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Gary D. Strayer, 71 passed away the evening of May 19, 2013, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

His Family…He was born Feb. 28, 1942, in Delphos to the late Russell and Velma Clark Strayer. He married Helen Compton Strayer on July 1, 1984, and she survives in Delphos.

He is also survived by five children, Jennifer (Trent) Gause and Angela Strayer, both of Delphos, Lisa (Jim) Kirk, of Elida, Jeri Lynn (Chuck) Ferguson, of Ayersville, and Daniel Spence, of London, Ohio; 18 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ronald (Juanita) Strayer, of Denver, and Michael (Becky) Strayer, of Delphos; a sister, Marilyn Louth, of Delphos; and sister-in-law, Margaret Strayer, of Delphos.

He was preceded in death by a daughter, Laura Lee Spence; a brother, Gale Strayer; a brother-in-law, Paul Louth; and a stepfather, Robert Ditto.

His Legacy…Gary graduated from Delphos Jefferson High School class of 1961. He retired as a sergeant first class from the Army after 28 years of service, serving in the Ohio Army National Guard from 1964-1982 and 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.

His Farewell Services…Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. today at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth Street, Delphos.

A celebration of Gary’s Life will begin at 10 a.m. Friday at Strayer Funeral Home. Chaplain Bob Gibson will officiate. Burial will be in Walnut Grove Cemetery, Delphos, with military graveside rites accorded by the Delphos Veterans Council.

Memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to the Allen County Board of Developmental Disabilities.

Condolences may be shared at strayerfuneral home.com.

Gary D. Strayer
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