Ronald L. Gelwicks Sr., 72

SEPT. 9, 1939-JAN. 8, 2012

January 09, 2012

Ronald Lee Gelwicks Sr., 72, of Falling Waters, W.Va., passed away Sunday, Jan. 8, 2012, at Meritus Medical Center near Hagerstown, Md.

Born Sept. 9, 1939, in Hagerstown, he was the son of the late Joseph Francis and Ruth Rayetta Rummel Gelwicks.

He was employed by Eastalco Aluminum in Buckeystown, Md., for more than 30 years, until his retirement. He was also employed with Summit Point Raceway, Summit Point, W.Va.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

He was of the Catholic faith.

He was a member of the American Legion, Martinsburg, W.Va.

Survivors include wife, Dorothy Jean Kershner Gelwicks, married Nov. 17, 1962, of Falling Waters; daughter, Cathy J. Marinelli of Wilmington, Del.; daughter, Barbara J. Ginck and her husband, Richard, of Berkeley Springs, W.Va.; son, Ronald L. “Buck” Gelwicks Jr. and his wife, Julie, of Hagerstown; son, Donald L. Gelwicks of Falling Waters; sister, Phyllis Harp of Hagerstown; sister, Theresa Crawford of Lindale, Texas; sister, Cynthia Carter of Hagerstown; brother, Jack Gelwicks of Hagerstown; brother, Butch Gelwicks of Hagerstown; brother, John Gelwicks of Richmond, Va.; brother, Robert Gelwicks of Hagerstown; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by two sisters, Ruth Bovey and Mary Gelwicks; a twin infant brother, Donald Gelwicks; and a brother, Joseph “Dick” Gelwicks.

The family will receive friends at Osborne Funeral Home, 425 S. Conococheague St., Williamsport, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, from 10 a.m. to noon. The funeral home will be open after 9 a.m. Thursday for the convenience of family and friends.

Graveside services will be held at Cedar Lawn Memorial Park, Hagerstown, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2012, at 1 p.m. with the Rev. Ernest E. Witmer officiating.

Memorial donations may be made to Humane Society of Morgan County, P.O. Box 705, Berkeley Springs, WV 25411.

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