Clayton Gehman, Sperry retiree, active at church

By on December 28, 2011

Clayton T. Gehman, 96, of Ephrata, passed away Sunday, Dec. 18, 2011 at Fairmount Homes Inc., Ephrata.

Born in Brecknock Township, Clayton was the husband of the late Martha (Cammauf) Gehman, who passed away Sept. 25, 1980. He was the son of the late Wayne Hollinger Gehman and Mamie (Trupe) Gehman.

Clayton attended Denver Elementary School and Junior High School. As an adult, he also participated in several Bible correspondence courses taken from Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Ill. He was a member of Grace Fellowship Church, Ephrata. Clayton worked for a brief period of time for Sprechers Hardware Store, Ephrata, installing linoleum in private homes and/or offices. He also had a short tenure of work during World War II, crafting wooden propellers for small planes at Sensenich Brothers’ Propeller Plant located outside of Lititz. Sensenich Bothers’ Propeller Co. from 1932 to 1944 was known as the world’s largest maker of wooden propellers. For 31 years, he was a sheet metal worker at Sperry/New Holland in New Holland. He retired from Sperry/NH on April 1, 1981.

Clayton’s hobbies included carpentry work, making lecterns for Sunday school classes and for church teaching ministry. He also served as an usher for many years at Grace Fellowship Church, served on the Deacon Board of the church and enjoyed keeping the church building in excellent condition. Often he was seen raking leaves, washing windows or cleaning out window wells where small animals ventured in to hide. Gospel music was one of his favorite past times. Listening to stacks of records of various recording artists, filled his living room with joyful Christian music. He was highly supportive of his entire family, beginning with the care and provision for his brothers and sisters which he did as a young man following the death of his dad. His home was often home to them as well as to his own children. Although he was a quiet, gentle man, there was no greater joy for him to experience than bringing the entire family together for picnics, reunions and family dinners. He was a faithful, loving husband to Martha, his "honey," as he referred to her. He was a prayer warrior for all his children and their children. His frequent words as we would end a visit with him were, "I’ll be praying for you."

His siblings include: Joseph, first born infant brother, who is deceased; Wayne Gheman, also deceased in 2009; sisters: Anna (Gehman) Wivell, of Denver; Mamie Gehman, of Landis Homes, Lititz; Daniel Gehman, of Lewistown, Mont.; and Eugene Gehman, of Lebanon.

His five children have always been a great joy to him. They are Doris M. Stayer, wife of O. Wayne Stayer, of Denver; Joanne E. Malone, wife of the late John G. Malone, of Ephrata; Donna E. Halligan, wife of Marvin Halligan, of Denver; Bryan N. Gehman, husband of Coleen (Foreman) Gehman, of Stevens; and Christopher L. Gehman, husband of Patricia "Peaches" (Ohlson) Gehman, of Denver. He has also been the proud grandpa of 16 living grandchildren and one deceased infant granddaughter. His family includes 18 great-grandchildren and two deceased infant great-grandchildren; and more recently he became the great-great- grandfather to three baby boys.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 23 at Grace Fellowship Church, Ephrata, with Revs. Doug Williams and Frank Rice officiating. Interment took place in the Mt. Zion Evangelical Cemetery, Akron.

In lieu of flowers or if desired, memorial contributions in Clayton’s memory may be made to Grace Fellowship Church, Missions Fund, 822 Pointview Ave., Ephrata, PA 17522 or Fairmount Homes Sharing Fund, 333 Wheat Ridge Drive, Ephrata, PA 17522.

Arrangements were made by Roseboro Stradling Funeral & Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at

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