- Tuesday 06 August, 2013
This afternoon we received word that Sam Gellner passed away. Sam was a long time drag racer and builder. Please keep his family in your prayers.
ON "SAM" GELLNER age 76. Beloved husband of Carol (nee Rzepkowski). Loving father of Dean (Fiancé Peru Barber) and Deanna Bir (Neil). Cherished grandfather of Austin, Blaise and Danica Bir. Son of the late Michael and Julia. Dear brother of William and David and uncle to many. Sam was best known as a national record holding drag racing builder in the 1960's. He owned Speed Specialties in Cleveland, OH and was partners in Myles Gellner Engineering before going to work for the Mr. Gasket Co. as Vice President of New Product Development in 1969. In 1971 Sam and his wife Carol went back to the speed shop business and opened Gellner Engineering in 1971 in Parma, OH, where it currently runs under the leadership of Dean and continues in carrying on the family tradition. In 2008, Thompson Raceway hosted a "Gasser Legends" race meet and honored the Ohio Gasser Legends of which Sam was a member. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening as well as restoring his 1961 Corvette. Funeral services will be at the funeral home, Friday August 7, 2013 at 10:00 AM. Interment Sunset Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, contributions suggested to the charity of your choice. Friend received Thursday 2 – 4 & 6 – 8 PM at the A. RIPEPI AND SONS FUNERAL HOME, 18149 BAGLEY ROAD, MIDDLEBURG HEIGHTS, OH (West of I-71).