November 30, -0001 - May 29, 2012
GAHN, Bruce M., beloved husband of Shelley Gahn (nee Mattson). Loving father of Gina (Jeff) Hibshman and Jeff (Andrea) Gahn. Devoted grandfather of Bennett and Kyle Hibshman. Dear brother of Sharon (John) Ranchan, Judith (the late David) Gangwer and Mary Lou Butchko. Also survived by numerous nieces and nephews. Bruce was an Aerospace Engineer who retired from G.E. after 38 years. Passed away May 29, 2012 at the age of 62. Memorial visitation will take place at the Hodapp Funeral Home, 6410 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. (LIBERTY TWP.), on Saturday, June 2, from 10 a.m. until 12 noon. Funeral service will take place at Grace Lutheran Church, 705 E. State St., Fremont, OH 43420 on Monday, June 4, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Research, P.O. Box 670570, Cinti, OH 45267 (https://webapps.uc.edu/foundation/gift/gift.aspx?PrimCat=26&SubCat=167), or Hospice of Cincinnati, P.O. 633597, Cinti, OH 45263; or to Smokey Mountain National Park “Friends of the Smokies” P.O. Box 1660, Kodak, TN 37764 (http://shop.friendsofthesmokies.org/).
I met Bruce in the Spring of 1968 when we were both assigned co-op jobs at the Lockheed-Georgia Company in Marietta, Georgia. We were freshman aerospace engineering students at the University of Cincinnati. We arrived at Lockheed just before the C-5A made its first flight June 30, 1968. We roomed together in Marietta and watched Neil Armstrong walk on the moon there. Our co-op experience concluded after the Summer of 1971 and we graduated from U. C. June 4, 1972. During the 1970’s I worked in Dayton and we saw each other regularly. After I took the job at Delta and moved to Atlanta in 1980 our contacts were infrequent but regular. In 2000 Bruce invited me to meet him in the Smoky Mountains for camping and hiking. We met for 10 consecutive Octobers. We often reviewed our co-op time in Georgia and agreed that was a profound experience. Since his illness we had several less strenuous adventures and last Summer reconnected with a Marietta friend we hadn’t seen for 40 years. Bruce knew how lucky he was to have Shelley helping him during his illness. When the demands of his care increased his 3 sisters really came through to help her so Bruce had the best caregiver staff a person could want. It breaks my heart that they and his children and grandchildren won’t have Bruce anymore. He was a genuine good guy and I’m glad I had the privilege of knowing him and sharing many special times.
On behalf of myself and the rest of my family, I would like to express my condolences on the passing of Bruce. I often reflect on the time Gina and I spent together, and have always been appreciative of how gracious and kind Bruce and Shelly were to me; those are fond memories for me. He was a good man and good father; and I know he will be missed.
Words cannot express the sorrow and grief we share with you, Gina and Jeff. Perhaps time will assist us all, given the opportunity. I’m sad that Bruce wasn’t given that time.
Shelley & family, I was so surprised to learn of Bruce’s passing. Please know how very sorry I am and that you all are in my thoughts and prayers every step of the way. My deepest and heartfelt sympathy…
I am so glad I had the chance to reconnect with Bruce after 40 years. I met him when he was a co-op student at Lockheed Marietta, GA in 1969. He was just a wonderful person and I offer my deepest sympathy to Shelley and all of Bruce’s family.
I am really saddened by Bruce’s passing. Let me know how I can help. I am praying that your family finds the strength to heal.
You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. I’m right down the street, so don’t hesitate to call for anything, anytime. Peace be with you, Lisa
Dear Shelley, Gina & family, and Jeff & family-
I am terribly saddened to learn of Bruce’s passing. He was a wonderful man, and will be greatly missed. I have many fond memories of him from when we used to visit my grandparents. You are all in my family’s thoughts and prayers.
Bruce was a very good friend and I will miss him. He has gone much too soon. He and his family are in my thoughts and prayers.
We are so sadden by Bruce’s passing. It was so good to see you two at Wendy’s Dad’s funeral visitation a few month’s ago. Bruce looked really good at that time. We have been praying for Bruce daily ever since. It felt like we had 44 years of catching up to do. We will be unable to attend Bruce’s funeral in Fremont on Monday due to our son’s visitation from Colorado and vacation plans, but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers in the days, weeks and months to come. We pray that God will give you His much needed peace and comfort. Perhaps we can figure out how to get together later this summer with Cheryl for some long overdue catching up.
With our love,
Rick & Luella
We are so sorry for your loss. We are thankful for the pleasure to have met Bruce at Jeff and Andrea’s wedding. A truely lovely man. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
Ray and Mae Pelletier
Jeff and Andrea,
We love you and are heart-broken for your loss. We are thinking of you. Love, Mom and Dad
I am so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing. You and Gina and Jeff will miss him very much. The next weeks and months will be very difficult. Know you are in my thoughts and prayers. If you need to talk please call me. I will be a listening ear. Phone number 9193592504.
We are so sorry for your loss. To all your family, our deepest sympathy.
I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please know that I will keep him and your family in my prayers.