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April 8, 2014

James E. Gill

MEADVILLE — James E. Gill, 89, of 719 Graff Ave., Meadville, passed away Saturday, April 5, 2014, at UPMC-Hamot Medical Center, Erie.

James was born in Grove City on Jan. 18, 1925, a son of the late Raymond T. and Gladys E. (Gills) Gill.

On Oct. 5, 1957, James married Margaret “Peggy” Haugh; she preceded him in death on June 3, 2001.

For 20 years, James was self employed as a manufacturing representative. He previously had been employed by the former Wickes Lumber, the former Talon Inc., Westinghouse and the former Heatrix Inc. A U.S. Navy veteran, James served during both World War II and the Korean Conflict as a naval aviator. He was a 1942 graduate of Cochranton High School and a 1949 graduate of Grove City College.

He was a life member of Meadville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2006, a member of Meadville Elks Club 219, Taylor Hose Club, American Legion Post 111 and a former member of Masonic Lodge 234.

James is survived by three sisters, Dorothy Wood and her husband, Harry, of Cochranton, Constance Merchbaker and her husband, William, of Meadville, and Ellen Sue Riley of Erie; a brother, Donald S. Gill and his wife, Sharon, of Conneaut Lake; a sister-in-law, Billie Gill of Colorado; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and his wife, Peggy, of 43 years, James was preceded in death by a brother, Richard T. Gill.

Family and friends are invited to call from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on April 19 at Cochranton Presbyterian Church, 109 S. Smith St., Cochranton, where funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m., with Pastor Rachel Johns officiating.

Following full military honors by VFW Post 2006, James will be laid to rest next to his wife, Peggy, in Cochranton Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Richard T. Gill Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Crawford Heritage Community Foundation, 911 Diamond Square, or Meadville Public Library, 848 N. Main St., both in Meadville, Pa. 16335.

Arrangements are under the direction of Stephen P. Mizner Funeral Home & Cremation Services Inc., 404 Chestnut St., Meadville.

Share your condolences at miznerfuneralhome.com.

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