Sep 22, 1921 - Mar 1, 2017
Thirmen E. Gainer, 95, of Big Springs, was welcomed home by his Heavenly Father on Wednesday (March 1, 2017).
He was born on Sept. 22, 1921, in Burnt House, a son of the late Preston and Naomi Gainer.
Thirmen was preceded in death by his wife of 54 years, Colleen Kirby Gainer, on Jan. 21, 2002.
He is survived by two daughters, Karen Stanley of Fairmont and Beth Conaway with husband Michael of Newport, Ohio; granddaughter, Amanda Christine Stanley; great-granddaughter, Ally, and grandson Justin Scott Stanley, all of Fairmont; grandson, Joshua Michael Conaway with wife Betsy, great-grandchildren Isaac, Titus, Silas and Genesis of Beaver/Beckley; grandson John Mark Conaway of Santa Clarita, California. He is also survived by many special nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, and wife, he was preceded in death by sisters, Mida Osbourne and Ruth Riddle; brother, Furman Gainer; and son-in-law, Larry G. Stanley.
Thirmen was a faithful member of Blessed Hope Baptist of Big Springs, where he served as deacon, treasurer and Bible teacher for many years.
Serving in the U.S. Army during World War II, he was a recipient of the European African Middle Eastern Service Medal with five Bronze Stars. He received citations for campaigns in Normandy, Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe.
Thirmen was self-employed as owner/operator of Gainer's Auto Supply until he retired in 1986.
The Gainer family is so grateful for the generous support of caring friends, neighbors and local extended family who enabled Dad to live at home and maintain his independence until the last two months of his life.
Dad has left us a legacy to follow by his strong faith in God, his love for family and friends, demonstrating the importance of praying for each other. Thanks again to all who were willing to do whatever was needed!
Funeral service of victory was held at 1 p.m. Monday (March 6, 2017) at Raiguel Funeral Home, Harrisville, with John Mark Conaway officiating. Burial was in the IOOF Cemetery where full military honors were conducted by Harris-Ritchie VFW Post No. 3554.
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