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Mr. Gary J. DarlingGary J. Darling, 69, of Lancaster, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family Saturday, April 27, 2013 at the Pickering House. Gary was born May 7, 1943 in Lancaster and was the son of the late Raymond and Anna (Starwesky) Darling. He was a member of Emanuel Lutheran Church and a retired draftsman for Lucent Technologies. Gary was a 4th degree black belt and Sensei for 45 years. He was an instructor for Lancaster Karate at the YMCA. He was also a member of Pickaway County Sportsman Club and former Hocking Twp. Zoning Inspector. He was involved with many of the coyote drives held in Amanda and Salt Creek Townships.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Marilyn (Arledge) Darling; children, Todd (Mary Jo) Darling of Minnesota, Brandon (Michelle) Seymour of Columbus and Shannan (Josh) Hill of Amanda; grandchildren, Michael Geletzke, Haley and Hayden Darling and Madison Hill; sister, Pamela (Marvin) Karshner of Lancaster and a nephew, Jon Karshner.
Funeral services will be held 11:00 a.m. Thursday at the TAYLOR FUNERAL HOME with Rev. John Michles officiating. Burial will be in Floral Hills Memory Gardens, Lancaster. Friends may call from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family would like to thank the Karate class for their continued support and Fairhope hospice for the excellent care of Gary during his illness.
The family would like contributions to be made to Fairhope Hospice in Gary's memory.
A quote that would best describe Gary's life is "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but the moments that take our breath away"
Phillip and I were very sad to hear about Gary's passing. I especially enjoyed working with him over the years at AT&T/Lucent. You're in our thoughts and prayers.
Kelley Purkey Vacheron
Kelley Purkey Vacheron - April 29, 2013 at 11:05 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Gary was a wonderful person and I am glad to have known him. My prayers are with Marilyn and the family.
Kevin Darling - April 29, 2013 at 10:49 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
shannon, so sorry to hear of your loss
janie friend - April 30, 2013 at 10:46 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
i'm so sorry to read of your husband's passing. May God give you strength and his blessings.
Connie Kempton Capuano
Connie Kempton Capuano - April 30, 2013 at 08:37 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
We are sending our sincere condolences to Marilyn, and the rest of the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Tim and Jan Kerwood - April 30, 2013 at 04:20 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I was very saddened to hear of Gary's illness and passing. He was a great family friend and role model. Condolences to Marilyn and Family. RIP.
Dan & Lisa Lejman
Daniel Lejman - April 30, 2013 at 10:09 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
I met Gary in 1976 when Western Electric, the company I worked for, transferred me from Chicago to Columbus. He sat behind me in our office. We became friends when we realized we had the same interests in the shooting sports and hunting.
Gary was president of our gun club at work. We shot in bullseye matches at the Olentangy range and at the Columbus police academy. Gary later became match director at Pickaway County Sportsmen Club for our silhouette division. We shot those matches once a month from April to October.
Gary was my best man and Marilyn was my wife Lu's maid of honor at our wedding in 1977. They also were there 25 years later when Lu and I renewed our vows and celebrated our anniversary.
I always looked forward to Fall when the temperature got cooler and the leaves started to turn colors. This was the time Gary and I began our hunting season. We hunted squirrels, rabbits and deer. Gary was with me when I got my first deer and I was with him when he got his last deer, which happen to be the biggest buck he ever shot. I always felt I should get credit for that buck because I did all the work chasing it to him and all he did was shoot it. Just kidding Gary.
It was never about getting squirrels or rabbits or deer. It was about spending time with each other and enjoying God's gifts of beauty in the woods and fields.
There will be a big void in my life now that Gary is gone. Gary was my hunting partner and my best friend and I will miss him very much.
Jim Lejman - April 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
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Jim Lejman - April 30, 2013 at 01:19 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
Lit a candle in memory of Mr. Gary J. Darling
Jeff Henderly and Family - April 30, 2013 at 11:27 AM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM
My condolences to Marilyn and family. May God be with you in these hard times.
Lu lejman - April 30, 2013 at 05:45 PM Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM