A gathering will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, at Kirk, Huggins & Esterdahl, 1301 4th St., Orion. Per his wishes, cremation rites have been accorded. Burial of cremains will be at Beulah Rural Township Cemetery. Military honors will be performed by the Orion American Legion Post No. 255. Memorials may be made to Retreat & Refresh Stroke Camp.
Earl was born on Dec. 28, 1941, in Franklin County, Pa., the son of Charles Robert and Lola Mae Burkholder Gift. He married Becky Stevens on May 21, 1966, in Boise, Idaho, and later married Dorothy Ann Wilson on Sept. 3, 1976, in Pearland, Texas.
Earl worked as a telephone technician for the former Bell companies, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. He retired from Lucent Technologies in 1991. Earl was a handyman, avid do-it-yourselfer and computer enthusiast who took great joy in helping others.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Gift, Coal Valley; children, Lisa (Andy) Jenkins, West Valley City, Utah, Eric (Lori) Gift, Cedar Rapids, Iowa; grandchildren, Kristine Gift, Kevin Gift, Cameron Gift; sisters, Charlotte Sweeney, Maryland, Lola Mae (Jerry) Bane, West Virginia; brother, Charles Gift, Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Irene Bolen; and brother, Frank Gift.
Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting his obituary at www.esterdahl.com.
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