Sunday, August 22, 2004

Frank Gulley, 78, was church elder


Harrison resident also draftsman

By Nicole Hamilton
Enquirer staff writer

HARRISON - Loyalty was paramount to Frank J. Gulley.

"He was extremely loyal to his church, family and friends. He was someone you could depend on to be there for you. Very sincere," said his daughter, Linda Bohman of Colerain Township.

Mr. Gulley, who worked for several years as a draftsman for Cincinnati Inc., died Wednesday at Mercy Franciscan Hospital in Mount Airy from complications from diabetes. The longtime Harrison resident was 78.

Raised on a farm in Everton, Ind., Mr. Gulley graduated from high school in Everton and then entered the U.S. Army, where he served near the Rhine River in Germany with the 70th Infantry Division during World War II.

Discharged in 1946, he moved to Indianapolis and took engineering classes at a branch of Purdue University.

After marrying his wife, Mary Harper Gulley, the two moved to Harrison, and shortly after, Mr. Gulley began working for Cincinnati Shaper Co., now Cincinnati Inc., which manufactures metalworking machinery. He retired in 1986.

Mr. Gulley was an elder at First Christian Church in Harrison for more than 30 years. He also served as chairman of the board and chairman of the elders at various times.

A member of Harrison Lodge No. 140 I00F for 47 years, he became grand master of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, Independent Order of Odd Fellows in 1997.

His first wife, Mary Harper Gulley, died in 1998.

Besides his daughter, other survivors include his wife Elsie Werner Gulley of Harrison; a daughter, Kathy Dennis of Louisville; a son, Steve of Groesbeck; four sisters, June Garman of Ashburn, Va., Eilene Riebsomer of Connorsville, Ind., Wilma Koch of Winchester, Ind., and Becky Stephen of Pensacola, Fla.; two brothers, Marvin and Norman Gulley, both of Marion, Ind., and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be 12:30-3:30 p.m. today at John C. Brater Funeral Home, 201 S. Vine St., Harrison. Service will be 1 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial will be in Glen Haven Cemetery, Harrison.

Memorials may be made to the Diabetes Association for Research, c/o the John C. Brater Funeral Home, 201 S. Vine St., Harrison, OH 45030.

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E-mail nhamilton@enquirer.com




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