Thomas L. Gabel, 82, formerly of New Knoxville, died Sunday, March 15, 2014, at Gulfside Regional Hospice in Zephyrhills, Fla. He was born Jan. 9, 1932. in Columbus, Ohio to William Henry and Ruth (McPherson) Gabel. On Jan. 31, 1953, in Washington, D.C., he married Gloria June McHugh, who died Jan. 2, 2000. He later married Ruth Hildreth in 2001, who survives in Columbus.
Also survived by: daughters Meredith (Todd) Pratt, of Spring Hill, Tenn. and Monica (Larry) Wills, of Zephyrhills, Fla., sons Harry (Christy Settlage) Gabel, of New Knoxville, Thomas (Mary Jo Schmiesing) Gabel, of Minster, Andrew (Nancy Kirkhoff) Gabel of Spencerville, John (Laura Raesky) Gabel, of Wapakoneta, Chris (Gail Gurowski) Gabel, of New Bremen, Matt (Jill Settlage) Gabel, of New Knoxville and Eric (Mia Doty) Gabel, of Mt. Vernon. He is also survived by 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Preceded in death by: parents William Henry and Ruth Gabel, step-mother Ruth (Wright) Gabel, wife Gloria Gabel.
He was a graduate of Worthington High School and attended The Ohio State University. He retired from Kerry Ingredients Corp. in Covington, where he was Plant Manager. A veteran of the United States Marine Corps, he served during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, and American Legion Post # 444 in New Knoxville. Tom was instrumental in the Buckeye Boys’ State program, having served as commissioner and program director for 40 years. He was also involved with the Farm Science Review in London, Ohio for a number of years. He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014, at New Knoxville United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dennis Gaertner and the Rev. Louis Schmitt, officiating. Burial, with full graveside military honors, will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville. Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m., Friday, at Miller Funeral Home, 1605 Celina Road (Ohio 703 West Chapel) in St. Marys, OH.
Memorial contributions may be directed to either Buckeye Boys State, Bethel UMC, or Tom & Gloria Gabel Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed via: www.millerfuneralhomes.net .