Gordon Louis Koscher, 85 years of age, became Our Gift to God on Saturday June 22, 2019 in Ravenna, Ohio. Gordon was God’s Gift to Us on January 23, 1934 in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of the late Adam and Laverne (Graff) Koscher. Gordon was a Mantua resident since 1958, where he was a member of the Hilltop Christian Church. Over his many years as a Mantua resident, Gordon provided his knowledge and availability to numerous community functions, always doing it with his smile and soft spoken manner. Gordon enjoyed nature, gardening, boating,and his love of water was evident with his skiing abilities, and the time he spent fishing. He will be remembered as a gentleman who appreciated every minute of life. Dee and Gordon loved to dance, take their cruises around the world and lived their lives creating lasting memories that will forever be cherished. Gordon served his country in the U.S. Coast Guard , retiring from his reserve Unit in 1994. In 1959 at his father’s suggestion, he took the City of Cleveland Fire exam, where he then joined the fire department which was the start of his distinguished fire service career. From 1959 to 1989, he was a member of the Cleveland Fire Department rising to the position of Assistant Fire Chief from 1976 to 1989, where he eventually was assigned to oversee all operations in the City of Cleveland Fire Department.He also served as Acting Fire Chief for a period of time for Cleveland. His fire service also extended to him joining the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department in 1960, serving as their Chief from 1989 to 1994, retiring in 2004 from the department. As Chief, Gordon brought his wisdom to both longtime members, and new recruits so that they could serve all area residents in a professional and caring manner. Gordon was a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters, and was a member of the Western Reserve Fire Buffs Association which was established in 1971. There he served on the Board of Trustees as it worked out plans of creating the Western Reserve Fire Museum and Educational Center in downtown Cleveland. He donated a large amount of fire memorabilia and books to the museum, and his firefighting technical books are an important component of their library today. He also was a generous financial supporter of the museum making significant contributions to its general operations. From these funds, a 1980 fire truck was acquired which was restored and adapted for use as a funeral caisson for fire fighters, and it is fitting that this fire truck will be used to take retired Chief Koscher to his final resting place. On October 4, 1958, Gordon married his beloved wife Dolores “Dee” (Gillispie) Koscher who survives at their home. Also surviving are his devoted children Michael (Stephanie) Koscher and Michele (Dean) Smith both of Columbus, Ohio, and his loving grandchildren Ella and Jack. He was preceded in death in 1964 by his father, in 2017 by his mother, and in 2017 by his brother Donald. Calling hours will be Sunday June 30, 2019 at the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service, 4668 Pioneer Trail at the corner of St. Rt. 44, Mantua, Ohio 44255 (S. of Rt. 422) from 2:00 P.M.-5:00 P.M. Funeral services for Gordon will be Monday July 1, 2019, 11: 00 A. M. at the funeral home. City of Cleveland Fire Fighters will provide Honor Guard Detail, as well as members of the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Department. Final resting place will then follow at Westlawn Cemetery, Mantua Township, Ohio, where Fr. Russell Lowe, Chaplin of the Cleveland Fire Department will provide closing prayers. Full military honors will then be observed by members of the U.S. Coast Guard Honor Guard, assisted by members of Mantua American Legion Post No. 193. In lieu of flowers, Gordon suggested that please consider donations to the Western Reserve Fire Museum, 310 Carneigie Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio 44115, or to the Mantua-Shalersville Fire Fighters Association, 10303 St. Rt. 44, Mantua, Ohio 44255.
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