George Oliver Grate, 81, Rutland, Ohio, went home to be with our Lord on October 6, 2012. He passed away peacefully at his residence.
Born October 7, 1930, in Vinton County, to the late Earl and Julia Cobb Grate. He retired from Betsy Ross Bakery after 34 years as a Regional Manager. He then took employment at Rutland Bottle Gas for 15 years.
He was married to Violet Irene Fout for 63 years. They were married at his parents home place in Vinton County on January 22, 1949. He was a member of Rutland Nazarene Church in Rutland. George was a loving husband and father of five children.
Surviving George are his wife, Violet Irene Grate of Rutland, Ohio; daughter, Bonnie (Mike) Nicholson of Elyria, Ohio; son, Ron (Becky) Grate of Pomeroy; son, Mike Grate of Mt. Pleasant, Tennessee; daughter, Georgene Davis of Winchester, Kentucky; daughter, Beverly (Jeff) Jayne of Franklin Furnace, Ohio; 11 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He is also survived by his brother, Herman Grate of Overbrook Rehabilitation Center, Middleport; sister, Ova Lyons of Bear Lake Michigan; sister, Eva (John) Hersman, Jr. of Marion, Ohio; along with several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Earl and Julia Cobb Grate; granddaughter, Charity Diane Nicholson; brothers, Arnold Grate, Wendell Grate, Robert Grate and Paul Grate.
Special thank you to friend and caregiver Marlene Carpenter and her husband Nat.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, October 10, 2012, at the Rutland Nazarene Church in Rutland, Ohio. Burial will be in Miles Cemetery, Rutland. Friends may call from 4-8 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, from at Anderson McDaniel Funeral Home in Pomeroy.
An on-line registry is available at www.andersonmcdaniel.com.