Friendship, NY - Orlo S. Gelser of the Byrnes Hill Road passed away on Tuesday, October 25, at Jones Memorial Hospital. He was born on February 19, 1926 in the Town of Grove to Arthur S. and Nora M. Dudley Gelser. On July 3, 1948 he married Marleah L. James who survives.
Orlo was a dairy farmer who later worked outside the farm. He worked for 10 years at the Farwell Feed Mill in Belmont, 8 years in the labor union and he retired from the Town of Friendship after working there for 13 years. Orlo enjoyed hunting and was a member of the local laborers union as well as a social member of both the Belmont and Friendship American Legion Posts.
Survivors include: 3 sons, Duane (Terry) Gelser of Dalton, Kenneth (Marsha) Gelser of Scio and Alan Gelser of Wellsville; 4 daughters, Janet (Allen) Ives of Wellsville, Susan (Garry) Pollock of Portville, Laura (Ricky) Jordan of Belmont and Christina (Mike) Christian of Holland; several grand and great grandchildren; his long time companion and friend, Donna Layman.
Orlo was predeceased by a son Ronald Gelser, a sister Alda Bryon and a nephew Marvin Byron.
Friends are invited to call on Friday, October 28, 2011, from 12 noon to 2 pm at the J.W. Embser Sons Funeral Home in Belmont. Orlo's funeral will take place at 2 pm in the Funeral Home with Rev. Carl Kemp presiding. Burial will take place in Forest Hills Cemetery and memorials in Orlo's name may be made to the charity of the donor's choice. To leave online condolences please visit www.embserfuneralhome.com.