated me and my wife like family from the very first moment we ever met. Throughout the years that I spent knowing Doug and being up in Indiana with his family, I was shown nothing but love. I truly cherished the times I had there and will always remember his smiling face and the hard working man of GOD that he was. The O'Hair family is so blessed to have had him at the helm for so long. He made a difference on this earth for the time he was blessed with being here. He now, I am certain, sits with GOD in Heaven. May GOD bless Mr. O'Hair and the surviving members of his blessed family. RIP Mr. O'Hair.

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