Gary William Gilbert

November 13, 1943 ‒ July 22, 2020

Sunbury, Ohio

Gary William Gilbert, age 76, of Sunbury, Ohio, passed away peacefully at his home on July 22nd, 2020. Born November 13th, 1943 in Clyde, Ohio to the late John and Virginia (Burroughs) Gilbert. Gary grew up learning to farm and fix almost anything. He attended The Ohio State University, obtaining a Bachelors and a Master’s degree in Engineering and became a lifelong member of the Triangle Fraternity.

Gary enjoyed hunting, good bourbon, and spending time with family. He would regularly talk to anyone who would listen about the Buckeyes, cars he liked, and he didn’t miss an Indy 500 or Brickyard 400 race for 25 years straight. He and his wife Charlene, in addition to having children of their own, were foster parents, opening their home and hearts to many children in the Delaware County area over the years. Gary retired from the City of Columbus after 30+ years of service.

Preceded in death by the love of his life, Charlene Ann (Kern) Gilbert, with whom he shared 33 years of marriage; and their daughters, Allison Gilbert and Michelle Hector. Also preceded by his parents and in-laws.

Survived by his children Aaron, Austin (Trisha) Gilbert, and Abigail; his siblings, Penny (Gary) Davenport and Lanny Gilbert; and his six grandchildren, as well as many cherished friends and relatives.

Friends and loved ones may gather from 3 to 5 P.M. Sunday, July 26th,  2020 at Devore-Snyder Funeral Home, 637 N. State Route 61, (at SR 3), Sunbury where Funeral Service will be held at 11 A.M. on Monday, July 27th, 2020, with burial at Sunbury Memorial Park to follow.

Contributions may be made to the American Heart Association 5455 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43214 in Gary’s memory.

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  • Oh dear Abby I am so sorry for your loss.I will be sending my thoughts and prayers to you and your family . I only met your father once but he was a shear delight. Be kind to yourself I should go through this grief ….for grief is just the misplacement of the love we had for the man that has crossed over. Hugs

  • Dear Abby, Austin, and Aaron: I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing! I have many fond memories of him, and with all of you, during visits with your family over the years! You have had so much loss and at such young ages! My sympathy and prayers for strength during this time and going forward! Blessings and love! Lynn

  • Aaron, Abby, Austin, May our Lord Jesus comfort you during this time of laying your dad to rest. May his soul receive eternal happiness. We love you all, The Brehm family, Renee, Dave, Alex,Dawson, Katheryn, and Maria

  • Aaron, Austin,and Abby

    All of us are very sorry for your loss. Gary was a nice man and a good father, and husband. You will all miss him greatly. Over time you will have such fond memories
    and stories to reflect on. Our sympathy and prayers are with you all .


    Dick, Susan, Zach , Nick , and Abby Laudick

  • Thanks for many wonderful experiences, Gary. Remember … And then there was … What about …? Oh, how could ever I forget … See you at Gate-7. May God bring Peace to your family. Jack

  • Abby, Austin and Aaron, Our hearts are breaking along with your hearts at the loss of your Dad. A wise and loving man, and I know the legacy he leaves you will glow brightly in your life because of him. You are in our thoughts and prayers throughout these days as you prepare to lay him to eternal rest. We love all of you so much, Uncle Lanny and Fran

  • Dear Gilbert Family:
    I am so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. I only worked with him for a short time, but, in that time I found him to be a very special person.
    My thoughts and prayers go out to you all!

  • Abby, Austin & Aaron,
    Your dad was my supervisor for 12 years at the City of Columbus, Division of Sewerage & Drainage. He was a wonderful mentor and always listened to my ideas and helped me to grow and excel in my position. He was wise and forward thinking engineer and always looked out for the best interests of the citizens of Columbus. We often talked about family and it was clear he loved you all deeply. I’m so sorry for your loss. May his memory be a blessing to you.

  • Dear family,
    I feel privileged to have known your family and you made an impact on me over the years. I thank God for Gary , Charlene, and all of you. God bless you.