Gary Lee Van Arsdale

September 01, 1948 ‒ December 21, 2020

Delaware, Ohio
Formerly of Westerville, Ohio



Gary Lee Van Arsdale, 72, of Delaware, formerly of Westerville, passed away peacefully Monday, December 21, 2020 at Parkside Glenn Memory Care in Westerville.

Born September 1, 1948 in Columbus, Ohio the son of the late Charles Van Arsdale & Barbara (Lee) Lindenmeyer. Gary attended and later graduated from Whetstone High School in 1966, we would then go on and receive his Bachelor’s in Education from Ashland University, and then received his Masters Degree from The Ohio State University. Gary was an Eagle Scout, and was a camp counselor at Camp Lazarus in Delaware as a teen. Gary was very involved in the Westerville Community. He was a volunteer firefighter for Westerville, and served on City Council. He also taught history at West and Mifflin High School, worked for Physician Health Plan as chief operations officer, he created the company E-V Benefits Management, and was vice president of AON Consulting.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents, loving wife Marcia in October 2020, brother Jim Van Arsdale.

Left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Becky (Mike Paulins) Van Arsdale- Paulins and Jessica (Andy) Krisch; grandchildren Iain Kirsch, Tate Van Arsdale, Matt Kirsch, and Myah Paulins; great-granddaughter Flora Van Arsdale; brother Steve (Debbie) Van Arsdale; sister-in- law Lynette Van Arsdale.

Gary enjoyed golfing, and would travel with his friends to his favorite course Pinehurst, in North Carolina. He was a member of Little Turtle, Rattlesnake, and Medallion golf clubs.  He also enjoyed woodworking, and spending time with his daughters, and family in general. Gary never knew a stranger and always had a smile that could light up the room.

Gary and his late wife Marcia both loved Christmas, and everything about the holiday. The family finds peace knowing that he is now up there with her for the holidays, never having to spend Christmas apart from one another.

Private family services will be held at a later date

Memorial contributions in Gary’s honor may be directed towards the Alzheimer’s Association, Boy Scouts of America, or the Columbus Zoo.

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The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center in Delaware is assisting the family with arrangements.


  • My heart is so sad for your loss. I cannot imagine how hard it is to loose both parents in such a short time. Now, they will spend Christmas together, but their hearts will always be here with you. Even though the last few years we did not get to see each other, my love and fond memories of times we spent together live on. They were so proud of their family and would tell stories about each and every one of you. All my love. If there is anything I can do, don’t hesitate to ask.
    Sending our Love,
    Jack and Kathy

  • Dear Jess and Becky,
    We are so sad to learn of your dad’s passing especially so soon after your mom’s. Our hearts go out to you and your families. We have such fond memories of golf trips, dinners, and parties with your folks over the years. Your dad took the time before each Pinehurst golf trip to put together detailed pairing sheets for all the guys. We both were fortunate in knowing him professionally, as well, through City Council and UHC.
    We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
    David and Nancy

  • Gary and I met in 1st grade 66 years ago next month. We had quite a few adventures together. Most of them can be related. He and Marcia’s wedding is one that had its fun moments. I could never beat him at golf, even when his swing was not sync.

  • Jessica and Becky,
    My condolences. My memories of both your parents are reflected in the two of you. You represented your family and the Big Walnut community so very well. You both are a living tribute to the job they did raising you and making the world a little better.

  • Dear Jessica & Becky: What truly sad news about the loss of your mom and dad. Both Marcia and Gary went to Ashland University like my wife and me. I was not only his roommate our Freshman year, but we were also fraternity brothers. Please know your entire family is in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless. Alice & Don Jakeway
    San Antonio, Texas

  • Dear Jessica and Becky,
    We are sad to hear of the loss of both your parents. Gary was the oldest of all the cousins and we had great times growing up together at all our family gatherings. Marcia was a wonderful addition to the family. We extend our deepest sympathies for your loss.

  • Steve. I just read about Gary. I am so sorry for your loss You probably don’t remember me but I was your babysitter when you were young in the 50’s. I lived 3 doors west on Oakland God bless you and your family.

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss
    I was fortunate to have worked with Gary at E-V Benefits. I learned a great deal there and always appreciated Gary’s input. He was a good mentor.

    A life well lived.

  • The MIFFLIN Class of 1979 wishes to express our deepest condolences to the family of
    God Bless!

  • Sorry for your loss. He was one of the good ones. If it were not for him I would not have made it through school.
    Dave mahley
    Mifflin class of 75

  • Oh my goodness! I would be late for history every day. I had history on the 3rd floor but had to come up from English behind the stage on the first floor. How many times he told me I was late. I tried. But he always laughed. To this day I love history. Great teacher at West.

  • I just happened upon this obituary today as I was thinking of teachers I had at West High School in the early 70s. Mr. Van Arsdale stood out in my mind as the teacher I had for history that challenged me to think. As I grew to love the subject, thanks in part to this challenge, I have often thought back to those days in high school, feeling grateful that I had Mr. V. My sincere condolences for your loss.

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