Gary Lynn Tribolet
Gary Lynn Tribolet

Gary Lynn Tribolet, 68, died peacefully at 1:55 a.m. July 17, 2014, at his home. Beside him was his loving wife of 43 years, Eunice (McKinney) Tribolet, and children, Travis Tribolet of Van Wert and Trena (David) Puckett of Antwerp, and grandchildren, Kimberly, Kelsie, and David Puckett.

Gary was born May 13, 1946, in Van Wert, to the late Chester and Marcile (McCollum) Tribolet.

He is survived also by his sisters: Patty Klewer and Nancy (Bill) Evans, sister-in-law: Barb Tribolet, all of Van Wert, and brother-in-law: Stephen (Marsha) McKinney of Indianapolis, Indiana, sister-in-law: Sandy (Carl) Wagner of Forest City, Iowa, and Ginger (Linda Markward) McKinney of Van Wert. Several nieces and nephews also survive.


Preceding him death were not only his parents but brother: Jack Tribolet and brother-in-law: Rudy Klewer.

Gary was a man of few words but his actions spoke for him. Gary loved our Lord and served and gave quietly in many ways. In his youth he loved to race and was known as ‘The Red Light Kid’ racing his ’69 442 locally and surrounding circuit. He was an avid NASCAR fan and favorite driver #48. Gary also loved auctions and going to Porters in Grover Hill #311.

In recent years he has best been known for sitting on his front porch waving to everyone. Also, going to Orchard Tree to harass the waitresses with buddies in crime Dean Pontius and Gary Bowman. Gary’s heart was big and giving to others but never so more than for his three grandchildren. Gary worked for over 30 years at Aeroquip, retiring in 2001.

Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Monday, July 21, 2014, at Brickner Funeral Home with Pastor Tim Owens officiating. Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery. Friends may call from 4 - 8 p.m. Sunday, July 20 at the funeral home and one hour prior to services on Monday.

In lieu of flowers, “Hug those that love you, Serve our Lord, and give however you can.”

Condolences may be left on the website, www.bricknerfuneralhome.com or sent to bricknerfuneralhome@bright.net.