Gerald Staton, 80, of Mansfield, passed away Sunday morning April 12, 2015, in Delray Medical Center Hospice, Delray Beach, Fla.
He was born in Bucyrus on Oct. 15, 1934, to the late Clayton and Mary King Staton. He also was preceded in death by sisters, Betty Lee Dunn and Patricia Ann Kingery; and brother-in-law, James R. Meyer.
On Nov. 18, 1961, he married the former Pauline Meyer and she survives, along with their children, Gerald M. “Mike” (Cynthia) Staton of Mansfield, Douglas A. Staton of Columbus, Steven E. (Julie) Staton of Troy and Catherine M. “Cathy” (Michael) Hanson of Colorado Springs, Colo.; grandchildren, Casey, Maya, Reyna, Cooper, Carmen, Ellen, Nicholas and Maria Staton, and Mia, Astrid, Chloe and Phoebe Hanson; sister, Paula (George) Worden of Sidney; sisters-in-law, Miriam (Arthur) Shellenbarger of Huntsville and Donna (fiancé John Miller) Lansing of Maineville; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.
Gerald graduated from Washington–Lewistown High School and attended Ohio Northern University. He served with the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Kermit Roosevelt (ARG-16).
He was a graduate of the apprentice program of General Motors and earned certification as a journeyman tool maker. He worked with General Motors at the stamping plant in Ontario 35 years as a skilled tradesman before retiring in 1995.
Gerald was a member of St. Peter’s Catholic Church, where he sang in the choir in the 1970s. While a member at Resurrection Parish, he was active with the Stephen Ministry and Knights of Columbus. He was also a member of the UAW and UAW Retirees, Mansfield Liederkranz, and had volunteered with the Raemelton Equestrian Center. He had been active with MacGregor Bagpipe Band in Massillon and Royal Scotts Highlanders Band in Mansfield.
Since 1998, he and his wife have been snowbirds in Sterling Village at Boynton Beach, Fla., where he sang in the Sterling Village chorus, played bocce and mini golf and attended St. Vincent Ferrer Catholic Church in Delray Beach.
Gerald lived simply, served generously, spoke kindly and loved deeply. God and family came first to him. His friendly nature and affable personality endeared him to many — he never knew a stranger — and will long be remembered for his sense of humor and compassion.
Visitation is from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, April 17, in the Finefrock Chapel of the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home, 350 Marion Ave., Mansfield, where a Vigil Service is at 8 p.m. Mass of Christian Burial is at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 18, in St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Mansfield, celebrated by the Rev. Father Gregory Hite. Burial is in Prince of Peace Cemetery, where Richland County Joint Veterans Burial Squad conduct graveside military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Annunciation Radio at the funeral home.
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