Friday, May 5th, 2017
Lloyd Victor Gause
Lloyd Victor Gause, 99, of Rockford, Ohio, died at 8:22 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at his lifelong home.
He was born in Mercer County, OH on the family homestead on December 29, 1917. He was the son of J. Estle Gause and Rosetta (Slusser) Gause. Lloyd was a 1935 graduate of Rockford High School. He was a lifelong dairy farmer on the family farm.
On October 15, 1944, he married Florence E. Shively who then became his partner working the family farm together. Florence and Lloyd were married in the home that they lovingly shared for over 72 years of marriage, spending every day together until she preceded him in death on March 14, 2017 in their home.
Lloyd was a long time active member of the Chattanooga United Methodist Church. In 1939 he became a member of the Chattanooga Grange, and then the Unity Grange, and was also a member of the Pomona Grange in Mercer County - he was a dedicated member of the Grange for 78 years.
Surviving are his three children: a son, David (Lois) Gause; two daughters, Vickie (Tim) Bollenbacher, and Marjorie (Jay) Ellis, all of Rockford; 11 grandchildren; 3 step-grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; 11 step-great grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; 1 sister, Eulah Shank of Hoagland, IN; and many nieces and nephews. Deceased are his loving wife; parents; an infant son; 4 brothers, Ralph, Gale, Chester, and Lewis Ray Gause; 6 sisters, Beatrice Huston, Thelma Gehron, Anna Gehron, and Mary, Esther, and Honore Gause who all three passed away as young children; 3 half-brothers, Clarence, LeRoy, and Charles Gause; and 1 half-sister, Amotie Gause.
Services will be held on Monday, May 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m., at Ketcham-Ripley Funeral Home in Rockford, with Pastor Tom Brunstrup officiating. Burial will follow at East Bethel Cemetery outside of Rockford.
Friends may call on Sunday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. and Monday at the funeral home beginning at 10:00 a.m. up until the time of the service.
Following the wishes of Lloyd, the family requests that memorials be directed to Chatt United Methodist Church or the Cancer Association of Mercer County ... as Lloyd would have jokingly said "I don't want any 'brush' lying around, can't eat it!"
Condolences may be expressed at ketchamripley.com.