Ira “Gil” Faircloth, 73, died unexpectedly Friday May 8, 2020 at University Hospitals in Cleveland after unexpected surgical complications.
Gil is survived by his wife, Sandi, two children: Denise Faircloth-Nickles (Tim Nickles) and Mike Faircloth (Valarie Faircloth), seven grandchildren: Amber Nickles-Rieck (Blake Rieck), Jacob Nickles, Michael Nickles, Jade Faircloth, AJ Beran, Alan Beran, and Nick Augustine, three great-grandchildren: Willow and Autumn Rieck and Braylnn Byrum, Sisters: Jerri Zink (Fred Zink) and Mollie Hamilton, and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his Father, Mother, sister, Brenda and half-brother, Ted.
He grew up in Pensacola, Florida, with his three sisters Jerri, Brenda and Mollie, children of Ira and Mary Marie Faircloth. He later moved to Englewood, Ohio. His father passed away at a young age but as a child Gil learned to hunt and fish.
He joined the U.S. Marine Corps on January 24, 1966 at the age of 19 and fought in Vietnam. He was discharged with honor in October 1967 and was awarded a Purple Heart, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with one star, Vietnam Campaign Medal with device, and the Sharpshooter Badge.
After the war he met and married the love of his life Sandi on May 16, 1974.
Gil’s passions in life were the outdoors, hunting, shooting clays, his bird dogs, golf, duck carving and wood working. His passions poured out into his trophy winning dogs, his profession as a shooting instructor, and his woodwork and duck carvings displayed throughout his home. He was also a member of the Pheasant’s Forever Gun Club where he helped with youth shooting, hunting and gun safety. He also orchestrated the Veteran’s shoot that still takes place each year. His family was ultimately his greatest love.
He was a strong patriarch of his family, a good friend to all, a man who would give his shirt for a friend. He was a good father who always took care of his children and did the best he could to teach and guide them, a loving grandfather and great-grandfather. A man who never cared much about himself but was strong, proud and good hearted. He is loved and will be missed by many!
A memorial service will be held later in the summer where he will receive full military honors. His remains will be laid to rest at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery.
Wappner Cremation Center is honored to serve the family.