It is with great sorrow that we said goodbye to Philip Gatt, Jr, 35, (also known as Peno by many) on January 14, 2018. We take comfort in knowing that he is in the arms of his savior Jesus Christ.
He leaves behind his precious daughter Gigi Shanahan, of Fremont, whom he loved and cherished. Phil found the love of his life and was looking forward to a future with his fiancé, Jessica Ash, and had a great relationship with her children, Avery and Alyssa, all of Fremont. Surviving are his loving parents, Philip Sr. and Becky Gatt, of Fremont; sisters, Jessica Gatt Hansen (Bob Hansen) of Gibsonburg and Josie Gatt Montgomery (Michael Montgomery) of Westerville; nephews Sam Hansen and Aiden Montgomery and niece Olive Montgomery. Also surviving are his grandparents, Evelyn Gatt (and the late Sam Gatt), Ken and Donna Cole; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends too numerous to count.
He was bright, funny, and could light up the room with his smile and sense of humor. He was not ashamed to claim Jesus as his Lord and Savior and kept his well-marked Bible close. His work ethic was strong, and to say he was a welder by trade does not truly describe the knowledge and expertise Phil achieved in the trade. Welding was his passion, as he was a boilermaker and pipefitter by trade. Phil saw the job, not the danger and had great success within the trade. He was licensed as a Certified Welding Inspector; an achievement he was very proud of. His career allowed him to travel throughout the United States chasing work. His most recent job assignment was for Kokosing in Lordstown Ohio.
Phil was a lifelong member of Victory Church, and was a proud member of Pipefitters Local 396 out of Youngstown and Boilermakers Local 687 out of Rock Hill South Carolina.
Visitation: Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Wonderly Horvath Hanes Funeral Home and Crematory, 425 E. State St, Fremont, OH 43420.
Service: Saturday, January 20, 2018, 11:00 a.m. at Victory Church, 2051 Oak Harbor Rd, Fremont, OH 43420. There will be on hour of visitation prior to the service at the church.
Burial: Washington Chapel Cemetery
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to RU Recovery C/O Harvest Temple Church 1022 S. Main St., Clyde, OH 43410 or Teen Challenge, PO Box 249,
Ozark, MO 65721.
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Shelia Prosser Krokson
You are all in my prayers. It is never easy saying goodbye to a child. May you rest in the arms of Jesus dear one.
WE ARE SO SORRY FOR PHILLIPS PASSING. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU ALL.
RALPH & CHRISTINE BLOOM
Dear Phil and Becky,
Mike and I were very saddened at the news of his death. We loved Phil and always received a big hug when we ran into him. He was a nice, friendly young man. He was always challenging himself to be better at whatever he did.
When praying for your family I could just picture Phil cuddled up in the arms of Jesus and receiving from Him the love and acceptance of Phil’s sweet soul. No more tears. No more pain. Resting in His arms forever!
We will all miss him…I’m going to remember that guy forever!
Love Joy and Mike Martin
Pam & Ed Garza
Sorry for your loss.
Becky, Phil, Jessica and Josie. Please know my love, thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Phil, Becky, Jessica, Josie,Gigi, and family,
We’ So sorry for what you are going through!! Peno was so loving & kind! He is going to be missed! We LOVE ❤️ you ALL & we’re Praying for you!! I know God’s Supernatural peace will carry you!!
Ted & Amy Merrill
Jeff & Vicky Baltzell
Jessica, we are so very sorry for your loss. May God wrap his arms around you at this very difficult time.
Therese, Terri Mallia Prophet
Dear Philip and Rebecca: My heart is broken for you. I am Terri Mallia, Robert Mallia’s daughter. Your sister Mary has been kind enough to keep me informed. Philip when I clicked on your page I saw your dad. It was so quick but so real I had to wipe my eyes. The image in my mind changed to that of your Dad and my Dad caring for your precious son until we are all together again in God’s arms. I have nothing to offer you, dear Cousin, other than my prayers and my belief that we will be together and your father and my grandfather Emanuel and my Dad, Robert will be cooking up a storm. My prayers will continue for you until that time. Love, Terri
Cindy Schabel Brogan
Becky, Phil and Family
No words can express my deepest sympathies to you and your family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Cindy Schabel Brogan
Miss you Phil Gatt. I learned a lot from you. I will take what you taught me and keep moving forward. You will always be in my thoughts and prayers. Your family loves you and wants the best for you no matter what. I’m going to miss decorating your table at work in Star Wars and Minions. I always got a kick out of that. You have a strong fiancé and family members that have your back and will support you along the way.
Phil, Becky, Gigi:
I will miss Phil’s ready smile & willingness to help. Praise God he is now with his Lord & Savior. I know he gave you some hard times, but his love for you & the rest of the family never faltered. May God’s comfort & peace envelope you all.
Mike & Anita Michener
Phil & Becky, we are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family in the tough days ahead. Love and hugs, Mike & Anita.
Dear Becky and Phil:
I had the pleasure of babysitting your kids when they were younger and they were super kids to watch! Most of the time Phil was sleeping but when he wasn’t I loved playing games with him! And now we have to say goodbye to him he was way to young, rest in peace Philip!! Take care all of you!!
To the family of Phil Gatt,
We were saddened to hear of the passing of Phil. We pray for Christ’s peace to be with you all during these sad times.
Tim and Lilly Walters
Jon L Horn
So saddened by this news !!! So soory for “our” loss !!
Tom and Kathie May
Phil,Becky and Family We are heartbroken for your loss…You are in our thoughts and prayers
My heart breaks for all of you.
His obituary is a testimony of a beautiful life and one with Jesus Christ.
May you find peace in knowing he is in the arms of Jesus.
My only regret is not ever meeting him.
Love and prayers xoxo, Diane Sheets
I am so sorry for your loss.
My prayers are with your family in this very difficult time.
He is now in the arms of Jesus Christ our savior.
I’m so sorry for your loss Becky. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family, during this difficult time.
The Garner Famiky
Becky, Phil and family,
Phil was such a big part of our family as he was growing up. Our hearts are so deeply broken by your loss. We have so many memories that someday I hope we can share with you. There is no greater pain than the loss of your child no matter their age, and we are so sadden that you must go through it also. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time
Phil, Becky & family,
We are so sorry for your loss. May God sustain you & give you peace.
Jeff & Marjeane King
Tom and Brenda Soule
So so sorry Becky & family. May the love of Jesus wrap around you. Praying for everyone.
Prayers for peace and comfort! My heartfelt condolences.
Your family has my deepest condolences.
Our hearts break for you and your family, dear Becky and Phil. Know that we love you and that you are continually in our prayers!!!
Carl & Nancy Deliberto
Phil.Becky and Family ,So very sorry to hear this news .Our hearts go out to you ,If we have to leave this life ,there is no better place to go except in the arms of our SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST .Phil Jr will be waiting on the other side for you ,We pray the Holy Spirit will give you peace ,Our thoughts and prayers or with all of you , Carl & Nancy .
I extend my deepest sympathies to you and all of Philips family. I met Philip in Texas and loved him from day one! He was roommate with my son Dustin briefly and we both enjoyed his wit, humor, and intelligence!! Though I had not seen him in years I so enjoyed seeing him blossom on FB!! My deepest condolences to each of you.
Prayers for Phil Gatts family He is in good hands with the lord He always was a great person and lots of fun to be around , knew him as he was a child growing up and went to school with my 3 children Chuck ,Jennifer, Ashley Coleman . He will be truly Missed ❤️️ Chuck, jen, Ashley’s Mom Patti Mitten from Tennessee
Tom & Chris Munson
We are so sorry for your loss, words cannot express our sorrow. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Cherish the memories.
Tom, Chris, Tim and Kyle
Bill & Kathy Linder
Phil,Becky,Jessica,Josie& family.So sorry to hear of the loss of Philip.You are All in our thoughts & prayers.
Cheryl Carrier Rosenberger
Phil, Becky & family, so sorry to hear about the loss of your son. Praying Gods peace will be with you today and in the days ahead. Cheryl Carrier Rosenberger
My heart goes out to his parents,I can’t imagine the pain you are in. No parent should ever bury a child. To his daughter, always remember the time you had with him and know he loved you. To my cousin Jess, I can’t imagine what your going through, my heart aches for you. For all of you, I pray for you to have the strength to face the days ahead,courage to get through the days,weeks and months ahead,and the faith to know God is with each and every one of you. Amen
Dr. Paul Silcox
Phil and Becky,
I don’t have words to express my sorrow for you other than to say, I understand your pain and heartache completely. God hears your cries and will comfort you in time.
Phil was great person to work with. So sorry for you loss.
Dear family and friends, please accept my deepest condolences. May God’s promises found at Acts 24:15 and Psalms 37:29 bring you comfort during this difficult time.
Dear Phil and Becky,
There are not words to express how my heart is just broken for your loss of Phil. He was such a kind soul with a gentle spirit. His smile was so genuine and he will be missed in this world by so many.
I pray God’s peace that passes all human understanding will hold your hearts and hope will rise within you for the day you will be with Phil again in eternity with Jesus our Lord.