ROMNEY, W.Va. A. Gerald McCleary, age 89, of Romney, died peacefully at Winchester Medical Center on Thursday, July 13, 2017.
Gerald is the son of the late Perry McCleary and Viola Kidwell McCleary. He is also predeceased by his brother, Rollin McCleary and a sister, Rita Downey.
Gerald is survived by a sister, Vera Rankin of Falling Waters; two nephews, Michael and Patrick and five nieces, Sheila, Siobhan, Sinead, Maria, Meraid; and many other cousins and family members.
Gerald was born in Cumberland, in 1927, and when he was three years old, he and his family moved to Levels. He was raised in that area and attended grade school at Levels and High School in Paw Paw. Gerald worked while going to school at various jobs, however, he seemed to wind up doing a good bit of work on the orchards. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and spent 13 months in the South Pacific on the island of Guam with the Twentieth Air Force. After his military service, Gerald returned to Levels for a short time, soon moving to Ohio where he spent 31 years with the Republic Steel Company, retiring back to Levels in 1983. While in Ohio Gerald took up flying accumulating several hundred hours of flying time and earned his commercial Pilot's License with instrument rating.
Prior to Gerald's retirement, he loved to travel making three "round the world" trips and visited every State in the United States, all the Canadian Provinces and visited all seven Continents. Gerald loved anything to do with travel; planes, cruise ships, campers, automobiles "whatever, let's go." While visiting Stalingrad in Southern Russia, he was asked to lay the wreath at the Tomb of The Unknown Soldier, an honor and memory he always cherished.
Gerald never married, consequently, his family was that much more important to him. He supported his family during troubled economic times and was one who could always be counted on. When he would come to visit he always made sure it was short and sweet. In retirement, he often offered his skills as a handyman and electrician at no charge to his neighbors, or anyone who needed help. His sister, Vera, lovingly recalls that he was a good brother on all fronts and the his kind and gentle ways will be missed.
Graveside services will be held on Sunday, July 16, 2017, at 1 p.m. at the Branch Mountain Cemetery in Three Churches, with Pastor Denzil Davis officiating.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the charity of your choice.
Inquiries may be directed to Shaffer Funeral Home, Romney 304.822.3511.
Published on July 13, 2017