Gary E. Fravel

September 30, 1947 ‒ March 02, 2017

Galena, Ohio

Gary Eugene Fravel, age 69, ended his journey here on Earth March 2, 2017 in his Galena home surrounded by his loving family.

Born September 30, 1947 in Columbus, Ohio to Walter and Mildred (Prince) Fravel, Gary resided most of his life in the Galena area and was a contributing member of Harlem Road United Methodist Church. During his childhood, he enjoyed time spent with his grandparents as well as his aunts and uncles who helped to shape the man he would become. While attending Big Walnut High School, Gary enjoyed many adventures with his cousin Don Fling, and was known for his quick wit and passion for cars. Before graduating Big Walnut High School in 1966, he met the love of his life, and future wife Liz.

Soon after their marriage in May 1967, Gary was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He served respectfully and earned the rank of Sergeant as well as the Bronze Star before his honorable discharge in 1969.

Many of Gary’s closest acquaintances might have said that he had oil running through his veins. He worked hard for his family and retired from Anheuser Busch after 30 years of service; but in his off time you could find him in his garage, fixing, creating or building something.

In the small Westerville starter home garage on College Avenue, he built his custom 68 Camaro from engine to paint. His car would go on to grace the cover of Hot Rod Magazine and Street Machine and won Hot Rod Magazine’s Top Ten Street Machine of 1978.

Gary had a lust for learning new things and never stopped inventing and creating. He loved music, and would spend hours in front of his stereo listening to everything from Otis Redding to Fleetwood Mac. He was a devoted and loving husband, father, and grandfather. He was adored by his wife of 50 years as well as his sister Carol, and daughters Lisa, Cary, and Jamie. He was a friend to many and was seen as a man of his word and a mechanical genius.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents and numerous beloved aunts and uncles.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife Elizabeth; daughters Lisa (Jeremy Meyer) Fravel of Seattle Washington, Cary (Charlie) Ballard, Jamie ( Robert) Sagle; sister Carol (Bob) Wheaton; nephew Chris ( Kristen) Wheaton; grandchildren Jake, Reese, Gwen, and Ryan; great nephew Harley Wheaton;  and numerous other extended family members and friends.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Wednesday March 8, 2017 at the Harlem Road United Methodist Church 5520 Harlem Road, Galena, Ohio 43021. Family and friends may call Tuesday March 7, 2017 from 4:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at the DeVore-Snyder Funeral Home 637 North State Route 61, Sunbury, Ohio 43074. Burial will be in Fancher Maple Grove Cemetery in Galena.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed towards Harlem Road United Methodist Church.

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Snyder Funeral Homes is honored to serve the Fravel family.

  • My heart just aches for you all. I love you all so much and I’m so sorry. I’m praying for some peace. Gary was such a great man! I know he loved his family dearly and I was so blessed to have a small part of that. I will miss his big hugs forever. No one gave hugs like that man! Please let me know if you need anything at all!

    All my love to you all!

  • Our thoughts and prayers for God’s healing and support for you and your family Liz.
    Love always…..Patty, Paul and Andrew Sain.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Gary’s family.
    May you find peace through our Lord’s love and grace.
    Ron & Debbie Boggs

  • So sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • I knew gary very well from working with him at ab. he was a great person, hard worker, and will be missed by all who knew him.

  • I thank God every day for having known Gary , He was a great husband to my sister and a wonderful father to my nieces. Bless all of you and may God bring you piece. I will always miss him and his big bear hugs.

  • So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the family. We lived just “down the road” and when Gary would work on his cars then test drive them down the road my Mom & Dad would say “Gary must have gotten it fixed!” He was a great guy! God bless the whole Fravel family. The Rumery kids

  • You have my deepest sympathy. Remember the good times. He and Liz were great classmates of mine.

  • My heart and love goes out to all of you. Gary was scheduled a great man I loved to see him walk in any room or door because I knew that I was going to get one of his BIG hugs. There were days that I longed for one of his hugs. Know he will always be with you and right by your side trying to give you a great big hug to feel. Love you all

  • So sorry for your great loss, such a wonderful man. May our loving God give you comfort and peace at this difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • My condolences to all of you. You kids were such a blessing to Big Walnut. I appreciated you all. It shows how well you were raised. God bless you all.

  • He sounds so amazing. So sorry for your loss. I loved your Facebook tribute- it was beautiful.

    Love and support,
    The Keating Family
    Brad, Robin, Beckam, Cambell

  • May God Grant his peace and strength to Gary’s wife and family. Sad to hear of my fellow (Nam) vet and co-workers passing.