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Gerald Proper, a former resident of Titusville, passed away Saturday, July 22, 2017. Gerald was the oldest living Proper to the age of 90 for 7 generations. Married June 26, 1948 to former Grace Irene McCauley. He had many jobs through the years. He was a welder by trade but he retired from Pennzoil as an operator in the De waxing unit. The last years he spent caring for his wife with dementia were the hardest. He thanked the Man Upstairs for all their many years together every day. He fought a good fight with cancer during the last 5 years which he refused treatment in 2012 to take care of his wife, without complaining.
He is survived by his wife, Two daughters: Joyce Proper Schwindt (Ed), Sherry Shawgo (Jim), Three Grandchildren: Dana Shawgo (Heidi), Lela Mullighan (John), Lacey Mileski, Three great grandchildren: Breana Grace Shawgo, Mackenzie Grace and Kolson Richard Mullighan, Brother-in-Law: Donald McCauley (Nancy), and many nieces and nephews. He had two special nephews: Randy and Gary Proper and a niece: Shirley Schwab and husband Denny. Proceeded him in death was his parents: Lloyd and Lela Proper, daughter: Robin Proper, brother: Wayne Proper and wife June Proper and many Brother and Sister in laws.
No viewing or memorial service will be held until the demise of his wife. At that time a memorial will be to celebrate their lives together.
You can remember Gerald in many ways, what most explains him is the Song from Frank Sinatra "I did it my way", and he did a great job!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Venango VNA Foundation 491 Allegheny Blvd., Franklin, PA 16323.
Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Gordon B. Garrett Funeral Home 303 N. Washington St., Titusville, PA 16354. If you would like to leave a condolence for the family go to garrettfuneralhomeinc.com.
Published on July 25, 2017
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