KISTLER, W.Va. — On June 16, 2012, Peter Hurdle Gollihue, 65, of Kistler, stepped into eternity and the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
The youngest of ten children, Pete was born June 23, 1946, at Accoville, a son of the late Peter Hurdle and Mable Jacobs Gollihue. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Gollihue; one sister, Margie Beidlier; his sister-in-law, Betty Gollihue, and his nieces, Chastity Hatfield and Dianna Browning.
Pete was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend who will be greatly missed by all who knew him. A man of faith, Pete was more proud of his children’s hope in Christ than any accolades, degrees, or promotions that man could bestow upon them. Pete was an U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He was a coal mine superintendent for many years and devoted much of his time to keeping his miners safe and productive. Pete spent many days and nights attending softball and football games as his children’s biggest fan. As time allowed and God provided, Pete became a grandpa which was his favorite title by far. The joy of his grandchildren and the time he spent playing and loving on them was a precious time for us all.
Left to cherish his memory include his wife, Helen Sue Gollihue; his four children, Christa Gollihue Vance and Sandy Gollihue, both of Kistler, Peter Gollihue and his wife, Shawnna, of Davin, and Mark Gollihue and his wife, Ashley, of Pineville, Ky.; his adoring grandchildren, Tiffany Vance, Emilie Vance, Michael Keck, Amy Keck, and a host of other children who affectionately referred to him as “Papaw Pete”. Pete is also survived by several loving brothers and sisters, Rev. Harry Gollihue and his wife Pauline, of Marlton, N.J., William “Doty” Gollihue of Kistler, Mary Lou Wingler of Lorado, Joan Knirin and her husband, Paul, of Belfry, Ohio, Ernestine Browning and her husband, Larry, of Greenvalley, Gerri Smith and her husband Richard, of Cleveland, Ohio, and D.J. Gollihue and his wife, Donna, of LaGrange, Ky.
2 Timothy 4:7-8 reads; I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Finally, there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give to me on that Day, and not to me only but also to all who have loved His appearing.
Services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, at the Kistler Freewill Baptist Church with Rev. Roland Cook officiating. Burial will follow in Highland Memory Gardens at Godby, where Military Graveside Rites will be conducted by the VFW Post 6153 and American Legion Post 103 of Chapmanville and the DAV Post 39 of Harts.
Visitation will be held from 6-8 p.m. today and one hour prior to services Wednesdy at the church.
Pallbearers will family and friends.
Condolences may be left at krantzmcneelyfuneralhome.com
Arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Krantz-McNeely Funeral Home at Man.