Gary P. McAfee

October 09, 1934 ‒ September 04, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Gary P. McAfee, age 82, of Marion, died peacefully on Monday, September 4, 2017 at home with his loving family by his side following an extended illness.

On October 9, 1934, Gary was born in Marion, Ohio, the elder of two children of the late Emmer “Mac” and Mary Alice McAfee. A lifelong resident of Marion, he graduated from Marion Harding High School in the Class of 1952.

Shortly following graduation, Gary married his classmate and high school sweetheart, Corrine Levien, on August 15, 1954, at Epworth United Methodist Church. They proudly celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary together just a few days prior to her passing in 2014.

He has been a member of the First Church of the Brethren since 1947, where he also served in various positions including Church Board member, Trustee and Deacon.

Proud to be a part of the Marion Community, Gary served on the Y-Men Service Club, Harding High School Booster Club / Band Parents Association, Friends of the Library, Salvation Army, and a volunteer at the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.  He was honored as the “Citizen of the Year” of Marion for outstanding contributions to the youth of Marion for over 40 years.

Gary will be most remembered for his love of Scouting, having been involved for 75 years.  After his friends mother got him involved in Cub Scouts in 1942, he continued his path and ultimate earned his Eagle in 1950.  He continued to earn many additional merit badges and received the Silver over Silver Palms.  He earned the God and Country Award and was a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.  As an adult, Gary continued to be active by receiving many training awards such as the Scoutmaster’s Training and Key Award.  He received the Evergreen District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, and the prestigious Distinguished Scoutmaster’s Award, which was presented by the National Eagle Scout Association in 1982.  He received his Wood Badge beads and served on the staff of many Wood Badge courses. Gary served on the training staff for the former Harding Area Council  and was the chairman for the Wali-ga-zhu scouting shows in 1971, 1977, 1987, and 1991. He served as a District Chair, District Commissioner and eventually was on the Heart of Ohio Council Executive Board for many years.  He attended 9 National Jamboree and 2 World Jamborees, and hiked the trails at Philmont in New Mexico six times. He attended “Gilwell” near London, England in 1982 and was the Scoutmaster for the Canadian Jamboreal at Timmons, Ontario, Canada in 1988.  There are countless activities and trainings that Gary was a part of but nothing was more precious than his tenure in Troop 32.  He served as the Scoutmaster for 33 years. Nearly 100 scouts earned their Eagle rank through his leadership.  He obviously touched many young men’s futures with his dedication to the troop.  He loved going on all the campouts and troop activities where the scouts learned so many valuable lifelong skills. He made sure the troop took special trips to such places as Canada, New England states, Alaska, Tennessee, jamborees, Philmont, and always to Summer Camp.  He was especially proud that all of his sons, grandsons, and one great-grandson achieved the rank of Eagle—following in his footsteps.

Gary will be missed by his three sons: Terry (Bonnie) McAfee of Caldwell, OH, Chris (Laura) McAfee of Marion, and Tracy (Susan) McAfee of Rural Retreat, Virginia; nine grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; his sister, Jill (Ralph) Thompson of Royal Oak, Michigan; and sister-in-law, Pauline (Cecil) Fulmer of Hayden, AL.  Also missing him are several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Including his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Corrine Y. McAfee on August 20, 2014.

His family will greet friends from 4 – 7 p.m. on Friday, September 8, 2017, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion Ohio. Services honoring his life will be held at 10a.m. on Saturday, at the First Church of the Brethren, 860 E. Church St., Marion, with Pastor Rick Hicks officiating. Burial will follow in Chapel Heights Memory Gardens.

Memorial contributions may be made to the First Church of the Brethren (address above), Boy Scouts of America, 1301 Mt. Vernon Ave., Marion, OH 43302, and Salvation Army 317 West Church, Marion, Ohio.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to have been chosen to serve Gary’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Terry, Chris, Tracy & Family,

    As you well know, your father impacted many young lives of which I am just one. I treasure the memories of Troop#32 with him(your mom), you three and countless other men who gave sacrificially to spend time mentoring us boys. I am an Eagle Scout because of Troop#32 and cherish the honor that was bestowed upon me. Trips to Philmont, Tennessee, Timmons, Ontario & Fort A.P. Hill were experiences most kids only dream about. All the summer camps, and weekend outings kept me interested and growing in my own confidence and abilities.

    I served as a youth pastor for 20 years and now I am pastoring a church in Canton, Oh. There is no doubt the Sunday morning chapel time Gary required helped develop my abilities today. I was often the one actively planning and leading those services, another treasured memory.

    Who could every forget the lowered “eyebrow look” your dad would give us on many occasions. Gary taught us to “Do a Good Turn Daily” and to “Be Prepared.” I have no doubt that he was prepared to meet our God and to hear those all important words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

    From my heart to yours, thank you for sharing your dad with me and countless others. I pray that our God of comfort brings you peace as you grieve your earthly loss. You are loved by the Thomas Family!

  • McAfee Family, so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our condolences, prayers and thoughts are with you at this time. The Swisher’s, Mel, Kim, Ryan , Chelsey & Naomi

  • Gary left such a wonderful legacy. Our son, James, had the privilege of having Gary as his scoutmaster. Under his tutelage he achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. Corrine and the boys are in our prayers.

  • Sad to hear of Gary’s passing I will remember all the good laughs we had at the fellowship table at Church, my prayers go out for your family and know he is at Peace in Heaven

  • To the McAfee family my and my family’s sympathies. My brother, Kemp, and I both achieved Eagle under Gary and his staff’s guidance, and the camping and the trips were always appreciated. I never realized until years later how rare achieving the Eagle Scout rank is. Gary was a real gem and a true blessing to us all. I can speak for all of his former Eagle Scouts that he was instrumental in our lives and we will be eternally grateful to him for that. He was one of the most respected men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing, and I was blessed to have him in my life. I know may late father
    truly admired Gary. God Bless you Gary!

  • Our deepest sympathy to Gary’s family. He was a cherished cousin and Corrine and Gary were great friends of Sallyann’s in high school. Even though we lost contact during the past years, they have both been in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sallyann (Knickle) and Dick Schwab

  • Terry, Chris, Tracy & Families,

    Your father was a treasure to all of us boys in Scouting. Thank you for sharing him with us. I am one of those boys who was fortunate to be mentored by the men of Troop 32 (including you three), and especially your dad. He taught me to “Be Prepared!” and to “Do a good turn daily.” I am Eagle Scout because of the scouting environment he helped provide. His countless hours of dedication and sacrifice are admirable.

    I am particularly thankful for the memories of the trips such as the Houseboat in Tennessee, Fort A.P. Hill National Jamboree, Timmons, Ontario – Canadian Jamboree and Philmont Scout Ranch. Along with the numerous summer camps and weekend camping.

    I was a youth minister for 20 years and now serve the First Baptist Church of Canton as their pastor. I think of the Scout Law and the importance of being “Reverent” and I remember your dad always made sure we participated in Scout Sunday and we had a chapel service when we were camping . Often I was chosen to help lead that little service and I believe part of why I do what I do today can be traced back to those Sundays.

    On a lighter note, none of us boys will ever forget the “raised eyebrow” look your dad would give us. It was always a sign to take note of something important he was about to share or it was a rebuke of our behavior. It was classic!

    My deepest condolences to you all and the Thomas family will be forever grateful to the legacy of your Dad! I have no doubt that when he closed his eyes in this world for the last time, he opened them to see our Savior and to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” With much prayer and much love for you all!

  • My deepest condolences to the McAfee family.

    I was very proud to be a member and Eagle Scout of Troop 32. I knew we had the best troop around. And that was due to the leadership of Gary and others that have also passed like Garl Ervin and DeWitt Cook.

    I will be forever grateful for the opportunities and experiences afforded to me such as traveling all around Canada and New England, to Jamborees and especially to Philmont with my dad. All because of Gary’s dedication to scouting.

    I think back and smile of all the good times I had in Troop 32 with friends like Kevin Thomas and Casey Matteson. I will cherish those memories and memories of Gary.

    A life well lived. Rest in peace Gary.

  • Terry, Chris, Tracy and Family,
    It has been an honor to know and work with your father. His dedication to preparing life lessons for boys to young men and beyond is unmatched. By using the Boy Scout model as a foundation he made certain any young man could establish goals and there would be proper guidance to achieve those goals. Along the path of attaining those goals, there would be rewards in the form of high adventures to implement the lessons learned.
    Your father was able to also convince adults to participate whether they were parents, church members, or former scouts. In this manner, a young man was provided a varied exposure to ideas as well as communication skills.
    As others have mentioned, the Monday night meetings, monthly camp outs, and the high adventures had to be a labor of love by your father. He was giving up his personal time off to provide this learning foundation. From a personal point of view, he made it seamless for me to leave work at 5PM on Friday night and be in front of a campfire by 8PM to assist him over the weekend.
    I will also be grateful for the many “characters” encountered along the way: Terry the preacher, Tracy the solar oven man, Chris, Cookie, Garl, Norm, Willis Thomas, Willis Watts, Neil Miller, as well as your mother Corrine, Gloria and Dorothy.
    In the future when I remember Gary, the most precious memory will be the two-week trek in the mountains of Philmont with my son Matt. From the train ride to the Rocky Mountains, to leaving our “guide” early in the morning to hit the trail, to Cimmoroncito , to historic Fish Camp, church services on Mt. Phillips, and the iconic Tooth of Time, these are unforgettable memories.
    Gary, thank you for your fervent dedication to all the young men you have touched.
    With deepest sympathy,
    Bill and Terry Dickson