NEW BRAUNFELS, Texas — Gerald E. Poling, 91, died May 17, 2013 at his home in New Braunfels, Texas. He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather who was always there when they needed him. He was a six year cancer fighter ... and survivor. He loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, and all of his family and friends. Also known as “Papa,” he was a kind, considerate person who will be missed by all who knew him.
He was born September 21, 1921 at Ellamore, W.Va. to the late William E. Poling and Lavinia Hornbeck. He was married to the former Mamie Beatrice Summerfield, who preceded him in death in 2001.
As a young man, Gerald served in the Civilian Conservation Corps at Camps Glady Fork and Parsons, W.Va. and was a proud Veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, serving as a Staff Sergeant, Airplane Engine Mechanic, and Airplane Instrument Specialist during World War II with the 1260th in the European Campaign in North Africa.
Following the war, Gerald returned to W.Va. where he began his career as an Operating Engineer which would last 45 years, first as a W.Va. strip mines heavy equipment operator, then for 33 years as an International Union of Operating Engineer. He was highly trusted with a tremendous work ethic which resulted in his working in several different states on high-level projects such as building the Niagara Power Plant in N.Y., Nike Missile Site in Plattsburg, N.Y., the Metro transportation system in the Washington, DC area, and the 4.6 mile long Monitor–Merrimac Memorial Bridge-Tunnel in Virginia. He worked in this physically demanding industry until the age of 70 and was blessed with 21 years of retirement to spend with his family and friends.
Surviving is one daughter, Vicki Poling Concannon of New Braunfels, Texas; two grandchildren, Joann Concannon Anderson and husband Cody of New Braunfels, Texas; Michael Concannon and wife Amanda of Houston, Texas; three great-grandchildren, Cade Anderson, Raegan Anderson, and Riley Concannon; two sisters, Lorraine Moran of Elkins, W.Va. and Vera Laskowski of Elyria, OH; several nieces and nephews; many special friends; and his constant companion and little dog, Spot.
Preceding him in death were his infant brother William, sister Greta Cummons, and twin brother Gareld (who passed away in January this same year).
Gerald attended Nay Chapel United Methodist Church in Ellamore, W.Va.. Private graveside services were held on May 20 at College Station Cemetery, Texas.