Gary L. Commins

November 16, 1946 ‒ July 12, 2020

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Gary L. Commins, age 73, of Mount Vernon passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, July 12, 2020 at the Knox Community Hospital.

He was born on November 16, 1946 in Oswego, NY to the late Edward and Corinne (Lybarger) Commins.  Gary was a graduate of Tri State College where he earned a bachelor’s degree.  He was employed for many years at Johns Manville in Houston, Texas.  Gary was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, Amvets Post #95, and Colonial City Moose Lodge #2555.  He was a veteran serving in the United States Air Force from 1971-1973.

He is survived by his loving companion Cynthia Rummel; his sister Marcia Kelly; his niece Jolynn (Luke) Zawilski; and his two great nieces Ashlynn and Emma Zawilski.

A Celebration of Life gathering will be held on Saturday, July 18, 2020 from 2-4PM at the Colonial City Moose Lodge (417 W. High St. Mount Vernon).

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Knox County Joint Veteran’s Council.

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  • I am so sad to hearing of Gary’s passing. He was a life long friend of our family. He was one of my brother, John Mazza, best friends since grade school. They played on the PPG Little League baseball team together. In the end Gary was a pallbearer at John’s funeral in 1965. I can still recall how unconsoleable he was. Perhaps they are now having a heavenly reunion.. I did not have the pleasure of meeting Cynthia but what a lucky girl to have Gary in her life as long as she did. Gary and his dear sister Marcia have always had a special bond with the Mazza family and we are grieving his loss and yours. He will be missed. God Bless Cynthia, Marcia , Emily and his entire family.

    • Thank you, Colette, for your words of friendship. Johnny and Gary’s bond was part of my Celebration of Life speech. It’s taken 55 yrs for them to rekindle their time “together…again”.
      I’m struggling with this whole thing, but in my own time and my own way, I will heal.

  • I was very sad to hear about Gary’s passing. We roomed together at Tri State. Gary and I were also members together at Faith Lutheran Church. He was always up beat and a great friend who was always willing to help you. My condolences to his close friends and family. Rest In Peace Gary.

  • S0 sad to hear of the passing of Gary. I remember lots of good times with Gary. He was the best man at Karens and my wedding over 5o years ago. Condolences to Marsha and family friends.

  • So sorry about Gary a friend that has made many trips to Chillicothe. He was a friend in high school and remained one through the years. He was devastated about Johnny and thenPat, but hopefully he and Cynthia enjoyed the Last years. Our prayers to all

  • To the family of Gary Cummings I send my condolences sad to hear Gary was a friend to me. Remembering him and I played little league baseball for PPG. Rest in peace my friend.

  • I’m so sad that Gary has passed. We talked almost every week. He has been a great friend for many years. He thought the world of you Cindy, and I am so thankful that he had you in his life. Miss you buddy.

  • I was so sad to hear about Gary… many wonderful childhood memories in Mt. Vernon, Mansfield, Fredricktown, Mohican and more. I will never forget Gary’s smiling face. My thoughts and prayers are with you Marcia, Cindy and your entire family.

  • Gosh. We all went to high school together, knew him well. R.I.P. jim and Mary Kay Netolick

  • For the past fifteen years or so, Gary was part of our Thursday golf group. We traveled to many surrounding courses in central Ohio. Oftentimes we would stop for breakfast at a nearby restaurant near the course. Gary’s was always upbeat and reflected on his boyhood days of Mount Vernon often. I will miss him. Gary was a kind, considerate friend. RIP Gary.

  • I was sad to hear of Gary’s passing. He was a dear friend to Joan and me. Our condolences to Marcia, family and relatives and to Cynthia, a true friend through the years. I really got to know Gary and his family my sophomore year in high school cruising up Main St, around the square, and thru Beck’s Point Drive-In. To top off the evening, we would order 7 hamburgers and free fries for $1.07. With his red Ford, he would drive his friends to the Mt. V away basketball games. We pitched in for the gas, at 27 cents a gallon. When he was discharged from the U. S. Air Force, he stayed with us at McGuire AFB as he processed out. Driving to Alaska, we stopped in Houston, TX. for few days to visit. I’ve kept in touch with him since. My last visit to Mt. V. was last August- reunion week. He and I sat on his front porch catching up and reminiscing about old times. I last talked on the phone with him July 9th. R.I.P. my friend.

    • Steve, thank you for all your expressions of friendship that you and Gary shared over the years.
      It was such a shock to get this news, and since his passing happened on my birthday, I guess it was Gary telling me he always wanted to somehow be a part of any future birthdays I might celebrate. I appreciate your thoughts and kind words. I really am going to miss my “Big Bro” so much.

  • Will always remember our childhood growing up when our parents were in a euchre club. Such great memories.
    Love and prayers.

  • I miss you, Gary! You’ll forever be in my heart. And you’ll ALWAYS be my Big Brother.
    I know Cindy misses you…. you meant the world to her. And then there’s Morgan. She’s lost without you right there by her side.
    Rest In Peace, Gary !!! I love you so much.

    Your Baby Sister, MARCIA