Gary L. Craft

December 14, 1941 ‒ February 06, 2019

Marion, Ohio

Gary L. Craft, age 77, of Marion, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at home following an extended battle with COPD.

On December 14, 1941, Gary was born in Marion, Ohio, the middle of three children of the late Lowell Marcus and Mary Alice (McPeek) Craft.  He graduated from Marion Harding High School in the class of 1959.

A few years following graduation, Gary reconnected with a classmate from school, Ruth Elliott.  From there the rest was history, and they were married on June 30, 1962.  They cherished their fifty six years of marriage.

After a short stint at Quaker Oats, Gary started with Ohio Edison in 1966.  He worked his way up to substation supervisor, where he worked for thirty-one years and was known as “Crafty,” retiring in 1998.  On the side, he worked for a professional painting company owned by Jimmy Brown. Taking on anything from smaller home projects to larger projects, in the Marion area, like the Harding Home and National City Bank.  Lastly, he was the building superintendent at Epworth United Methodist Church for over ten years.

Having a servant’s heart, Gary was a faithful member of the Epworth United Methodist Church.  He had a deep appreciation for history, and was a lifetime member of the Marion County Historical Society.  He also was a member of the Elks and Moose.

A hard working man who never cut any corners, Gary excelled at everything he put his mind to.  He was a skilled woodworker, making beautiful clocks, coffee tables, rocking horses and countless other things for his family.  He loved photography, capturing special shots of all of the historic places he and Ruth visited.  He also was the family photographer for special occasions, weddings, etc.  He loved working with Ruth, buying and remodeling their homes, where they stayed until Ruth found their next project.  He also took pride in being very tech savvy making sure he was up to date on all the latest gadgets.

Most important of all to Gary was his family, and of all his jobs throughout his life the job he took most pride in was being “the best grandfather of all time.”  He will be missed for so many reasons, especially his great sense of humor and quick wit, and for his unconditional compassion.

Left to cherish his memory are his beloved wife, Ruth Craft; two children: Tamera Jackson and Scott (Mindy) Craft; son-in-law, Brian Jackson; four granddaughters: Jennah and Jordyn Jackson, and Chelsea and Madison Craft; a brother-in-law, Hershel White; and ten nieces and nephews.

Including his parents, Gary was preceded in death by two siblings and a sister-in-law: Shirley White and Lowell Richard “Dick” (Ruth Berry) Craft.

His family will greet friends from 2 – 5 pm on Sunday, February 10, 2019, at the Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will also be held there at 10:30 am on Monday, with Rev. David Hoffman officiating.  Entombment will follow in Marion Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Heartland Hospice or Epworth United Methodist Church, and they may be sent to the care of the funeral home.

On behalf of his family, they would like to extend a heartfelt “thank you” to the staff of Heartland Hospice, especially Sandra Rowe, for their tender care of Gary.

Snyder Funeral Homes, Gunder/Hall Chapel, are honored to serve Gary’s family and your condolences may be shared with them via

  • Scott,
    Your other family (Garland) is praying for you and your loved ones. Anything we can do, please let us know,

    Your Partner but most importantly “family”.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time. Godspeed.

  • Scott, I am so sorry for the loss of your father. I did not know him but from his biography it is obvious he was a great family man and will be missed. Our prayers go out for your dad and your entire family.

  • I grew up with Gary and his family in the west end their local store was always a hangout for the kids in the neighborhood many happy memories

  • Scott,
    Your father seemed like a great family man. I see that the apple did not fall far from the tree. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  • Scott,
    May the lord be with you and your family at this time. Thank your for sharing your father’s memory I know he will be remembered for the he shared with his family.
    God Bless

  • Scott,

    A person’s character can be judged by his family life, work ethic and how they treat others. It is very obvious after reading Gary’s biography he was a great man, husband and father. We are sorry for your loss, and our prayers are with you and your family.

  • Ruth
    Our deepest sympathy and condolences for your loss, Gary was a great person and a true friend and will be missed by all.

  • Scott and family, blessed be to your entire family. My condolences to your family but rest assured God will take your father in his open arms and he will know eternal peace. God Bless.

  • All of our Love and Prayers to Ruth and Scott and Tammy and entire families!
    The Lysaght loved and will cherish the times spent with Gary and Family at
    our many get togethers and we will miss Gary and I will keep close to my ❤️ the good times and cold ones that Gary and GENO shared 🙏

  • To the Craft Family,
    So very sorry for your loss. May it comfort you to know how many caring thoughts are with you at this sad time.

    The Wink Family
    David, Kathy & Sam

  • Dearest Craft Family,
    Our condolences go out to your entire family. He was a great neighbor and friend to our family. He watched our 3 boys grow up and even supplied the tootsie roll suckers that I wasn’t even aware of for several years. He even included gaming with the boys and I know my oldest son Jacob really appreciated him, helping with computer issues etc. I know we all loved Gary and Ruth. Best neighbors we could have and always watching out for each other. He was a great man, husband, father, grandfather and neighbor. He will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family.

    The Hundley Family
    Kelli, Jacob and Yen, Luke and Caleb

  • Had the pleasure of knowing Gary and doing some work for him and Ruth!! A great man he was!!! Sorry for your loss! Will miss his kind and witty humor!!!

  • Scott,

    Our condolences go out to you and your family. We’re very sorry for your loss. We will keep your family is in our hearts and prayers.