Arnold E. “Gene” Gillenwater

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202 W. Maple Street Willard OH 44890 2/15/2010 16:00:00

Townline Road 12 Willard OH 44890 2/16/2010 11:00:00

Arnold Eugene “Gene” Gillenwater, age 87, resident of Country Glenn of Washington Court House, Ohio and former Willard resident, passed away on Wednesday, February 10, 2010. He was born on March 9, 1922 in Portsmouth, Ohio to the late Alpha and Lorena (Boggs) Gillenwater and had been a Willard resident since 1972. When he married Martha Ricker Elliott. Mr. Gillenwater was a 1941 graduate of Ironton High School and was a veteran of the US Coast Guard serving during WW II in the South Pacific. He was a retired employee from Schulman Plastics in Bellevue and was a member of the Willard Church of the Nazarene.
He is survived by two daughters and son-in-laws Vickie and Bob Hastings and Melodie and Roger Shiltz all of Washington Court House; three sons, Arnold Jr., and Stephen of Washington C.H., Jeffrey Gillenwater of Mt. Sterling, Special grandchildren Kim and Jay Smith, Tracey and Roger Maddux, Angel ( Shawn Steiner) Reed and Roger and Danielle Shiltz. 5 other granddaughters;18 great grandchildren; one sister, Atha Riffe of Johnson City Tenn. One niece Ruth Ann (Ken) Lewis and three nephews George, Willard and Patton Riffe and families. Special Friends Rev. Mark and Lisa Koch and Family, and Shirley Vance.
In addition to his parents he is preceded in death by his wife, Martha Gillenwater in 1997; one grandson,Harry Robert Hastings, two brothers, Chester and Floyd and two sisters Lora Ferrel and Virginia Gillenwater.
Friends may call at the Secor Funeral Home in Willard, Ohio on Monday, February 15, 2010 from 4-8 PM. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 11:00 AM at the Church of the Nazarene in Willard with Reverend Mark Koch and Rev. Doc Burrows officiating. Burial will follow in Iberia Cemetery in Iberia, Ohio. Memorial expressions can be made to Church of the Nazarene. Online condolences can be made at


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Steven, Susan, Noah & Samuel Hensinger - Feb 15, 2010

Greetings to you all…
Gene has been a very special friend to us for many years. We have many fond memories of times spent together.
It was our intention to be there to attend calling hours and visit with you all. We are so sorry that we were unable to make the trip.
I (Steven) was called to work on both Monday and Tuesday and being so new into a new business, I could not turn away the call. Susan is working on Tuesday as well.
Know that you are ALL in our prayers as you grieve that loss of such a wonderful man. Heaven is a richer place with Gene being there. We will miss his friendship dearly.
You have our contact information – PLEASE stay in touch.
Be Blessed and Be a Blessing…
Because of Christ;
The Hensinger Family

Ferri Wolford - Feb 12, 2010

Vicki and Melodie I am so sorry you lost your dad. Gene was a very sweet man. He always had a smile. My thought and prayers are with you. Ferri Wolford

Vicki (Fackler) Moore - Feb 12, 2010

I grew up in the Willard Nazarene church. Both Gene & Martha loved & nurtured so many people in the Willard community and sure did mean a lot to many in our little church. He is with his saviour now.

John & Nina Gillenwater - Feb 12, 2010

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Gene was a first cousin to my father, Otha Gillenwater. We always enjoyed it when Gene, Atha and Virgina stopped to visit with us when he came to Ironton. It was so nice to hear their memories of their childhood and early years here in Lawrence County. Our thoughts and prayers are with your families. Your father was a fine man who will be sadly missed.

Cherie Henson - Feb 11, 2010

Dearest Vickie, Bob, Melody, Gene, Stevie and all.
We are so very sorry for your loss. Uncle Gene was a kind and loving person.
I will always have lovely memories of him from the summers I spent with all of you and all the good times we shared as children.
I will keep all of you in my prayers.
In deepest sympathy
Cherie, Mike, Rick, Monica, Sharon, Alex, Ashley and Brooke.

Bill and Jayne Boock - Feb 11, 2010

Uncle Gene was special to our family as did Aunt Martha. Our thought and prayers go out to Uncle Gene’s family and all his friends. I know is now with the Lord and Aunt Martha.

Daniel & Sharon Ingram - Feb 10, 2010

Gene Held a special Place in our hearts. He is a very loving Guy. We always thought Alot of him and we adopted him as a Grandpa Figure. He will be sadly missed. He is Home in the arms of Jesus joing Our Father/husband Raymond, and his wife Martha. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Family and Friends!

Bob Spackey - Feb 10, 2010

Gene was a wonderful friend to all who knew him. I will miss him greatly. Sorry, I am going to Florida and will not be able to come to the funeral. Was there for Martha’s funeral, but the family will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Bob Spackey and his many friends
at Portage Holiness Camp