Gary Ronald Graham, age 84, of Wooster, passed away at LifeCare Hospice on Friday, March
Gary was born on August 12, 1936 in Monroe County, Ohio. Gary attended Woodsfield High
School where he met his wife, Glenna Joy Steele.
Gary developed his strong work ethic at a young age while working in the oil fields, among
many other jobs. He began his career at Rubbermaid, Inc. in 1961 and advanced to Area
Manager before retiring after 36 years.
Gary had many talents – there wasn’t a mechanical or electrical problem he couldn’t solve and
evidence of his ingenuity could be found not only in projects around the house but also at his
job. In his earlier years he built and raced stock cars and enjoyed hunting and fishing. In later
years he used his gifts to restore vintage cars. His favorite restoration was a 1952 Buick Special
Hardtop, which was the same make and model of the first car he and Glenna Joy owned. The
Buick was a show-stopper and won many awards at car shows across the state.
Gary loved to devote his time to helping his children, friends and church family. He made friends
wherever he went and touched many peoples’ lives. Gary was a wonderful dad and grandpa,
and his family will miss him dearly.
Surviving are his four children, Gina (Tim) Smith of Medina, Julie (Jim) Bacon of Virginia, Gary
(Cristy) Graham of Florida and Jodi (Paul) Pacek of Wooster; five grandchildren, Michelle Most,
Mackenzie Graham, Adam Bacon, Tyler Sims and Emily Pacek; and his companion, Charlene
He was preceded in death by Glenna Joy, his wife of 58 years, his parents, brothers and sisters.
Due to the ongoing pandemic, a private graveside service will be held and burial will take place
at Smithville Cemetery.
The family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to Dr. Paul Masci and his staff and to the
wonderful team at LifeCare Hospice who helped us all on this journey.
Memorials may be made to LifeCare Hospice, 1900 Akron Road, Wooster, OH 44691 or St.
Paul Lutheran Church, 777 South Summit St., Smithville, OH 44677
Auble Funeral Home in Orrville is handling the arrangements. Online registry and expressions of condolence may be made at http://www.aublefh.com