Ferdinand Funtanilla Gavina

December 4, 1964April 15, 2018

Ferdinand "Ferd" Funtanilla Gavina, 53, passed away on April 15th, 2018. He was born in Davao, Mindanao, Philippines on December 4th, 1964 to Ernesto and Delia Gavina. Ferd married Barbara Suzanne (Hutton) Gavina on July 21st, 1990 and she survives him. Ferd recently worked as a correctional officer at Miami County Correctional Facility. Ferd also served as a minister for 25 years, after graduating from Johnson Bible College in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Ferd enjoyed watching WWE and the Yankees. The Yankees only won when he was watching. He was talented at bowling. He had a big heart for working in youth ministry. Ferd loved to use puppets in his ministry. Ferd will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Ferd hopes they'll remember, "It's not goodbye, it's see you later."

Ferd is survived by his wife, Barbara Suzanne Gavina; children Joshua Ferdinand Gavina, Rachel Rose Gavina, Aaron Rodrigo Gavina, and Caleb Elijah Gavina; his mother, Delia Funtanilla Gavina; brothers John Gavina, Richard Gavina, and James Gavina, dogs Rocky and Rufus. Ferd is preceded in passing by his father, Ernesto Almonia Gavina.

Family will receive friends from 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, April 19th at Chapel Hill Christian Church, 2600 West Alto Road, Kokomo, Indiana 46902. A funeral service will be held on Friday, April 20th at 1:00 PM, also at the church. Steve Allen will officiate.


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Charisse Bryant

April 20, 2018

Joshua, I share your lost with you. Just know that your Dad is finished with his work here on this earth and GOD has taken him to the next level. Cherish his memories and keep him close to your heart! May GOD give you and your family strength in the upcoming days, and the joy of knowing that he is with our Heavenly Father.
My deepest sympathy

Charisse Bryant

Lisa Butler

April 20, 2018

Many fond memories of you from Toccoa Falls College days. Love and prayers for all your family.
Lisa and Gary Butler

Patrick Baer

April 17, 2018

Ferd was viewed by many of our customers as one of their favorite employees at Gordon Food Service. We constantly got surveys that came back acknowledging Ferd for his friendliness and his ability to make everyone feel important and valued. He received countless "Raving Fan" awards for this in the store. He was so like-able and easy to talk to and I had countless great conversations with him. He was so excited when Hollywood came out with a movie named after him (Ferdinand)! :) He adored his family and his church. He loved life, he loved others. he loved his country, and most importantly he loved God. I was his "boss" at GFS, but I also considered him my friend and I am a better man for having know him. As the days go by I will truly miss him but his spirit and memory will still be a continuing part of my life.

Greg Haueter

April 17, 2018

My friend, I will never forget your laughter and smile during our days at Nyack. All who knew you have been blessed by it. See you when we get home.

Paul Durham

April 17, 2018

Got to know Officer Gavina for a very short while and got to see him grow into becoming a great Officer at Miami Correctional, and also became a great friend and brother on the job. We always will remeber him at Miami Correctional. Rest easy brother we got it from here, until we meet again.

Kimberly Getter

April 17, 2018

Pete and I wish to share our sympathies with the Gavina family. Ferd officiated our wedding almost eighteen years ago and he and Barb have been my best of friends for much longer then that. Ferd will be missed by so many.

Dennis and Linda Bates

April 16, 2018

We met Ferd through our termanly I'll sister, she always spoke so highly of him and his Church she went to. When Paula was I'll he made it his mission to visit anytime she was receiving visitors and to do duets with his son and guitar which was a welcomed blessing. Thank you Ferd for all you did. God got another angel.

Patty Whalen

April 16, 2018

Ferd was always up for a challenge! He took Jesus seriously and stood up for what he believed. We so enjoyed being his youth leaders
and still can't believe he is gone. Barbara, we are praying for you and your kids. Trusting God will hold you all in the hollow of His hand.

Markene Nakagawa/Simpson

April 16, 2018

I first met FERD at the TOPS class in Williamson WV. We connected immediately because my husband and I were Ordained Ministers. My first impression of him was his love for people and his humor.
He later invited us to Minister at his church. My husband became close friends with FERD, he joined the Ministerial Association and I became Chaplain at ARH Hospital because of his inspiration. I will truly miss him, but I know that he would not want to come back after being in the Presence of His Lord. May you Rest In Peace my Brother.

Chip Hammond

April 16, 2018

I knew Ferd from Nyack College 30+ years ago. I was so sad to hear this news, but envious that his faith is now sight. He with all of God's redeemed people awaits the resurrection, though he waits now in a different and better place. God give you rest, Ferd. The Great Day is coming.