GREENVILLE - Gary E. Gessler, age 65, of Greenville, Ohio, passed away at 6:43 p.m. on May 13, 2014, in the E.R. at Wayne HealthCare in Greenville.
Gary was born Aug. 11, 1948, in Greenville, Ohio, to the late Elwood and June (Kissinger) Gessler.
Gary is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Tara and Chris Gilbert of Van Wert, Ohio; son, Shaun E. Gessler of Sagamore Hills, Ohio; granddaughters, McKenna Gilbert and Elizabeth Gilbert; ex-wife and special friend, Rebecca Gessler of Greenville; brother and sister-in-law, Alan and Karen Gessler of Greenville; sisters and brother-in-law, Twila and Kent Althouse of Tipp City, Ohio and Kay; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Gary served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War. Gary formerly worked for the Pepsi Company in Greenville. He loved the outdoors, working in the yard, gardening, planting flowers and spending time with his two granddaughters.
A funeral service will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at Zechar Bailey Funeral Home in Greenville with Rev. Lowell Miller officiating. Burial will follow in Greenville Township Memorial Garden in Darke County. The family will receive friends on Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. at the funeral home. Military honors will be conducted by the Greenville Veteran's Honor Guard. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the College Fund of McKenna and Elizabeth Gilbert or Shriner's Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky. Condolences for the family may be expressed through www.zecharbailey.com