Joan Wallace
B: 1935-06-02
D: 2020-11-23
View Details
Wallace, Joan
David Zacharias
B: 1945-10-09
D: 2020-11-22
View Details
Zacharias, David
Charles Booth
D: 2020-11-21
View Details
Booth, Charles
Mary Lou Harmon
B: 1934-07-09
D: 2020-11-21
View Details
Harmon, Mary Lou
Carol Ann Schofield
B: 1945-04-10
D: 2020-11-20
View Details
Schofield, Carol Ann
Leonard Koenig
B: 1934-06-17
D: 2020-11-18
View Details
Koenig, Leonard
Mary Oblisk
B: 1930-11-18
D: 2020-11-15
View Details
Oblisk, Mary
Philip Shafer
B: 1936-09-05
D: 2020-11-08
View Details
Shafer, Philip
Ottis Peyton
B: 1957-07-16
D: 2020-11-05
View Details
Peyton, Ottis
Nancy Kopp
B: 1939-04-25
D: 2020-11-04
View Details
Kopp, Nancy
Margaret Moorman
B: 1931-06-04
D: 2020-11-04
View Details
Moorman, Margaret
John Gasche
B: 1957-01-07
D: 2020-11-03
View Details
Gasche, John
Steven Hart
B: 1956-05-24
D: 2020-11-01
View Details
Hart, Steven
Albertina "Tina" Powrie
B: 1929-07-09
D: 2020-11-01
View Details
Powrie, Albertina "Tina"
Richard Allison
B: 1930-06-05
D: 2020-10-31
View Details
Allison, Richard
Richard McDonald
B: 1934-02-03
D: 2020-10-30
View Details
McDonald, Richard
Cynthia "Cindy" Gerwig
B: 1946-09-08
D: 2020-10-24
View Details
Gerwig, Cynthia "Cindy"
Edward Sterle
B: 1932-10-11
D: 2020-10-21
View Details
Sterle, Edward
Carolyn Hoppes
B: 1926-11-08
D: 2020-10-20
View Details
Hoppes, Carolyn
Earl Frank
B: 1933-01-21
D: 2020-10-18
View Details
Frank, Earl
Donald Price
B: 1927-12-01
D: 2020-10-15
View Details
Price, Donald


Use the form above to find your loved one. You can search using the name of your loved one, or any family name for current or past services entrusted to our firm.

Click here to view all obituaries
Search Obituaries
313 Center St.
Phone: 419-281-2566, 1-800-430-2566
Fax: 419-281-4411

James "Kenneth" Gelsanliter

Thursday, June 20th, 1935 - Wednesday, April 8th, 2020
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of James \"Kenneth\" Gelsanliter, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook


Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of James "Kenneth" Gelsanliter

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

James "Kenneth"'s Tribute Fund

  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

James "Kenneth"'s Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.
Send Flowers
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist


James Kenneth “Ken” Gelsanliter, 84

James Kenneth “Ken” Gelsanliter born on June 20, 1935 in Galion, OH. He died at home after
a long battle with COPD and congestive heart failure on Wednesday, April 8, 2020 at the age of
84 years old.

Ken was a graduate of Galion High School in 1953 and received his degree in Engineering and
Surveying from Ohio Northern in 1957. He then worked at ODOT as a Civil Engineer for 40
years. After that he was an engineer and surveyor consultant for construction companies for
over 20 years.

He loved to play his helicon in the Ashland Community band and at the Tuba Christmas. He
was a member of the Ashland Masonic Lodge 151 F.&A.M., Ashland Chapter #67 R.A.M. where he was past high priest, and Ashland Council #128 R.&S.M., where he was past illustrious master. Ken was also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite Valley of Columbus as 32-degree mason and served as past commander of the Knights Templar.

Ken was a long-term member of Trinity Lutheran Church and participated in Boy Scouts. He participated in Volk’s Marches and designed a year-round walk-in Ashland. Ken was a member of the Ohio Genealogical Society and did an extensive genealogy of his mother’s family.

He is survived by his wife Alice of 52 years; son Charles Gelsanliter; daughter Mary Hire and her husband Trent; grandkids Abram, Kenna, and Avery; four sisters-in-law and their husbands; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Ken is preceded in death by his parents Charles and Virginia Gelsanliter.

An interment service will be held, Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in the Chestnut Grove Cemetery with Reverend Kevin McClain officiating. Ashland Masonic Lodge 151 F.&A.M. will conduct masonic services. Following the graveside, a meal and time of fellowship will be served in the Trinity Room of Trinity Lutheran Church.

In lieu of flowers please make any donations to the Good Samaritan Fund at Trinity Lutheran
Church, 508 Center Street, Ashland, Ohio 44805.

Online condolences may be shared on the funeral home’s website at

Denbow-Gasche Funeral Home & Crematory is handling the arrangements.
Read Less

To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of James "Kenneth" Gelsanliter, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Service Details

  • Interment Services

    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, July 18th, 2020 11:00am
    Chestnut Grove Cemetery
    Township Road 1656
    Ashland, Ohio 44805
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Reverend Kevin McClain


We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of James "Kenneth" here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

Private Condolence
Provide comfort for the family of James "Kenneth" Gelsanliter by sending flowers.
Guaranteed hand delivery by a local florist

Jessica Richardson

Posted at 02:52pm
Sent with love and remembrance,
Tree Image
A memorial tree was planted in the memory of James "Kenneth" Gelsanliter — Plant a Tree Now

Linda Timmer-Upton

Posted at 05:21pm
I was so sorry to see Kenny's passing in the paper. He was a good friend of my Dad's (Don Timmer) when he was the DD in District 3 but he also became my friend after I graduated from college. He was a good man, a meticulous engineer and a loyal friend. My heart goes out to Alice and his family and my prayers are with you.
Linda Timmer-Upton

Dorothy Balkin

Posted at 05:06am
Our family wishes to send our condolences to the family of Ken Gelsanliter. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. Ken was a kind and friendly person that will be missed by his loved ones. He was also a talented person that enjoyed life.

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each

Tribute Video