Lyle Gabriel, 89, of 9429 Marks Corners Rd., Clymer, passed away July 11, 2013, in Corry Manor Nursing Home.
He was born June 10, 1924 the son of the late William and Lottie Redding Gabriel at the family farm in French Creek, where he resided all of his life.
Lyle was a graduate of Sherman High School in 1942. Besides the farm, he worked at H.K. Nuttall Equipment Inc. for 10 yrs and also ran his own lime business. He served 35 years total as Town Justice and Highway Superintendent for French Creek, along with serving as board director of the Sherman Farmers Mill. He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Caroline Persons Gabriel; 3 children, Diane (Ken) Rickard of Lakewood, NY, Allene Hooper of Frewsburg, NY, and Philip (Sue) Gabriel of Clymer, NY. 5 grandchildren, Stewart (Jill) and Garrett (Tracy Williams) Rickard, Jenna Hooper, and Travis and Tyler Gabriel; 3 step grandchildren, Mike (Sara), Meghan, and Matt Anderson; 2 great grandchildren, Cody and Georgia Rickard; 2 step great grandchildren, Owen and Paisley Anderson. Besides his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Gabe, Donald, Raymond and Everett and a sister, Margaret Phillips Park Medwid; also a son in law, Lowry Hooper; nieces, Charlotte Crandall and Dixie Crawford, and a nephew David Edwards.
Services will be held at the convenience of the family no visitation will be observed. Arrangements are being handled by the Spitzer Funeral Home, Clymer, NY. Memorials may be made to the Chautauqua County Humane Society or the 3 local Volunteer Fire departments.
The family would like to thank Lyle's friends who visited or sent well wishes and kind words and kept him up on the local "gossip"!