Gary L. Eltzroth, Sr., 70

Gary L. Eltzroth, Sr., 70, of rural Wabash, went to be with his Lord and Savior at 2:05 p.m., Saturday, March 4, 2017, at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, surrounded by his family. 

He was born Nov. 27, 1946, in Marion, to Ernest and Alma (Leming) Eltzroth.

Gary was a 1964 graduate of Southwood High School and was on the first football team.  He married Gloria Henderson at the LaFontaine United Methodist Church on Sept. 4, 1965.  Gary retired from Dana Corporation in Marion after 38 years.  He was a former Gasser NHRA drag racer, former owner of Eltzroth Automotive and Speed Shop, Avid muscle car builder, and loved to show off his hot rods.  He was very active and belonged to several organizations including, The Street Cars Unlimited, Rolling Thunder car clubs, Converse Flying Eagles, Mississinewa Sky Hawks RC club, Wabash Bass Casters, Thursday Morning Old Croonies Breakfast Club, Wabash Gun Club, and the American Legion Post 15. 

Gary enjoyed fishing bass tournaments, watching NASCAR, NHRA drag racing, NFL football, and his grandchildren playing sports.  He also enjoyed collecting World War II memorabilia, diecast collectibles, camping, going to the lakes, and spending time with his friends and family.   

He is survived by his wife, Gloria Eltzroth of Wabash; three children, Gary (Gina) Eltzroth, Jr of Marion, Geanelle Page of LaFontaine, and Gretchen (Scott) Simpson of Wabash; 11 grandchildren; brother, Bill (Barbara) Eltzroth of Bellingham, Mass.; his kidney donor, Sherry (Dave) Jones of Sturgis, Michigan, and was "Uncle Monkey" to his many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his parents and his granddaughter, Mindy Owens.

There will be a memorial service at 6 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017 at Wabash Chapel Church of God, 1463 Middle Street, Wabash with Steven Henderson officiating. There will be a Celebration of Gary's life from 2-6 p.m. Friday at the church. 

Arrangements by Grandstaff-Hentgen Funeral Service, Wabash.

Preferred memorial is Kidney Transplant Foundation.

The memorial guest book for Gary may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Mar 07