Thomas L. Gabel, 82, formerly of New Knoxville, died on Sunday, March 15, 2014, at Gulfside Regional Hospice in Zephyrhills, Fla.
He was born on Jan. 9, 1932, in Columbus, to William Henry and Ruth (McPherson) Gabel.
On Jan. 31, 1953, in Washington, D.C., he married Gloria June McHugh, who died on Jan. 2, 2000.
He later married Ruth Hildreth in 2001, who survives in Columbus.
He is also survived by two daughters, Monica (Larry) Wills of Zephyrhills, Fla. and Meredith (Todd) Pratt of Spring Hill, Tenn.; seven sons, Harry (Christy Settlage) Gabel of New Knoxville, Thomas (Mary Jo Schmiesing) Gabel of Minster, Andrew (Nancy Kirkhoff) Gabel of Spencerville, John (Laura Raesky) Gabel of Wapakoneta, Chris (Gail Gurowski) Gabel of New Bremen, Matt (Jill Settlage) Gabel of New Knoxville and Eric (Mia Doty) Gabel of Mount Vernon, 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William Henry and Ruth Gabel, stepmother Ruth (Wright) Gabel and wife Gloria Gabel.
He was a graduate of Worthington High School and attended Ohio State University.
He retired from Kerry Ingredients Corp. in Covington, where he was plant manager.
A veteran of the Marine Corps, he served during the Korean War.
He was a member of the New Knoxville United Methodist Church, and American Legion Post 444 in New Knoxville. Tom was instrumental in the Buckeye Boys’ State program, having served as commissioner and program director for 40 years. He was also involved with the Farm Science Review in London for a number of years.
He enjoyed golfing and spending time with his family.
Funeral services are scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at New Knoxville United Methodist Church, the Rev. Dennis Gaertner and the Rev. Louis Schmitt officiating.
Burial with full graveside military honors will follow at Pilger Ruhe Cemetery in New Knoxville.
Visitation will be from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday at Miller Funeral Home 1605 Celina Road, Ohio 703 West Chapel, in St. Marys.
Memorial contributions may be directed to either Buckeye Boys State, Bethel UMC, or Tom and Gloria Gabel Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Online condolences may be expressed via MillerFuneralHomes.net.