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St. Richard Catholic Church
Saturday November 24th, 2018
10:00am - 12:00pm

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Weigel Funeral Home ~ Swanton
Saturday November 24th, 2018

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Gary L. Sharples

Gary L. Sharples 77, died Sunday evening, November 18, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital. 

Gary worked in the railroad and in the trucking industry for many years and retired from the trucking industry. Gary was also a very talented musician and a gifted pianist and performed professionally for many years. Gary played and performed music all over the country and also around his hometown area of Swanton and the Toledo area. Gary also lived in the Oak Openings region and loved the outdoors and hiking. 

Gary is survived by his four children and their three spouses, Carol Sue (James P.) Wuest, Jody Lynn (Howard) Miller, Gary Michael (Ruth) Sharples) and Jennifer Nicole Sharples-Redford. Gary also leaves behind ten grandchildren, Eli Wuest, Samuel (Carrie) Wuest, Wyatt and Staci Lynne & Nicolette Wuest, Jakob La Beau, Summer and Jayme Miller, Blake Sharples and Kylee Feigenbaum; his only great-grandchild, Jayde Caralyn Wuest and his younger brother, James Sharples and his wife Judy who reside in Ft. Worth Texas along with their family. It must be said that Blake and Kylie were especially attentive to their grandfather and looked out for his needs, as they also lived and cared for him lovingly. 

Gary is preceded in death by his wife, Rita Edmunds Sharples who passed away in 2013. Also preceding him in death are his parents, Ross and Veryl Sharples, and two of his younger brothers, Christopher and Jeff Sharples.

Friends may call from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, November 24th, with a service immediately following at 12:00 p.m. (Noon) at Weigel Funeral Home, 204 Chestnut St. in Swanton (419.826.2631).  Interment will follow at East Swanton Cemetery. 

Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.

Onine expressions of sympathy may be made at www.weigelfuneralhomes.com


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I met you when you were with the band with John Maynard, who I lived with for eight years, Mike Yeager and Mark and we traveled through out Ohio and Michigan as I got to sing many times with you playing. Was the best of times. God has gained a great person in you. Thanks for the memories. Carol Householder Falkey

Carol Householder Falkey Nov 25 2018 12:00 AM

I met you through the Noe, Mark and I witnessed a porch practice, James Gang and you "Walked This Way" ! After that I was always looking for when you and the boys had a gig. All of you were the best ! Enjoy God's Blessings, "Funk 49" to you and be now on still waters, forevermore ! God Bless, Amen !
Rex A. Druckenmiller

Rex A. Druckenmiller Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

Jody, Carol, Jen and family. I remember all the fun times we had chasing to listen to your dad and his band play. He always welcomed us then and into his home. He will be missed. God Bless and with much love

Robin Ritter and family Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

Sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our condolences to the family and we will keepyour family in our prayers.
Your cousin, Terry & Mandy O'Connor

Terry & Mandy O'Connor Nov 24 2018 12:00 AM

A The Color of Memories Table Arrangement was ordered on November 23, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 23 2018 12:00 AM

Pappy as a friend fellow musician thank you for the great times on the road playing with nuthin fancy we had so much fun playing, music together you myself Jim,Mark,Dewey. You taught me what it meant to be a pro musician I will always remember the story of the time in Gillette Wyoming and being in the union. Jesus just gained a great man and player for his band. Pete Sticks Cousino

Pete Cousino Nov 22 2018 12:00 AM

So sorry for your loss! I know you will miss him! Rest In Peace Gary!! We were blessed to have 3 beautiful children together!! With lots of wonderful memories!

Sherry Presti Nov 22 2018 12:00 AM

Pappy :
What a great guy to this day when I talk about my keyboard player Im talking about Garry
I love the time we played together and the bands we were in riding home from the gig's 3:00 AM in the old chevy van talking about life
Pappy helped me with so many of lives hard times and he never gave up on me ( Thanks Brother ) for being there
He and Leroy Wallace dragged me up out the Mud to get me playing out in the clubs back in the day ( that was a Pappy quote ) LOL
I will miss you My friend
We will jam again soon...

Kerry Leonard ( Lennie ) Nov 21 2018 12:00 AM

An A Garden Path was ordered on November 21, 2018

Expression of Sympathy Nov 21 2018 12:00 AM

Jody and Carol and Family. So sorry for your loss. Sending prayers for all, Heaven gained another angel. Soar High Gary.

Bonnie and Ron Holdeman Nov 20 2018 12:00 AM

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