|Gary D. Strayer|
|Wednesday, May 22, 2013 12:01 AM|
Feb. 28, 1943
May 19, 2013
He was born on Feb. 28, 1942, in Delphos to Russell and Velma (Clark) Strayer, who preceded him in death.
He married Helen (Compton) Strayer on July 1, 1984. She survives in Delphos.
He is also survived by five children, Jennifer (Trent) Gause and Angela Strayer of Delphos, Lisa (Jim) Kirk of Elida, Jeri Lynn (Chuck) Ferguson of Ayersville and Daniel Spence of London, Ohio; 18 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Juanita) Strayer of Denver, Colo., and Michael (Becky) Strayer of Delphos; a sister, Marilyn Louth of Delphos; and sister-in-law, Margaret Strayer of Delphos.
He was also preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Lee Spence; a brother, Gale Strayer; a brother-in-law, Paul Louth; and a stepfather, Robert Ditto.
Mr. Strayer graduated with the Jefferson High School class of 1961. He retired as a Sergeant First Class from the U.S. Army after 28 years of service, serving in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1964-1982 and U.S. Army (AGR Tour) from 1982-1993. He retired after 12 years as a correctional officer from the Allen Correctional Institution in Lima. He was a member of the Delphos Wesleyan Church.
A celebration of Gary’s life will begin at 10 a.m. on Friday at Strayer Funeral Home ,with Chaplain Bob Gibson, officiating. Burial will follow in Walnut Grove Cemetery, with military graveside rites accorded by the Delphos Veterans Council.
Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. on Thursday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth Street, Delphos.
Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
Condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.