Celebrating the life of Gene D. Shisler
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Funeral services will be held Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 11:00 AM at the Chapel of the Cross, Back Massillon Road, North Lawrence, OH. Rev. Bob Mitchell and Rev. Ignatius David will be officiating. Burial will be at the Newman Creek Cemetery in North Lawrence, OH.
Visitation will be held on Monday, May 14, 2018, 5-8 PM - Gresser Funeral Home and Tuesday, May 15, 2018 one hourr before services at the church. The family suggests that friends may make a donation to American Cancer Society or Chapel of the Cross, UMC; Mission Fund, 14411 Orrville St. NW, North Lawrence, OH 44666 in his memory.
Gene was born to Ray M. and Fannie (Plank) Shisler on the family farm in Baughman Township on December 27, 1930. He grew up on the farm with 2 brother and 4 sisters and went to a one room school house through 8th grade. Gene graduated from Dalton High School in 1948. He worked on the farm and in 1956 went into the US Army for 18 months, trained at Fort Carson, Colorado and served 10 months in Germany. He returned home to the farm and was married in 1960. A daughter, Lisa was born in 1961. Gene Started to farm on his own in 1962. In 1966, he started to drive school bus for Orrville City School and divorced in 1967. In 1968, worked night shift at Westinghouse factory and also farmed. From 1968 – 1980, volunteered as a Senior Counselor at Camp Wanake (a Methodist church camp) for one week each year. He was involved in the United Methodist East Ohio Conference Church Camp team for 30 years. He faithfully attended the Church of the Cross in North Lawrence his entire life.
Gene has been on the American Cancer Society Board for the past 30+years. He enjoyed delivering daffodils and being the treasurer for the annual Daffodil Days in March. He was proud to be a cancer survivor and walked in three Relay for Life events each year.
He became a Granger in 1946 and this year makes 72 years of working in the Grange. He participated in degree work countless times. Gene served in the Wayne Grange Cafeteria for 30 some years. He was the Treasurer of the Cafeteria and in charge of the Grange displays in the Rotunda for 30 years. He was the past Master of Baughman Grange #2114 for over 25 years and Deputy of Wayne County since 1987. He worked with the State Junior Grange Camp for the past 30 years, served on the State Junior Committee for many of those years and served on the State Friendly Hills Camp Committee for several years. Gene worked with Deaf Camp since it began in 1994 Served many years on the 41 & Over Camp Committee. He enjoyed travelling to State and National conventions, meeting new friends and visiting with old friends. Gene drove a van and trailer to pick up and haul wheelchairs for a mission in Canton, Ohio. He volunteered to travel over- seas to distribute wheelchairs to needy people. His first trip was in 1993 to Russia to give out Bibles to school children.
In 1994, he traveled to China to smuggle Bibles into the Main Land. He visited the Great Wall of China and many other beautiful sites around the world. 1995 – to Poland with my first wheelchair distribution; 1996 – Ghana, Africa; 1997 – St. Petersburg, Russia; 1998 – 2005 – many trips to Vietnam; 1999 – spent 6 weeks building housing in Honduras; went to Romania one year; 2004 - Bolivia, South America; 2005 – the Dominican Republic, 2006 – Uzbekistan and Dominican Republic; 2008 – Laos, 2009 – Laos and his last trip to Vietnam. He enjoyed all of these trips and work. Over the past many years, he has participated in mission trips within the United States. He has traveled to Illinois, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota and West Virginia to rebuild and fix up homes which were destroyed by natural disasters. He has also participated in mission trips within Ohio and locally to fix up and clean up homes. Throughout his life, he has traveled to 47 states. Alaska, Delaware and Rhode Island were the three remaining states he had not visited.
Gene may have left the farm, but the desire to farm never left him. He helped his son in-law prepare the fields for planting in the spring and harvest the crops in the fall. He was a wonderful role model for his family through his faith in God, his non-stop work ethic and his generosity in lending a hand to those in need.
Gene is survived by his daughter, Lisa Weinman and her husband, David; grandchildren Jacob, Kasey and Laura Weinman of Wooster, his sisters Betty Brillhart of Wooster, Esther Graber of Dalton, Mabel Wade of Apple Creek, and Pauline Gordon of Tallmadge and 10 nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, stepmother Laura, brothers Don and Wayne.
The family would like to thank the nurses and care givers of LifeCare Hospice in Wooster for the excellent care given to Gene during the last months of his life.
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