Gerald E. Graybill, 86, of Noll Lane, Richfield, went home to be with his Lord and Savior at 10:40 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016, at Brookline Manor, Mifflintown.
He was born Aug. 9, 1930, in West Perry Township, Snyder County, a son of the late Albert H. and Dorothy M. (Graybill) Graybill. On Oct. 2, 1976, he married the former Dorothy M. Derstine who survives.
Gerald attended Crossroads School, Richfield, and graduated from Practical Bible Training School (now Davis College), Johnson City, N.Y.
He was first employed with his father in the family lumber business, later at Faylor-Middlecreek Construction Co., where he was a foreman. For 10 years, along with his wife, owned and operated The Dutch Kitchen Restaurant, Port Trevorton. He was also a self-employed logger and retired two years ago from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania working at the Farm Show Complex.
Gerald attended Emmanuel Bible Fellowship Church, Sunbury.
He was a gifted worker in construction and built two homes that he lived in. He was an avid reader, and politics and end time prophecy were his favorite subjects.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Paul T. Graybill and Titus E. Graybill, both of Mount Pleasant Mills; two daughters and one son-in-law, Carol J. and Dale Mitterling, of Middleburg, and Ruth D. Graybill, of Lynchburg, Va.; four grandchildren, Brandy Kreitzer, Trent Mittering and his fiance, Kirsten, Brian Mitterling and wife, Jeana, and Kristen Reichenbach and husband, Matthew; one great-grandchild on the way; six stepchildren and their spouses, Stephen and Rebecca Forman, of Turbotville, Rosanna and Nelson Hess, of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Carl and Joni Forman, of Turbotville, Regena and Joseph Garreau, of Lewisburg, Rebecca and Kelly Cruise, of Wooster, Ohio, and Rhonda Formanek of Vienna, Austria; seven stepgrandchildren; 17 stepgreat-grandchildren; four sisters and three brothers-in-law, Esther and William Shaffer, of Richfield, Bessie and Wayne Keisling, of Louisville, Ky., Emma and Larry Zechman, of Middleburg, and Ida Fowler, of Lewistown; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Mary Graybill; and six brothers, Herman, Corbet, James, Casper, Raymond and Timothy Graybill; and one stepgrandson, Jesse Forman.
Friends and family will be received from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, followed by the funeral at 11, at the Hummel Funeral Home, 574 Hill St., Middleburg, with his brother-in-law, the Rev. Wayne Keisling officiating.
Entombment will be in Northumberland Memorial Park, Stonington.
Contributions to honor Gerald's memory may be made to Friends of Israel Gospel Ministry, P.O. Box 908, Bellmawr, NJ 08099 or to Midnight Call Ministries, P.O. Box 84309, Lexington, SC 29073.
Published on September 15, 2016