Conroy Funeral Home

Colonel Pasquale A. Gicale, USAF (Ret.)



Service: 10:30am Fri. February 16th, 2018
St. Teresa Catholic Church
Gicale, Colonel Pasquale A., USAF (Ret), 95, passed away on February 10, 2018 in Springfield, Ohio. He was born September 12, 1922, in Olean, New York to Nicola and Carolina (Dinoia) Gicale. He graduated from Olean High School in 1940. He was the commander of the 251st Combat Communications Group at the Springfield Municipal Airport from May 27, 1968 to September 10, 1982. He is a World War II Veteran and a recipient of numerous metals and commendations. In 1988 Col. Gicale graduated from Pacific Western University with a Master’s Degree in Management. He also completed graduate level management training at Air Tactical Officer School, Air Command and Staff College and Industrial College of the Armed Forces. He married the former Barbara Geiger on September 1, 1945, in Great Falls, Montana. They had 5 children, Tim (Mary), Mark (Carol), Becky (Ben), Christina (Ric) and Greg. He is survived by 9 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, 6 nieces and nephews, and numerous grand nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara, his parents, 1 sister, 2 brothers, 1 grandson and 1 nephew. He was a long-time member of St. Teresa Parish. Visitation will be held on Thursday from 4 -7 p.m. in the CONROY FUNERAL HOME. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Friday at 10:30 a.m. in St. Teresa Church. Burial will be held in Forest Hill Cemetery, Piqua, OH.


Becky and Ben, So sorry for your loss!. You are in our thoughts and prayers! Sue and family

- Sue Wilber, Thursday March 1st, 2018

So sorry to hear of Mr. Gicale's passing. Every time I saw him he remembered me from growing up at St. Mary's church and his smile brought back wonderful memories. I'm sorry I missed the visitation but please know your whole family is in my prayers. Gay (Yannucci) Minette

Thursday February 22nd, 2018

My sincere condolences and best wishes to the Gicale Family. We will be attending an out-of-state wedding, so we'll miss the visitiation and funeral mass. Prayers to you and to Colonel Gicale.

- Cochran Christopher & Mary Ann, Thursday February 15th, 2018

I was in the Air Force and ANG for more than 27 years. Col Gicale was the best Commander that I had. I am saddened for his passing.

- SMSGT Robert V Fares, Thursday February 15th, 2018

We are deeply saddened to hear of Mr. Gicales passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

- Roger Cultice Family, Thursday February 15th, 2018

My sincere sympathy to Col. Gicale’s wonderful family. He was so proud of all of you. My deceased husband, Tommy Wilkins loved, admired and respected Colonel Gicale. The time that Colonel Gicale served as commander of the 251 Combat Communications Group was the best part of Tom’s military life. Both Colonel Gicale and his sweet wife Barbara were so nice to us. You can be so proud of the wonderful and accomplished person he was. My love, Peggy Wilkins

- Peggy Wilkins, Wednesday February 14th, 2018

My sincere sympathy to Col. Gicale’s wonderful family. He was so proud of all of you. My deceased husband, Tommy Wilkins loved, admired and respected Colonel Gicale. The time that Colonel Gicale served as commander of the 251 Combat Communications Group was the best part of Tom’s military life. Both Colonel Gicale and his sweet wife Barbara were so nice to us. You can be so proud of the wonderful and accomplished person he was. My love, Peggy Wilkins

- Peggy Wilkins, Wednesday February 14th, 2018

My deepest smypathy and prayers go out to Col. Gicale's family. He was both a great role model and mentor to both enisted men and women and officers alike. I will never forget the kindness and help both he and his wife showed my family when my father, Leonard Dillahunt, died suddenly in 1967. They were alwys there for my mom. as amember of the 251st from 12/1974 to 12/1979, he was always a very fair man and easy to talk to if you had a problem. I will always rememer his cigars on Sunday Afternoons when the weekend was winding down. May God bless allof his family in this difficult time.

- Mark Dillahunt, Wednesday February 14th, 2018

My condolences to the family. Col. Gicale was a good, that I had the pleasure of working for and with. We had many good conversations during the time I worked for him. Very sorry for you loss to the entire family, especially Mark and Tim, who I also worked with in the 251st. MSgt (Retired)Keith A Cline

- Keith A Cline, Tuesday February 13th, 2018

My condolences to the family. Col. Gicale was a good, that I had the pleasure of working for and with. We had many good conversations during the time I worked for him. Very sorry for you loss to the entire family, especially Mark and Tim, who I also worked with in the 251st. MSgt (Retired)Keith A Cline

- Keith A Cline, Tuesday February 13th, 2018

I was assigned to the 251st CCG while I was at student at Cedarville University, 1972-73, and was Colonel Gicale's Ombudsman. He was the best commander on base and he was like a father to me. On drill weekends I loved having closed door meetings with him talking over military and family issues. He was a wise, caring and lovable Man. He will be GREATLY missed. I loved him like a father. My heart-felt sympathy goes out to his family. God Bless you all. "Beau" WILLIAM E. BEAUJEAN, MSgt, USAF, (Ret)

- WILLIAM E. "BEAU" BEAUJEAN, Tuesday February 13th, 2018

My sincere sympathy is extended to the family. It was a pleasure knowing your parents. How blessed you have been to have had Mr. Gicale's influence and presence in your lives for so many years. May you find comfort in your memories and to know that others care.

- Maryann Marsh Malinowski, Tuesday February 13th, 2018

Until today, I had no idea Mr. Gicale was such an accomplished man. His first name, Pasquale, was a mystery to me until I moved to New York State and met many first and second generation Italians. Pasquale is a very special name, relating to Passover/Easter. With sincere condolences to his family.

- Mary Ann (Koehler) Snyder, Monday February 12th, 2018

Chris & Rick, my deepest sympathy. You and your families will be in my thoughts and held up in prayer on Friday.

- Margaret Schief, Monday February 12th, 2018

Pat was a great man and I learned so much from him. I am so sorry for your loss , and he was very proud of his family. He touched many lives in a positive way. He left a legacy.

- Colonel Jack McMahon, Monday February 12th, 2018