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On May 11, 2018, after a valiant effort, Gary G. “Pete” Painter, 68, of Ford City, lost his hard fought battle with cancer. Born May 9, 1950 in Kittanning, Pete was the son of the late George W and Mildred (Rumbarger) Painter. On June 6, 2009 he married Kelli (Emings) Painter, who survives and cherishes every moment spent with him. Pete was a hard working, self made man who enjoyed the simple things in life. He loved the outdoors, rebuilding carburetors and small engines, and making old things look and run like new. His 1986 Chevy truck and his 1976 John Deere were his pride and joy. He could always be found shining his coal truck, which he drove for numerous years before retiring in 2016. His idea of a perfect evening was roasting a hot dog and drinking a beer in the carport. He enjoyed sharing his knowledge, wisdom and opinions.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are son, Joseph and daughter-in-law Jolene Painter of North Carolina, daughter, Kelly and son-in-law Keith Montgomery of Worthington, and daughter, Holly Meyers of Ford City; step-son, Curtis (wife, Dani) Emings of New Bethlehem; grandsons Kyle (fiancé Kayla) Montgomery, Talen Painter, Kroy Meyers, and granddaughter Kalie (husband Austin) Schmidt. Also surviving are one brother William (Debbie) Painter of Elderton; three sisters, Deborah Wright of Leechburg, Valerie Young (John Sheaffer) of Worthington, and Jacque Lukehart (Randy, who although was an in-law, was referred to by Pete as his brother); and mother-in-law Connie Gilhousen of Rimersburg. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by several aunts and uncles. At Pete’s request, there will be no services at this time, however, friends and family will gather at a later date. If you wish to honor Pete’s memory, please make contributions to the American Cancer Society. For those who had the pleasure of knowing and loving him, he will forever remain a hero in our hearts.
American Cancer Society
P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City OK 73123