Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Gary Lynn Myers

Gary Lynn Myers, born in Shelby on May 23, 1968, died Thursday, May 10, 2018 at OhioHealth Shelby Hospital after a short battle with cancer. He was 49.

Gary was a hard-working man through and through. At the age of 17, Gary joined the Ohio Air National Guard. For 29 years he worked for the Ohio Air National Guard 179th Airlift Wing in Mansfield where he had been a crew chief for C-27J and C-130 aircrafts. He had been deployed numerous times throughout his career, making him a veteran of the United States Air Force, and earned several medals and accolades, including being awarded the Maintainer of the Year award. Gary retired on April 1, 2014 as a Senior Master Sergeant. While working at the 179th Airlift Wing, Gary also worked at Mansfield Correctional Institute as a corrections officer, where he was still currently employed in his 28th year of service. While at MANCI, Gary earned the Vallandingham Gold Star for Valor.

One of the most important things to Gary was farming. He was a 4th generation farmer at the family farm, Myers Farms, and currently was a partner in Rolling Hills Farms, LLC. Gary loved working the land, watching crops grow, and harvesting.

Gary was a loving and selfless man who would do anything for others. He loved his family more than anything. Gary led by example, teaching his children the importance of hard work and to care for others. It was important to him to make sure his family had lasting memories to cherish. Many of those memories were spent traveling and camping, both of which he treasured.

Always taking pride in his work, Gary loved to work outside and keep his house up to snuff, a home which he built himself for his family from the ground up. Gary was a 1986 graduate of Lexington High School and had attended The Ohio State University. He was a member of the Shelby American Legion and First Lutheran Church in Shelby.

Gary is survived by his wife, Jodi Lynn (Seif) Myers, whom he wed on May 13, 1995; 3 children: Keira Myers (fiancé, Shane McCleaf) of Mansfield, Shane Myers, a student at The Ohio State University, and Travis Myers, a senior at Shelby High School; 2 grandsons: Mason and Greyson McCleaf; and his mother: Susie (Adams) Peck of Chillicothe.

Gary was the brother who would torment his sisters for his own entertainment but would also beat up anyone else who tried the same. His sisters, Kimberly Hale of Circleville and Kelley (Josh) Pate of Chillicothe, also survive along with his mother-in-law: Ellen Seif of Galion; sister-in-law and brother-in-law: Leslie (Tad) Eickholt of Bucyrus; numerous aunts, uncles, other relatives, and many close friends. Gary was always the uncle who would reach out and tickle all the kids if they tried to pass by him. This became his ‘trademark’ and, while camping, the kids would look at him, giggle, and go the long way around the fire.

He was preceded in death by his father: Larry W. Myers in 2016; maternal grandparents: Stanley Adams, Sr. and Agnes Roberts Smith; paternal grandparents: Marlin and Gladys Myers; step-father: Richard Peck; and father-in-law: Larry Seif.

Family and friends are welcome on Monday, May 14, 2018 from 4-7 pm at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby. Visitors are also welcome on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 10-11 am where funeral services will immediately follow at 11 am. Rev. Russel Yoak will officiate and burial will follow in Oakland Cemetery, Shelby, where military honors will be conducted by the 179th Airlift Wing Honor Guard. Immediately following the graveside committal, all are invited to a barn party at the family farm, 2305 St. Rt. 96, Shelby.

Memorial contributions may be made to OhioHealth Infusion Clinic in Shelby or OhioHealth Hospice. Online condolences may be made at:

Memories & Condolence

  1. Don & Jeannie Berry says:

    We worked with Gary for years at ManCI. Rest in Peace, Gary and may God comfort your family during this difficult time.

  2. Vicki Cogburn says:

    So sorry for your loss. May God wrap your family in grace and strength as you celebrate your brothers life and mourn his physical loss. Until you meet again♥️♥️

  3. Darren Dowler says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family.

  4. Tami DeLong Barnett says:

    My sincerest sympathy to Gary’s family. Kim, please reach out to me if you need anything.

  5. Margie I Hoover says:

    so very sorry for all the Myers families loss, hugs and prayers.

  6. Rita Reed Faidley says:

    I am so sorry for your loss.
    Want to send my love and prayers to his family and friends.
    He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

  7. Deanne Heisler Trill says:

    Susie – Sending my condolences to the family. Trusting that you hold on to all the great memories you have of your loved one. It is never easy to lose a loved one.

  8. Ruth Slusher says:

    My deepest sympathies to you at this time of tremendous loss. Gary always greeted me with a smile. He was a good officer and coworker.

  9. William Caudell says:

    RIP My friend worked many years at Manci with Gary. Prayers for his family and friends

  10. Robert Pattob says:

    Worked with Gary many years, great person & co worker, he will be greatly missed!

  11. Lou Yaklixh says:

    I’m saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. I worked many years with him at ManCI and enjoyed seeing him about the prison. Rest in peace.

  12. Janet Hines says:

    Susie and family. My deepest sympathy for your loss. Susie I didn’t know Gary but him being your son, I’m sure he was a kind and selfless person. May he now rest in peace and comfort and prayers for you and all your family.

  13. Ruth Frlger says:

    Susie, heartfelt sadness on your recent loss. No one should outlive their children. Let us girls help carry you through your darkest hours. Hugs and love,
    Ruth Shrader Felger .

  14. Harold Cope says:

    What a terrible loss obviously to his family, but his coworkers, friends. Gary was a exceptional officer and friend. Prayers to his family during this time. Some people could make a difference, Gary did make a difference. May he find comfort and peace.

  15. Mandy Lewis says:

    Gary had a very charismatic personality and always made me laugh. He was very opinionated and I envied him for being so strong willed in his beliefs! This is heart breaking to me and many of my fellow co-workers at ManCI. I speak for many when I say “God bless” to his entire family and that you’re in our prayers.

  16. Chris Fackelman says:

    Gary and I were good friends through High School. I remember riding with him in his 442 many times. He had told me many times he wanted to join the Air force and unfortunately we lost touch with each other after graduating. May peace be with him and his family.

  17. Tammy Canfield says:

    It was an honor and privilege to know and care for Gary during this short battle with cancer. Many prayers for the Myers family.

  18. Lisa Heiser says:

    I worked with Gary at MANCI for 4 years. He was a great person. Always had something nice to say and always had a smile on his face. Gary will surly be missed by many, and remembered by many more. My thoughts and prayers go out to the Myers family.

  19. Brandy Yockey says:

    Prayers of comfort to the Myers family. I worked as a contractor at MANCI for several years, Officer Myers always respected my employment, always had a smile, and never failed to brighten the day with his humor. One of the best.

  20. Judy Kitts says:

    Kelley and Kim, my thoughts and prayers are with you.
    May the memories of your time together ease the pain of your loss.
    Love and hugs

  21. Merilyn Dent says:

    Rest in Gods arms Gary! I worked with Gary at MANCI. He was a kind and wonderful gentleman. I am proud to have known him. My prayer are with the Myers family.

  22. Mike & Jane Gregory says:

    Jodi and family sorry for the loss of your husband,father your in our thoughts and prayers. God give you strength in your time of need

  23. Mike & Jane Gregory says:

    Jodi and family sorry for your are in our prayers

  24. Charlotte Walterhouse says:

    Gary was a great guy to work with at ManCI. He was always willing to help you out if you had a problem. When I would look at the schedule and see I was working with him that day I would know it was going to be a good and fun day.
    Prayers for the Myers family. May God hold you tight and help you through this sad time.
    R. I. P my friend. Fly high like those planes you always talked about.

  25. Clarence & Linda Fackler says:

    To the Myers family you have our sympathy and prayers .Gary was a good guy and the whole family are great people. May God give you the strength in your time of need

  26. Becky Oswalt says:

    Death leaves heartache no one but God can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal. Gary was a character and you never knew what he was going to say next. He was always fun to work with and will be missed by many. Prays for your family.

  27. Mike Collins says:

    I went to high school with Gary and we played baseball together many seasons on the Lexington Little League fields. We also hung out at each others houses many times. Although we had lost touch over the years I have nothing but great memories to recall. It was an honor and privilege to have known Gary. I know he will be missed by many. My Prayers and sympathies to the entire family.

  28. Ether C says:

    I send my sincere condolences to your family during this difficult time. This scripture brought me comfort when I lost a loved one and I hope it can do the same for your family. (Psalm 34:18) May God give you comfort and the strength to endure through this difficult time.

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