Paul Gayler Hooley, 90, of West Liberty, passed away at 11:40 a.m. Friday, Sept. 8, at the OSU Wexner Medical Center.
Born in rural West Liberty Nov. 26, 1926, Mr. Hooley was a proud World War II veteran and a longtime member of both the American Legion and South Union Mennonite Church in West Liberty.
He was a farmer and a machinist at Grimes Manufacturing in Urbana, Bauer Brothers in Springfield, LeRoi Corporation in Sidney, ExCello Corporation in Lima and Rockwell Manufacturing in Kenton, as well as an accomplished finish carpenter.
He enjoyed reading his Bible, traveling to Pennsylvania Dutch country with his wife and family, babysitting his grandchildren, gardening, landscaping and was an avid fan of the Cincinnati Reds and the Ohio State Buckeyes.
Mr. Hooley married his loving wife of 67 years, Celina Maxine Yoder of West Liberty, on April 16, 1950. She survives, along with three sons, Richard Lynn (Debby Knief) Hooley of DeGraff, Keith (Taryn Willkins) Hooley of Worthington and Bruce (Sheri Doerksen) Hooley of Plain City, as well as seven grandchildren, Jaime (Chris) Williams, Emily (Kip) Jenkins, Brooks (Jessi) Hooley and Anah, Katie, Rachel and Lexee Hooley; and two great-grandchildren, Graham and Kenley Jenkins.
Mr. Hooley was preceded in death by his parents, John and Fannie Yoder Hooley of Bellefontaine; two brothers, Richard and David; and two sisters, Margery Headings and Mary Strayer.
The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Saturday at South Union Mennonite Church in West Liberty, followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. and a lunch at noon. The Rev. Matthew Williams officiates.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions in Mr. Hooley’s memory be made to the Samaritan’s Purse/Operation Heal Our Patriots via samaritanspurse.org; via mail, Samaritan’s Purse, Box 3000, Boone, N.C., 28607; or by direct link, http://sampur.se/2y27KYt