William Gatchell

GATCHELL, William “Had,” 86, of Bridgeport, Ohio, passed Friday, January 17, 2014, at Wheeling Hospital.

He was born in Bridgeport on June 15, 1927, a son of the late Hadres W. and Bonnie Marie Covey Gatchell.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Mary Lou Howell Gatchell; and a sister, Vera Marie Smith.

William was a member of Masonic Lodge Bridgeport 181; First United Methodist Church of Bridgeport where he served as trustee and head usher; American Legion Post #38, Martins Ferry; Brookside Village Council member for 43 years; a member of Bridgeport Foresters Club; and a U.S. Army veteran of WWII.

William is survived by a daughter, Lori Marie Custer and her husband James of St. Clairsville, Ohio; a sister, Patricia Ann Grover and her husband Walter “Skip” of Bridgeport; grandchildren, Matthew and Kayla Custer; and several nieces and nephews.

Friends will be received Sunday noon-4 and 6-8 p.m. at Wilson Funeral Home, 920 National Road, Brookside, Ohio, where services will be held Monday, January 20, 2014, at 11 a.m. with Rev. James Hoff officiating.

Military Honors will be provided by Belmont County Council of the American Legion at 10:45 a.m. at the funeral home.

Memorial Contributions may be made to First United Methodist Church, Bridgeport.

Interment will follow at Holly Memorial Gardens, Pleasant Grove.

Offer online condolences at www.wilsonfuneralhomes.com.