Gary R. Messner, 74, of Wooster passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, April 16, 2023.
He was born June 10, 1948 in Wooster, the son of Irvin and W. Jean Gamertsfelder Messner. He married Jeri Lee McCorkle on April 24, 1969 at St. Mary Catholic Church. He has been reunited with the love of his life who preceded him in death in 2017. He is also preceded in death by stepmother Barb Messner and step brother David Wood.
Gary’s main purpose in life was his family and friends. After graduating from Wooster High School, he bravely served in the Army in the Vietnam War. Upon returning home, he and his wife made a beautiful life for their children and grandchildren. He was a safety consultant at Frito Lay from which he retired to be an Independent Safety Consultant. He was a dedicated and loving husband, an incredible dad and was the best grandpa. Everybody had a friend in Gary. He was an avid Cleveland sports fan and golf enthusiast. He was a member of The Mental Health and Recovery Board where he volunteered. He found importance in service to others. He will be missed by many.
He is survived by his children Deanna (Neal Pennington) Messner, Joanne Messner and Adam Ciganick; grandchildren Haylie (Josh) Polen and Jasaiah Messner; brother and good friend Steve Messner; brother Charles Messner; sister Pam Messner; step brother John Wood; step sisters Lisa Grayson and Diane Jones; best friend Tim Christopher. He was a father and grandfather figure to many.
Friends will be received on Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 6:00-8:00 PM at McIntire, Bradham & Sleek Funeral Home, 216 E. Larwill St., Wooster.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, April 21, 2023 at 11:00 AM at the funeral home with Pastor Buddy Bevington officiating.
Inurnment will be held on Wednesday, April 26, 2023 at 1:15 PM at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd., Seville. A procession will leave the funeral home at 12:15PM.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.mcintirebradhamsleek.com