Gary C. Streng

Jun 10, 1942 - Aug 29, 2013

Gary C. Streng, 71, residing in Milan, passed away Thursday afternoon, Aug. 29, 2013, in Firelands Regional Medical Center after an unexpected illness.

Gary was born June 10, 1942, in Sandusky, son of the late Carl and Betty (Lawrence) Streng. Gary was a 1960 graduate of Sandusky High School. He was a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps proudly serving his country during the Vietnam War while stationed in Cuba. He retired from Schlessman Seed Company in 2006 after 40 years of service as warehouse foreman.
Gary was a member of Milan Methodist Church, Sandusky AMVETS Post 17 and the Amateur Softball Association of America. He enjoyed all sports, but his favorite was softball. His passion was evident by his 50 years of playing, coaching and umpiring the sport. He also enjoyed playing Texas hold'em, and spending time with his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife, Karen (Wood) Streng, whom he married Aug. 24, 1968. He is also survived by his daughter, Tricia (Dan) Samuel, of Norwalk; son, Brad (Deb) Streng, of Sandusky; three grandchildren, Kaydee Streng, Garrick Horton and Aliceon Klotz; great-granddaughter, Karleigh Klotz; sister, Sandy (Chuck) Showalter, of Sandusky; brother, Jeff (Mel) Streng, of Sandusky; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

Friends may call 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 4, at Groff Funeral Homes & Crematory, 1607 E. Perkins Ave., Sandusky, where funeral services will be at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 5. Pastor Doug Lang, of New London Alliance Church, will preside. Burial will follow in Meadow Green Memorial Park, Huron.
Those wishing to contribute to Gary's memory may do so to the Cleveland Eye Bank, 6700 Euclid Ave., Suite 101, Cleveland, OH 44103 or Victory Kitchen, 1613 Hayes Ave., Sandusky, OH 44870.
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Gary was an inspiration to so many young lives. Our daughter, Sarah, had him as a softball coach as well as an "ALWAYS FAIR" safe, and caring umpire while involved in girls' softball. His positive words of encouragement and sunny humor always made an impact on each girl. My husband had the pleasure of working with Gary in the league and held him in the highest regard. We always saw Gary and Karen supporting friends and family at Perkins Events WAY beyond their years as parents involved in the program. You will be missed by all. Linda and Jeff Kerst, Sarah and Leeann.