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Gary L. Lohiser, 62, Duke Center, PA

Gary L. Lohiser
beloved brother, uncle, and friend

DUKE CENTER, Pa. — Gary L. Lohiser, 62, passed away of natural causes on Thursday (July 13, 2017) at home in Duke Center.

Born Oct. 21, 1954, in Meadville, he was the son of William and Ruby Gates Lohiser, who passed away in 1963. Two years later, Gary and his four siblings joined the family of Rev. Glenn and Helen Hamilton of Duke Center, who became their foster parents.

Gary was a 1974 graduate of Otto-Eldred High School. He was employed for 29 years by Cutco Corporation in Olean, N.Y. He had previously been employed by the Case Company in Bradford.

Gary was a member of the Duke Center Free Methodist Church, and he subsequently attended the Cyclone, Prentisvale and Bradford Free Methodist Churches. 

Gary loved celebrating all holidays, but Christmas was an extra special time for him. He so enjoyed decorating his numerous Christmas trees with the many beautiful ornaments he had collected over the years. Spending that holiday with family and friends was one of his greatest joys.

Gary was a devoted and caring brother to his siblings and a dedicated son to his parents. Gary faithfully cared for his sister, Elizabeth, through her extended illness, and for Helen and Glenn in their later years.

Gary is survived by his brothers and sisters, Bryan, Marshall, Linda Lohiser and Loretta (Don) Christopherson; by his foster siblings, Ruth (Burt) Jones, David (Carolee) Hamilton and Darlene (Mel) O'Connor; and by his nieces and nephews, Mark (Amy), Laura (Pete) and Kevin; grandnieces and grandnephews Ian, Elena, Skylar, Justin, Oscar, Owen and Lucas.

Gary is also survived by his very special friend, Ella Mae Oliver, and her family. Ella Mae played a very important role in Gary's life and held a very special place in Gary's heart.

Gary was preceded in death by his nephew, Matthew Jones in 2005; his sister, Elizabeth Lohiser in 2012; and by his parents, Helen in 2015 and Glenn Hamilton in 2017.

Visitation will be 6 to 8 p.m. Monday (July 17, 2017) and from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, (July 18, 2017) at the Duke Center United Methodist Church. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. at the Methodist Church with Rev. Beth Rosler officiating.

 Memorial contributions can be made to Duke Center United Methodist Church.
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