Granville J. “Granny” Gano, 84, of Liberty Township, died Thursday, March 31, 2011 at Quaker Heights Care Community in Waynesville, Ohio. He is survived by his wife, Jane Dewey Gano. They were married March 25, 1950 and were married for 61 years. Mr. Gano was born August 16, 1926, in Liberty Township, Clinton County, Ohio, son of the late Granville S. and Emma Staubus Gano. He graduated from Wilmington High School in 1944.
He was well known and respected as a farmer, athlete, parent, husband, friend and neighbor. He served as a Liberty Township trustee for 28 years. He was a member of the Port William Lions Club where he was awarded the Melvin Jones Lifetime Fellow award. He was a member of the Wilmington Elks Club and the Wilmington Masonic Lodge. He served many years on the Clinton County Republican Central Committee and the Agricultural Soil Conservation Service. He was a member of the Lumberton United Methodist Church. He enjoyed sports, bowling and hunting, but mostly enjoyed being with family and friends. His father was critically injured, leaving “Granny” in charge of the family farm at an early age. He displayed common sense and a work ethic that is rarely matched, but he was never too busy to go to a son’s ballgame or help with a granddaughter’s activity or aid a neighbor.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, G. Allen (Judy) Gano and Robert D. (Marcia) Gano; four granddaughters, Cortney (Mark) Hatmaker, Alexis Gano, Emma Gano, and Jackie Gano; three sisters-in-law, Betty Gano, Martha Jacoby, and Anne Williams; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, John (Mary Ellen) Gano and George Gano; and three sisters, Madelle (Harold) Davis, Lucille Inwood Stuckert, and Ruth Anna Gano.
Funeral services will be 2:00 PM, Monday, April 4, 2011 at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, 840 Timber Glen Drive, Wilmington, Ohio with burial in Maple Grove Cemetery, Port William, Ohio. Friends may call from 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington. The family is grateful for the special, kind care he received at Cape May and Quaker Heights Care Center and a very short time from Crossroads Hospice of Dayton. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 644 Linn St., Suite 1026, Cincinnati, Ohio 45203 or a charity of the donor’s choice.