Gary Stephen Maggart, 70, of rural South Whitley, died Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at his home.
He was born Aug. 20, 1947, in Wolf Lake, a son of the late Gerald and Virginia (Jones) Maggart. His formative years were spent in the Larwill area. He graduated from Larwill High School in 1965.
On Jan. 13, 1967, he entered the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1968.
On Jan. 9, 1971, he was united in marriage to Sally J. Fisher. They made their first home in Columbia City. In 1976, they moved to their current home in rural South Whitley.
A career-long long-haul truck driver, he was an owner-operator for more than 20 years and finished his career with TFE/Dana, Columbia City where he retired in 2010.
He was passionate about his draft horses. He enjoyed carpentry work around his home, as well as farming and fishing and always had time for his grandchildren. Known to his neighbors by his orange Kobota utility vehicle, he would often make visits and help with their farm chores.
He was a member of Due Guard Lodge 278 F. & A.M., Larwill, the Scottish Rite Valley, Fort Wayne and the Mizpah Shrine.
He is survived by his wife, Sally; sons: Matt D. (Bria) Maggart and Dane S. Maggart, both of Columbia City; a daughter: Jaclyn R. (Ryan) Moore, Kailua, Hawaii; grandchildren: Tyler, Landon, Kyle, Jack and Henry Maggart, all of Columbia City, and Madeline and Mackenzie Moore of Kailua; a brother: Dean Maggart, Fort Wayne and four sisters: Vicky (Budd) Darr, Larwill, Sharon (Robert) Brase, Fort Wayne, Carol (Richard) Long, Warsaw and Kathy (Joe) Derheimer, Bloomfield.
Additionally, he was preceded in death by a son, Jacob G. Maggart.
The funeral service is 10 a.m. Tuesday at Smith & Sons Funeral Home, Columbia City. Burial is in the Eel River Cemetery. Visitation is Monday from 2 to 4 and 6 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home with a Masonic Service at 8 p.m.
Preferred memorials are to Shiners Children’s Hospital.