Kenneth C. Gabel

  • Born: July 15, 1926
  • Died: February 23, 2013
  • Location: North Ridgeville, Ohio

Tribute & Message From The Family

Kenneth C. Gabel, age 86, of North Ridgeville, passed away after a lengthy illness on February 23, 2013 at the Ames Family Hospice House with his family by his side.
He was born on July 15, 1926 in Avon, and served in the U.S. Navy on L.S.T. 285 during WWII. He was a resident of North Ridgeville for 30 years before moving to Clearwater, FL in 1990. Kenneth worked as the Director of Production Services for First Energy, retiring in 1990. Never one to sit still, upon moving to Clearwater, Kenneth worked for 6 more years at N.U.S. Halliburton. He was a member of St. Peter Catholic Church, American Legion Post 0717 and V.F.W. Post 1079.
In his free time, he enjoyed golf, wood carving, gardening, but most of all spending time with his family at the beach.
Kenneth is survived by his wife of 53 years, Rita (nee O'Neil); sons Terry (Kathy) of Lakewood and Casey (Jeanne) of North Ridgeville; daughters Kathleen (Chuck) Smith of Oberlin, Kathleen (Ken) Koubek of Litchfield, Pamela (Ken) Scakacs of North Ridgeville and Judy (Tom) Hopkins of Grafton; 13 grandchildren; 11 great grandchildren; sister Lorene (Neil) Alston of Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents Edward and Jeanne (nee Brence) Gabel; son William Frey and daughter-in-law Patricia Gabel.
The family will receive friends from 4-8 PM on Tuesday in the Bogner Family Funeral Home 36625 Center Ridge Road, N. Ridgeville where a prayer service will be held 9:30 AM Wednesday followed by a 10 AM Mass at St. Peter Catholic Church. Rev. Bob Franco will officiate. Interment with Military Honors in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Ames Family Hospice House, 30080 Hospice Way, Westlake 44145.


Condolence & Memory Journal

Terry & Cathy and the Gabel Family,

With great regrets, I am sorry that I could not extend my deepest condolences in person to you and the rest of the family. Kenny, as I knew him, was a mentor and father figure to me as we worked together at the Avon Lake Power Plant. He treated me with the utmost respect even though I was just a "young kid". Many of the things that I learned from him helped me to survive in the 20+ years since he retired. Thank you Ken!!!

Tom Rose

Posted by Thomas Rose - Westlake, OH - Friend & co-worker   March 01, 2013

So sorry to hear that your dad passed away. He is so much better off now and at peace. Hold on to the memorys' you had with him, they will never go away.

Posted by Julie Gray - Rootstown, OH - Fellow associate   February 25, 2013

Lori and Family,

Please accept our sympathy on the loss of your brother Kenneth. We are thinking of you in this sad time.

Love, Carol and Fred

Posted by Fred and Carol Scharmann - Avon, OH - friends   February 25, 2013


Rita & Family -- My thoughts and prayers are with you. I shall cherish the many good times we enjoyed in Florida in recent years. Ken had such a wonderful sense of humor and was always so upbeat and full of fun and laughter. He wilkl be greatly missed by all of us. Love, marcia & family

Posted by Marcia Taylor - Lexington, KY - Cousin   February 24, 2013

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Our prayers are with you.
Dave and Elaine

Posted by David and Elaine Alston - Colorado Springs, CO   February 24, 2013