Algie Eugene “Gene” Gault, 85, of Heath, died March 6, 2016, at his home in River Oaks, following an extended illness. He was born August 8, 1930, in Steubenville, to Donald M. and Hope I. (Bills) Gault.
Gene graduated from high school in Phoenix, Arizona, but always considered St. Mary’s High School (The Blue Devils), St. Mary’s, West Virginia, his home. Following high school, he served honorably in the US Army, during the Korean Conflict. He also served in FAMED Strategic Air Command, and was stationed at the Imperial Palace, Tokyo, Japan, as a member of the Honor Guard for the General. After military service, he graduated from Marietta College in 1956 with a B.S. in business. He was a member of the Varsity M Football team.
Gene was a charter member of the Moundbuilders DeMolay in Newark, Masonic Lodge at St. Mary’s West Virginia and 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason, Valley of Charleston. He was a long time member and CFO for the American Legion Hebron Post #285 and a member of the Hebron United Methodist Church.
Gene loved to golf, and called Harbor Hills Golf Course his home. He was a long time member of the club and received the President’s Award.
His life’s work centered on accounting, and he retired from the City of Zanesville as the City Income Tax Administrator. He took care of taxes for many family members and friends, so during tax season raise a toast to Gene!
He is survived by his loving family: Sons, John and Jay; daughter, Anne (Michael) Fornataro of Buckeye Lake; grandchildren, Brooke (Alex Kirkpatrick) Gault and Brayan (Spencer Hayes) Gault; great-grandchildren, Brynlee Kirkpatrick and Bristol Kirkpatrick of Hebron; special friend, Kathy Wildermuth of Newark; his two canine companions, Bell and Buttons; brother, James D. (Linda) Gault of Raleigh, North Carolina; and nieces, Jamie (Lisa) Gault, their sons Alex and Fox Morgan and Mary (Scott) Sides and their children Dalton and Zach, all of Raleigh, North Carolina.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Norma Wildermuth Gault; and daughter-in-law, Denise Gault.
Honoring Gene’s wishes, there will be graveside services with full military honors by the Licking County Veterans Alliance at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 11, 2016, in the Fairmount Cemetery, Jacksontown, with Pastor Brian Harkness officiating. A memorial celebration will follow at the Harbor Hills Country Club.
The family prefers that memorials be directed to the Foundation for Hospice of Central Ohio, P.O. Box 430, Newark, Ohio 43058 instead of flowers.
An on-line video tribute and guest register are available at www.hoskinsonfuneral.com