Gale M. Motsinger, 84, of Canton passed away at 6:37 pm Sunday, July 12 at the Graham Hospital in Canton. He was born on February 6, 1931 in Canton to Russell and Lucille (Hummel) Motsinger. Gale married Virginia Jeanne Wages on May 10, 1950 in Canton. They recently celebrated their 65th Wedding Anniversary. She survives along with 6 children; Jan (Debbie) Motsinger of Canton, Robert J. Motsinger of Van Nuys, CA, Gerald “Gale” (Debbie) Motsinger of Bartonville, Randy (Kim) Motsinger of St. David, Sheila (Steve) Bottoms of Middletown, IL, and Michael Motsinger of Lewistown, 9 grandchildren; Carrie Schreiner, Stacey Watters, Donna Grant, Jeff Newlun, Ryan Motsinger, Alex Motsinger, Kurt Motsinger, Kyle Motsinger, and Eric Dennis, 15 great-grandchildren, 3 great-great-grandchildren and a brother Roger (Janet) Motsinger of Clinton, IL.
Gale worked at Caterpillar as an Inspector for 34 ½ years retiring in 1995. He was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church in Canton, Shriners Consistory, Past Master of Lewistown Masonic Lodge #104, loved woodworking, fishing, camping, and was an avid Cardinals fan. Gale was in the naval reserves for 1 year.
Services will be 2:00 pm Thursday, July 16, at Murphy-Sedgwick Memorial Home in Canton where visitation will be 1 hour and 45 minutes prior to services. The grandson Rev. Ryan Motsinger will officiate. Masonic rites will be at 1:45 pm Thursday at the funeral home. Burial will follow in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lewistown. Memorials can be made to either the Children’s Shriner Hospital, St. Judes Children’s Hospital or American Cancer Society. To view Gale’s DVD or make online condolences you can go to www.sedgwickfuneralhomes.com