Gary L. Deadmond, 75, of Odin, passed away Friday, March 10, 2017 at his home surrounded by his family. He was born May 31, 1941, the son of Harry L. and Alice May (Uhls) Deadmond. He married Sandra DeWeese June 20, 1959 at the Sandoval Christian Church. She preceded him in death on March 6, 2002.
Gary was a loving father to Pam Gelsinger, husband Mike, Harry “Peanuts” Deadmond, wife Amanda, and Rhonda Daugherty all of Sandoval; devoted best friend or better known as the “wife without papers”, Lola Friedrich; beloved grandfather to Michael Gelsinger, wife Tonia of Sandoval, Christopher Gelsinger, wife Lacey of Glen Carbon, Daniel Hammer of Sandoval, Ambra Hammer of Sandoval, Elisia Deadmond, fiancé Kyle of Kinmundy, Gary Deadmond II, fiancée Tawnie of Salem, Cassandra Deadmond of Sandoval, Beau Morton and Whitney of Salem, Timothy Morton of Kell, Melissa Carroll, husband Jason of Salem, and Tony Haag of Arizona; 27 great-grandchildren; further survived by his brother Evan Deadmond, wife Gladys of Odin, brothers-in-law Tom DeWeese, wife Pat and Donnie Jett all of Sandoval; sisters-in-law Phyllis McKneelan, husband Max of Florida and Marilyn Stone, husband Jim of Indiana; and cherished uncle, cousin and friend to many.
In addition to being the late husband to Sandra Deadmond, Gary was preceded in death by both of his parents and sister-in-law Carolyn Jett.
Gary will forever be remembered as a family man who always put his family first. For many years, he was employed with Murray Center in the Labor Relations Department, was a field rep. for the Laborers Union of North America, and past business manager of Laborers Local 717. Gary was a longtime pillar of the Village of Sandoval by having served as mayor for 24 years, SFPD officer and fireman, local business owner of G & S Auto, and co-owner of Sandoval Colonial Golf Course. He strived to make the Village of Sandoval a better place to live. Gary’s interest included politics, golf, camping, deer hunting, and bowling. He was the founding member of the “Tequila’s Weekly Margarita Club” where many family memories were made over the years. He was also a member of Bethel Baptist Church.
Celebration of life services will be held at 7:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, 2017 at Day Macz Funeral Home in Sandoval with Pastor John Klockenga officiating. Relatives and friends are respectively invited to attend visiting hours from 4:00 p.m. till the time of the services. Private family graveside services will be held at McClelland-Andereck Cemetery. The family asks that you consider memorial contributions in Gary’s memory to the Village of Sandoval Park Fund, Bethel Baptist Church, McClelland-Andereck Cemetery, or the American Heart Association. On-line condolences and memories of Gary may be shared with the family at www.maczfuneralhomes.com or on their Facebook page.