Gary was born in Seymour Indiana and grew up Jennings County Indiana. He graduated from Jennings County High School in 1973. During his high school days, Gary served on his county’s rescue squad. Upon graduation from high school, Gary began attending the Indiana College of Mortuary Science in Indianapolis, Indiana, graduating in September 1975 with an Associate’s Degree in mortuary science. Gary received his Indiana Funeral Directors and Embalmers License in May of 1980 and in 2020 received his 40-year service pin award from the Indiana Funeral Directors Association. Gary has also served as the Coroner for Jennings County, Indiana. Gary has served the families of Fort Wayne, Indiana since May 1999. Gary began his funeral career working at Boultinghouse Funeral Home in Rockport, IN where he worked for before enlisting in the US Navy. Gary served as an Operations Specialist aboard the aircraft carrier, USS Independence CV-62 from 1976 to 1979. Gary was privileged to be among an elite few, Operations Specialists, to attend Air Intercept Controller School.
Gary, wife Marlene and daughters Amanda and Abby reside in Ft. Wayne and is a member of St. Vincent’s Catholic Church and the Knights of Columbus, Father Solanus Casey Council # 11276.
He enjoys serving the community by helping families and will take any opportunity to give back to those Communities as well.