George Gaich

Feb 2, 1927 - Oct 1, 2013
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Oct. 1, 2013 -- Feb. 2, 1927

MEDINA -- George Gaich, born February 2, 1927 in Powhatan Point, Ohio joined his beloved wife in heaven on October 1, 2013.

He died peacefully with his son Steven at his side in Medina, Ohio where he lived the last couple of years.

George was a loving husband to his wife Irene, and a father, grandfather, great-grandfather and uncle whose unconditional love for all of us was undeniable. George lived a full and happy life of 86 years. He served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division of the U.S. Army occupation forces in Japan during World War II.

After the war, he returned to high school to earn his diploma at Powhatan High School. Through the encouragement and support of his high school football coach, George played college football, attending University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and then transferring to Western New Mexico University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education and in later years, his Master's Degree in Education.

After the war, he returned to high school to earn his diploma at Powhatan High School. Through the encouragement and support of his high school football coach, George played college football, attending University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and then transferring to Western New Mexico University where he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Education and in later years, his Master's Degree in Education.

He taught school for 30 years in Powhatan Point, North Fairfield, Berlin Heights and Willard, Ohio. Throughout his teaching career he coached several sports but loved coaching football the most. He was an advocate for school - based driver education believing that it could result in saving lives. He served as Athletic Director in Willard for many years and was proud of the student athletes' accomplishments during that time. After retirement he tutored students at EHOVE joint vocational school helping them earn their diplomas. He served on Willard City Council and the Willard Board of Education extending his life of public service. George was a lifelong learner, earning his pilot's license, his real estate license and learning how to snorkel at age 72 while in Hawaii celebrating his 40th wedding anniversary with his family. He had a Facebook page where he kept in touch with his former students, nieces and friends.

In addition to his wife, Irene, he is preceded in death by his parents Eli and Sima Pavlovich Gaich, brothers and sister - in-law Mike and Sam (Ora) Gaich.

George is survived by his daughter Pamela (Greg) VanHorn, sons Dr. Gregory Gaich and Dr. Steven (Catherine) Gaich. Grandchildren Dr. Daniel (Dr. Abigaile) VanHorn, Joe And Kendra VanHorn, Brooke Paddock, Caitlin and Emma Gaich, AJ and Ponch Gaich, great-grandchildren, Kate and Jake VanHorn, Dr. Carol Gaich, mother of Cokie, Emma and Brooke, sister-in-law Mary Ann Wickham, many loving nieces and nephews, a host of friends and the hundreds of students whose lives he touched.

Family will receive friends at Secor Funeral Home 202 W. Maple Street, Willard , Ohio on Thursday, October 17, 2013 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. We will celebrate dad's life at 7:30 p.m. Family and friends will be invited to share a story or a memory of our dad at that time. A graveside service with full military honors will be held at noon on October 18th, 2013 at Greenwood Cemetery, 1526 National Road, Wheeling, West Virginia. George and Irene's ashes will be interred together as they wished.