Gary Lee Upchurch Sr.

August 28, 1962 ‒ August 15, 2016

Delaware, Ohio

Gary Lee Upchurch Sr., 53, of Delaware, lost his battle with lung cancer on Monday morning August 15, 2016 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

He was born August 28, 1962 in Marion, Ohio to Elmer “Glen” Upchurch Sr. and Maxine (Walton) Upchurch.

Gary never met a stranger and he enjoyed having coffee each morning with his friends at Tim Horton’s. He had a big heart and was there for everyone no matter if he knew them or not and he was loved by everyone.

Left to cherish his memory are daughters, Pauline (Jay Goodwin) Upchurch of Mt. Vernon, Haven Upchurch of the home and Madison Curry of Marion; son, Gary (April Stoutenburgh) Upchurch Jr. of Mt. Vernon; three grandchildren, Makenzi Lord, Ava Upchurch and Gary Upchurch III; brothers, Elmer (Freda Patton) Upchurch of Kilbuck and Harold Upchurch of Delaware; sister, Kimberly (Bud) Radclift of Delaware; mother, Maxine Upchurch of Delaware; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his father.

The family will receive friends on Thursday August 18, 2016 from 5 – 8 pm at the Snyder Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive (formerly 1510 W. William Street), Delaware. Graveside services will then be held on Friday August 19th at 12 (Noon) at Greenmound Cemetery in Kilbourne.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Gary’s memory may be made to the funeral home to assist with expenses.

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  • Prayers for his family.
    I met him at Tim Hortons about a year ago. Me, going through the drive thru every morning and him, inside near the window. We started to wave hello every morning. One day he came up to my car while I was in line and induced himself ” so I would know who I was waving at”. He was such a nice man.
    I have been looking for him in the mornings and wondered where he was… I had no idea he was fighting such a battle. He always had a smile on his face.
    I will miss his Hello and smile💔

  • Was a regular to Delaware donatos for the entire time I worked their 5+ years great guy always smiling fly high Gary breath easy and watch over us all

  • When I worked at Tim Horton’s, he would come in every morning always happy as can be and with a smile on his face. You would’ve never known he was sick.. Been meaning to go back to TH and visit everyone, he will never be forgotten. Rest easy..

  • You will be missed very much had many laughs and great times. You had a heart the size of the moon,never could be in a sad or bad mood around you. I remember running into you in a tim Hortons I was in a bad cold as heck and within 5 minutes you had me cracking up. It’s really sad your gone now very few of your type out there. My best wishes to your family

  • He was a sweet man. I always seen him sitting in Tim Hortons and everytime I went through the drive though we waved at each other. We bumped into each other last Christmas at Walmart and he was surprised gave me a hung and introduced his daughter and grandkids. Past few days even this morning I went through Tim’s and was hoping to see him but didn’t til I saw this on here. Bless his family and friends for his loss. Least he’s in a better place and knowing we are all here for him. RIP.

  • So saddened by this!! He was our neighbor many years ago, when we lived in town, always had a smile and a great kidder!! Have seen him through the years as I was working at Walmart, and had no idea the battle he was enduring. This touches me deeply as my husband is fighting the same fight!!! My sincere condolences for his family!! He will truly be missed!!! So sorry for this loss!! RIP GARY!!!!

  • Hi to all who loved Gary – just the way he was 🙂
    I met Gary, like most everyone else, at Tim Horton’s. We would wave to each other every day as he sat with his daughter or just by himself. If one of us wasn’t there for a few days we would worry about each other. He was a kind, loving person who always had a smile on his face. I will never forget the day he came out to give me a hug and tell me about his diagnosis. The next day we sat, talked and prayed about it. I told him I would sit with him the next day…. unfortunately that day never came. I am saddened by this loss. May he rest in peace…

  • So sadden by this met Gary 5 years ago he always had a smile on his face always so kind we would talk every morning on my way to clean the laundry room over by him I’m gonna miss seeing him every morning his smiling face but you are no longer suffering and u are in a much better place prayers for the family so sorry for your loss he was a good man

  • Gary would come into Donatos often.. He was such a wonderful man. My fiance knew him from when he worked at tim hortoms before coming to Donatos so i was given the pleasure of getting to meet him by working at donatos and getting to know him through association and his loss will be deeply felt. He was so nice and funny and caring. I remember the last time i saw him when he told me about the doctor visit and gave me a hug before he left. My prayers go out to every one whose lives he touched. May he rest in peace.

  • I met gary 23 years ago when i was introduced to him by my older brother trevor (rip). At the age of 15, we got to know each other through the years over long nights of catfishing and talks about life and love.when i became old enough to drive,gary taught me alot about cars and trucks….he was one of the best mechanics i know of…many times through the years he saved me when i was in need.everything from locking keys in my car,flat tires on trucks,or just being broke down….any time of day or night he was there with a smile,saying ” again huh?” Lol. He always had a way of letting me know “everything would be alright” ,and” not to worry”. He always made me laugh. He had a big smile and an even bigger heart..always lending the shirt off his back to anyone in need.i learned alot from him about life,love,kindness,careing,and sharing..he is truely loved and missed by all…rip my brother.i’ll see you again one day in a better place… i send my condolences and love to the family.if your ever in need dont hesitate to call on me.his family…is my family…sincerely.

    • Thank you aaron for such a wonderful message. The good memories are what we need right now. You are family and always will be. Please keep in touch haven needs all the support she can get. If you remember anything else feel free to get in touch with us. She needs more smiles in her life

  • Will be missed. The family is in our thoughts and prayers. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Gary had such a kind heart and was always ready to give a hug. I first met him when Haven was a student at Willis. He will be missed. I last talked with him at Grady when he was being taken to Riverside. My thoughts and prayers are with the entire family and hugs to Haven.

  • I am so sad to hear this. I looked forward to Gary’s big grin and wave on the mornings that I went through the drive thru at Tim Horton’s. I’ve been wondering about him all week. I am so appreciative of how he touched my life in the most simple and kind way.

  • I met Gary when I had the privilege of being his daughter’s 1st grade teacher. He was such an attentive and devoted father, and so supportive of the schools. From then on, anytime I would see him he would stop whatever he was doing to give me one of his trademark “Gary Hugs”. He was such a kind and loving man, and had a heart of gold. He had a gift of making people feel so happy and loved. My condolences go to his family. Please know you are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

  • i met Gary at Tim Hortons he was a great friend and would always give me a hug he will be missed he was always so nice