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Gary Eugene Counts

Gary Eugene Counts, 62, of Piqua, passed away at 7:15 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at his home.

He was born in Sidney on Jan. 13, 1950, a son of the late Wayne E. and Clarabelle Denney Counts. He also was preceded in death by one brother, Douglas W. Counts.

On Nov. 12, 1968, he married Mary Katheryn Scott, who survives, along with five children, Dawn (Darren) Pence and Tracy (Charles) Forman, both of Sidney, Bradley (Briana) Counts of Jacksonville, N.C., Matthew Counts of Piqua and Danielle (Derek) Scherer of Sidney; stepmother, Norma (Zweister) Middleton of Sidney; three siblings, Gloria (Rick) Scherer of Sidney, Dennis Counts of New Mexico and David (Shelley) Counts of Nevada; and 11 grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Samantha Forman, Elexis, Aliyah, McKenzie and Quinten Counts, Arianna and Benjamin Counts, and Jaret, Trenton and Logan Scherer.

A 1969 graduate of Riverside High School, he retired after 33 years as an over-the-road truck driver.

He will be sadly missed by his family and friends, and his faithful companion, Gizmo, his Pekingese, who was always by his side. He loved spending time with his family and enjoyed his grandchildren very much.

He was an avid football fan who loved watching the Oregon Ducks and Green Bay Packers. He also enjoyed bird watching and tinkering around in his barn.

In keeping with his wishes, his body will be cremated. Pastor Chad Wilson officiates a memorial service at 7 p.m. today in Cromes Funeral Home & Crematory, 302 S. Main Ave., Sidney.

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