Malcolm Eugene “Gene” Gerould, 86,
Malcolm Eugene “Gene” Gerould, 86, of 571 Ellis Hill Road, Towanda, PA (Asylum Twp.) passed away Monday morning, Oct. 24, 2011 at his home. “Gene,” as he was known by his family and friends, was born Nov. 9, 1924 in Towanda, the son of Yetter and Mary Brenizer Gerould. He attended school in Rome, and in his youth worked on farms in the Rome area.
He later served with the U.S. Marine Corps Combat Engineers Battalion from 1944 to 1946 at Iwo Jima during World War II. Following completion of his military service, he attended Mansfield College. He was employed by NEBA in Tunkhannock from 1947 to 1967 and by Agway, Inc. covering Northeastern Pennsylvania and Southern Tier New York from 1967 until his retirement in 1988.
Gene was a member of the Rome Borough Council for 20 years and formerly served as Rome Mayor. In earlier years, he actively served as a firefighter with the Vigilante Engine Company in Rome and was a former member of the Troy VFW Post. He loved the outdoors, farming, raising cattle, sheep and horses. He also enjoyed hunting and woodworking.
Survivors include his wife, Betty Vite Kilmer at home; children, Phillip E. Gerould and wife, Sharon of Rome, Suzanne Gerould-Joyner and husband, Fred of Binghamton, NY; step-children, Michael Kilmer and wife, Lou Ann of Wyalusing, Jackie Evans of Mansfield, Becky Kerstetter of South Waverly, Cindy Morse of Wellsboro, Gregory Kilmer and wife, Trixie of Towanda, Todd Kilmer and Theresa Steele of Towanda; grandchildren, Cory Gerould, Lisa Gerould and Simon Gerould Joyner; step-grandchildren, Joshua, Ethan and Justin Kilmer, Chris, Aaron, Amy and Andrew Evans, Keri Kerstetter Ayres, Abby Kerstetter and Jodi Kerstetter Sharif, Nikolas, Kylie and Lauren Morse, Gregory, Joseph and Jennifer Kilmer, Jonathan Kilmer and 11 great-grandchildren, who were all very special to him, and several nieces, nephews, cousins and many good friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Clinton Gerould, who died in combat during World War II, and sisters, Dorothy Gerould Schoonover and Betty Gerould Taylor.
The funeral service will be held Friday, Oct. 28 at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Maryott-Bowen Funeral Home, 217 York Ave., Towanda, with Pastor Donn Hauser of the Independent Baptist Church, Towanda, officiating. Interment will follow in Bradford County Memorial Park, Luthers Mills, with the Penn-York Detachment Marine Corps League and Towanda American Legion Post No. 42 according full military honors. The family will receive friends on Friday from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that contributions be directed to the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 37, 742 Bridge St., Towanda, PA 18848 in Malcolm Eugene “Gene” Gerould’s memory.