Gary E. Tuttle, 72, of Conneaut, Ohio, died Wednesday afternoon, October 3, 2012, at UPMC Hamot Medical Center in Erie, Pa. He was born April 11, 1940, in Conneaut and was the son of G. "Eddie" and Marjorie O. (Lawrence) Tuttle. Gary was well known for his ownership of the White Turkey Drive-In. He was 11 years old when his parents opened this restaurant and was able to celebrate its 60th season in business this past summer. His joy came from connecting with his customers and being a part of a tradition for so many families. To many employees, he was a father figure who would offer advice and support to anyone in need. In addition, he owned and operated Gary Tuttle's Carpet Barn for 40 years and was a member of the National Guard. Gary loved fishing in the Florida Keys and traveling the country in his motor home. He was known for his witty, straightforward personality and ability to socialize with anyone. He also loved to support children in need within Kelly and Bradd's classrooms. For the last three years, his greatest pride and joy came from being called "Papa." Survivors include his wife Peggy (Mason) Tuttle; his daughter Kelly Rae (husband Bradd) Vito of Conneaut, Ohio; his grandson Beckham Edson Vito; and a cousin Mary Lou Vanaskey of Conneaut. He was preceded in death by his parents. Calling hours will be from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., Sunday, October 7, at the Marcy Funeral Home, 208 Liberty St., Conneaut, Ohio. Private, grave-side services will be in East Conneaut Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to "Gary's Kids" c/o Andover Bank, to continue his tradition of helping area children in need. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. Sign the guestbook a www.marcyfuneralhome.com.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Oct. 5, 2012