The man. The myth. The legend. Gary Lee Wilcoxon, aka Denim Dan, took fashion cues from no one. He valued comfort in his knee-high socks, denim jeans, fishing hat and quick-witted Ts.
He loved fishing and hunting, biscuits and gravy, anything fried, salt, bird watching and gardening. Not necessarily in that order.
He hated being out-fished and out-bowled (especially by his surviving ex-wife and best friend, Paula Wilcoxon).
All jokes aside, Gary battled many demons throughout his life and ultimately was able to overcome them in the end. In recent years, he dedicated much of his time to better understanding his illnesses with the help of his friends at the Logan County Recovery Zone and at his local church. He found solace in reading his Bible and spending quality time with loved ones.
Mr. Wilcoxon, 65, of Bellefontaine, passed away at OSU Wexner Medical Center on Sunday, May 14, 2017.
He is survived by his best friend, Paula Wilcoxon; his children, Bill (Stacy) Wilcoxon, Buddy Wilcoxon, Jeremy Wilcoxon and Aimee (Jack) Erwin; his siblings, Loretta (Denny) Kramer, Linda (Fred) Davis, Cindy (Terry) Predmore, Phillip Wilcoxon and Marvin (Peggy) Wilcoxon; his grandkids, Ashley Wilcoxon, Shane Wilcoxon, Chase Wilcoxon, Max Wilcoxon, Savanah Wilcoxon, Sydney Erwin, Brooke McCormack, Kaitlyn Erwin and Abby Erwin.
Visiting hours are from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19, followed by the funeral service at First Church of God, 1000 E. Brown Ave., Bellefontaine, where Pastor Gary Brown will officiate. Burial is in Highland Cemetery, 5591 S. U.S. Route 68, West Liberty, followed by a meal at the First Church of God.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations in Gary Wilcoxon’s name be made to the Logan County Recovery Zone at www.paypal.me/RecoveryZone.