Brian L. Pancake, 60, of Van Wert passed away at 5:35 PM on March 15, 2022 at Van Wert Health. He was born on November 27, 1961, in Van Wert, to the late Herbert F. and Donna L. (Buerkley) Pancake. On May 07, 1989, he married the love of his life, Marcia Marie Miller. Together, they shared years of memories.
Brian was a motorcycle enthusiast and would be found out riding his motorcycle, even when it might be too cold to do so. A quintessential rock 'n' roller, he loved the rock music of the 70's and 80's and was proud of his long hair. He was a chevy guy who enjoyed driving his chevy truck and was also a NHRA drag racing fan. But of all of Brian's interests, spending time with his grandkids and attending their sporting events were his most treasured times.
Brian currently worked as a machinist for GT Technologies in Defiance.
Surviving are his wife, Marcia of Van Wert; son, Dana (Lindsay) Coyne of Van Wert; daughters: Shannon (Michael) Lewis of St. Marys; Kaitlin (Dylan) Esmonde of Lima; brother, Douglas Pancake; sister, Pamela Showalter, both of Eubank, KY; sister-in-law, Cindy Miller; brother-in-law, Gary (Deb) Miller, all of Van Wert; grandchildren: Brandon (Courtney) Smart, Kaleb Coyne, Nevada Coyne, Kaile Lewis, Maddie Boroff, Xander Boroff, Mason Lewis, Brianna Esmonde, Aaliyah Reynolds, Layla Esmonde and Dawson Esmonde.
In addition to his parents, Brian was preceded in death by his mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and Earl Miller; brothers-in-law: Mark Showalter, Bill Miller, Jim Miller, Ron Miller, Mike Miller, Marvin Miller; sisters-in-law: Pat Mason and Mary Miller.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, March 19, 2022 at Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home 722 S. Washington St. Van Wert, OH 45891 with Pastor Tony Schmehl, officiating.
Family and friends will be received two hours prior to the service, on Saturday, from 1 to 3 PM at the funeral home.
In keeping with Brian's personality, the family requests that guests wear a band tee-shirt, dress casually or come as you are.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions in Brian`s memory may be sent to Portal 2:20 Teen Center, http://portal220teencenter.weebly.com/
To share in Brian's online memorial, please visit firstname.lastname@example.org.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Alspach-Gearhart Funeral Home & Crematory, 722 S Washington Street, Van Wert, OH 45891.