John Richard “Dick” Gaynor of Shinnston received his heavenly reward on Saturday, October 19, 2019 at United Hospital Center surrounded by his immediate family at the age of 88. He was born October 8, 1931 at Goff Station, just outside of Clarksburg a son of the late John Franklin and Marguerite Winnings Gaynor. Dick spent his formative years at Kennedy Station, Jacksons Mill and Weston.
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On May 18, 1957 he married the love of his life, Carol Juanita Kingery Gaynor of Lockney in Gilmer County.
Dick is survived by two daughters, whom he literally worshipped, Jennifer Louise Gaynor (Kenny Shade) of Martinsburg, WV. and Carol Kathleen (Kathy) Gaynor of Herndon, VA; and his brother, William C. “Bill” Gaynor as well as several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Dick was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents, Frank and Elsie Winnings; his paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ira Gaynor; and his sister-in-law, Barbara Ables Gaynor.
He served our country for four years in the United States Air Force, enlisting on January 8, 1951, serving on active duty on the Island of ChoDo, Korea. He was a Staff Sergeant upon being honorably discharged on January 8, 1955. Dick worked at one time for the Hope Natural Gas Company, O. C. Smith (Western Auto) and later retired from Monongahela Power Company, Harrison Power Plant.
He was a life member of the National Rifle Association where he taught many firearms safety classes and was a Charter member of the Lumberport Rifle and Pistol Club. He was also a Charter member of Life Builders Fellowship Church. He was a fantastic woodworker, having made several items such as the communion table, pastor’s podium and cross for his Church. Also, Dick took two big logs, had them cut at a sawmill and made his wife, Carol, a gorgeous cedar chest. Give him a piece of wood and he was a magician. He could also repair just about any piece of machinery. He was always told he could fix anything except the crack of dawn.
Dick had a love of trains. From building HO gauge sets, to riding aboard actual trains from Cass Scenic Railroad and The Durbin Rocket, all the way to Alaska to ride the White Pass Yukon Railroad and the Alaska Railroad. He was a volunteer at United Hospital Center for several years where he was in charge of vending. One of his proudest accomplishments was the fact that he and his wife Carol were the first couple to receive the Volunteer of the Year award from WBOY-TV and the Miley Legal Group.
In keeping with his wishes, cremation services were provided by Perine Funeral Home. A memorial graveside service will be held at the Weston Masonic Cemetery on Wednesday, October 23 at 1:00 PM with Pastor Don Johnson officiating. Military Honors will be accorded by the U.S. Airforce and the Lewis County Honor Guard. Online condolences and memories can be extended to the family at www.perinefunerals.com
The Perine Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gaynor family.