Gail C. Kerry, 77, of Portersville passed away Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at the Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh surrounded by his loving family.
Born January 2, 1941 in Portersville, he was the son of the late Roy W. and Velda Young Kerry. He was married to Gena Creech Kerry who survives. They had been together for 16 years.
Gail and his family owned and successfully operated Kerry Coal Company which he enjoyed. He graduated from Lincoln High School, loved his church, and was a member of the First Church of God in Ellwood City. His family remembers him with a calm demeanor, a very patient and generous man. An outdoorsman, Gail was an avid big game hunter and enjoyed camping and rescuing dogs. He loved nature, had an immense respect for wildlife, and enjoyed watching them from his back porch. He also loved his country and relished exploring. Gail had a keen interest in education and was a generous supporter of Anderson University in Anderson, Indiana.
In addition to his wife, Gena, survivors include two daughters, Alissa ( Michelle) Kerry-Stump of Indianapolis, Indiana, Darla (Nick) DiBiase of Butler; three step children that he helped raise; Meredith (Jarrod) Miller of Pittsburgh, Garrison Phillis of California, and Weston Phillis of New Wilmington; three sisters, Bonnie (Don) McKinsey, Wanda (Cliff) Garras, Linda Kerry; and two brothers, Vernon (Michelle) Kerry, Dr. Roy (Nora Lee) Kerry.
He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Robert (Maude) Kerry and a sister, Elsie M. (Frank) Moore.
Family and friends will be received on Saturday, January 5 from 10 am until the time of the funeral service at 11 am at the First church of God, Mercer Rd. Ellwood City. Pastor Phil Conklin will officiate the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Humane Society or the Leukemia Lymphoma Society.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Marshall Funeral Home, Ellwood City. Online condolences may be sent to marshallsfh.com.
I am so sorry for your loss- Alissa and Darla, it has been forever since I have seen you, but I know our Dad’s have been best friends their whole lives. We always got to see your Dad every summer at Whitehall Camp during Family Camp. I will always remember his smile, laugh and gentle, humble spirit. Praying for God to wrap his arms of comfort and wonderful memories around you all!
To Alissa and family: My condolences for your loss and prayers for your healing.
Alissa, very sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that we are thinking about you hear at work with heavy hearts during this difficult time for you. May God bless you and your family with peace and comfort during this time and the days to come.
I will be praying for yourself and family during this difficult time in your life.
Lean on God, he will keep you and comfort you through this.