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Gary D. Adams

December 13, 1936 — March 4, 2023

Gary D. Adams

Gary D. Adams, 86, of Van Wert, passed away Saturday evening, March 4, 2023 at Vancrest of Van Wert. He was born on December 13, 1936, in Van Wert County, to Wendell B. and Nellie (Miller) Adams. On April 21, 1957, he married the former Barbara H. Dougal, who survives. Together, they shared over 65 years of marriage. Gary was a graduate of the former Hoaglin-Jackson High School. He was a lifetime farmer, a former Jackson Township Trustee and a Van Wert County Commissioner for 28 years. Gary was also a high school basketball official for over 28 years. Gary was a member of Zion Christian Union Church, Van Wert County, and later Trinity Friends Church, Van Wert. Gary had served on the board of directors of the Van Wert County Fair and WTLW/44, and was a member of the Ohio Harness Horsemen's Association.  He was a founding member of the gospel music group, Trinity, and in 2019, Gary was inducted into the Southern Gospel Music Hall of Fame. Surviving is his wife of over 65 years, Barbara H. Adams of Van Wert; a son, Jason (Amy) Adams of Van Wert; grandchildren, Ryanne (Steve) Bollenbacher, Adam (Morgan) Owens, Seth (Kylie) Owens, Emily (Joe) Piacentini, Nathan Adams, Reagan (Kyle) Thatcher, Chandler (Julia) Adams, Hunter Adams and Sierra Adams; great grandchildren, Kendall Bollenbacher, Lucas Bollenbacher, Brezlyn Owens, Elijah Owens, Grant Owens and Aubrey Piacentini; siblings, G. Kent Adams of Edon, Ohio, Karen (Larry) Clark of Van Wert and Kirk (Patti) Adams of Middle Point; a daughter in law, Mary Adams of Van Wert; and a son in law, Terry (Debbie) Owens of Ohio City. In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Owens; a son, Chris Adams; and a sister in law, Nancy Adams. Services will be held at 2:00 PM, on Sunday, March 12, 2023 at Trinity Friends Church, 605 N. Franklin St. Van Wert, OH 45891, with Dr. Roger Peugh, officiating. Interment will be in Ridge Cemetery, Middle Point, at a later date. Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00 PM on Saturday, March 11, 2023 at Trinity Friends Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Gary`s memory may be directed to Trinity Friends Church. To share in Gary's online memorial, please visit www.alspachgearhart.com. Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.

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