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Gilbert R. Rendle, Sr.

Posted By DeBord-Snyder Funeral Home & Crematory On December 1, 2015 @ 5:08 pm In Obituaries | 7 Comments

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 Gilbert R. Rendle, Sr., 93, died at The Glen at Willow Valley, Lancaster, PA on November 30, 2015.  Born in Pittston, PA, son of the late Fredrick and Esther (Ryan) Rendle, he was the loving husband for 67 years of Elizabeth (Firestine) Rendle, who predeceased him in 2010.

Gil served in the United States Air Force during WWII as a Pilot and Pilot Engineer.  He attended Wharton School of Banking at the University of Pennsylvania.  In over 40 years of banking he served as President of three banks: People’s National Bank of Norristown, PA; Meridian Bank of Reading, PA; and Gallatin National Bank of Uniontown, PA.  He was a member of the Pittsburgh branch of the Federal Reserve Bank, and a life member of the Robert Morris Association (Risk Management Association in the financial services industry.)

He served as Treasurer of the PA Bankers’ Association and the President of the Board of Directors of Uniontown Health Resources.  Gil was active on countless community organizations, schools and hospital boards.

He is survived by two children, Ruth R., wife of William A. Wood of Lancaster, and Gilbert, R. Jr., husband of Lynne B. Rendle of Haverford, PA.  He is also survived by four grandchildren, Laura, wife of Robert Meisl of Lancaster, PA, W. Jeffrey, husband of Kelly Wood of Millersville, Matthew, husband of Heather Rendle of Atlanta, GA and Todd, husband of Eva Rendle, of Narberth, PA.  He was the proud great-grandparent of Alyssa and Matthew Meisl; Ava and Sophia Wood; and Edward, Carolyn, Henry, Calvin, Clara and Penelope Rendle. 

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church, corner of Duke and Walnut Sts., Lancaster, PA on Saturday, December 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m.  Friends may call at the church on Saturday, December 19th from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. 

Private interment will be held at Memorial Shrine Cemetery in Wyoming, PA.  In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Memorial Fund of First United Methodist Church, 29 E. Walnut St., Lancaster, PA  17602 or Camp Innabah, c/o Eastern PA Conference UNC, PO Box 820, Valley Forge, PA  19482.


Condolences for the family of “Gilbert R. Rendle, Sr.”

Condolence from Tina Boas on December 2nd, 2015 9:38 pm

Gil, You were such a great gift to our 4th floor. Always so kind and thinking of others. Coming to programs even when you were not feeling well because you wanted to show your appreciation to Rec. Therapy. You will always be in my thoughts and my heart. RIP my dear and special friend. Tina, 4th floor Glen

Condolence from Mark Fike on December 3rd, 2015 9:08 am

I just saw the obituary in the Uniontown Herald Standard newspaper and couldn’t help thinking about all the good times my parents (Ted & Elaine Fike) had with Gil and Elizabeth. Gil was a wonderful person and I am better person having known him. My condolences to the family.

Mark Fike

Condolence from Dan Radman on December 3rd, 2015 11:25 am

A friend that I will miss. ….. RIP Gil

Dan Radman

Condolence from Richard DeHaas on December 3rd, 2015 2:07 pm

I would like to offer my condolences to the family of Gilbert R. Rendle, Sr. I owe where I am today in the Financial Services Industry to Mr. Rendle. I sought to relocate to Uniontown in the mid-1970’s and was referred to Gallatin National Bank as a company to seek employment. I was a young pup, with a year of banking experience, but I was given the opportunity to come back to Uniontown and begin working for Gil Rendle. He was determined to train and educate me so that I could be the future of the bank. I was the first employee of Gallatin to attend The Stonier Graduate School of Banking at Rutgers University, the highest and most prestitege banking school in the country. Guess who graduated from Stonier and pushed me into Stonier? Gilbert Rendle!

From that point forward I was given the education and opportunity to ascend to Senior Management levels with the mentoring and guidance of Gilbert Rendle. Unfortunately, the bank fell victim to the aquisition mania that forced wonderful bankers like Gil Rendle to retire, which was the second worst day of my carreer. The first worst day was learning of the passing of Mr. Rendle.

Today I am Division President of a $1.5 Billion Bank, and have been President/CEO of two other financial entities. I owe it all to one person, who saw something in me and helped me to be prepare to be where I am today. I often think of those days and how wonderful it was.

I also want to speak to how wonderful Elizabeth and Gil Rendle were to my wife, Denise, and I. They attended our wedding, watched our children grow, and were a big part of the Uniontown community.

In closing, when I see former Gallatin co-workers I have joked that I am the “second best” banker to ever come out of GNB! Going forward I will continue to say that, knowing that the best banker has joined his lovely wife and is continuing to mentior me from above.

Dick DeHaas

Condolence from Karen Morrison on December 3rd, 2015 8:35 pm

I worked for Gallatin Bank when Mr Rendle was President. He was always so kind and pleasant to ths employees.
Sorry for your loss.

Condolence from Babe Quintrall on December 7th, 2015 11:22 am

I am sorry for the loss of your dear Gilbert. May the “God of all comfort” embrace you and bring to your minds joyful memories. 2 Corinthians 1:3. All the best wishes for your family at this difficult time.

Condolence from John Wilkes Rendle on December 9th, 2015 8:22 pm

I did not know my Great Uncle Gil very well but was pleased to have been able to visit him two years ago and had a wonderful conversation with him about his life and Freemasonry. He gave me a few books and papers on Freemasonry that I will treasure. He was the last of many family members of St. John’s Lodge 233 and one of the Masons who started the Reading High 12 Club many years ago.

I wish I had had the chance to see him again or maybe just once to have had the honor to sit with him in a lodge meeting. He was a great man and though our contact was little, I will miss him.

Farewell my uncle, farewell my brother.

John Wilkes Rendle
Lehighton Lodge 621 F&AM

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