Gary L. Fogle
Gary L. Fogle
  • January 5, 1938 - November 26, 2016
  • Dayton, Ohio

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Gary Lee Fogle, 78, of Dayton Ohio and Titusville Florida, passed away Nov 26, 2016 in his home in Dayton. Gary is survived by his beloved wife Mary Fogle, his son Steve Fogle, his daughters Helen Fogle, Katrina Yancey, and Lesley Ann Fogle Hondroulis, and his grandchildren Matthew Yancey, Steven Fogle, and Emma Yancey, and his stepchildren Susan Baker, Lisa Howell and Jeff Casto. Gary outlived his parents, Laverne Louise Hankins and Martin Howard Fogle, and his brother Martin (Marty) Fogle. Gary was the grandson of John Thomas Fogle, great-grandson of Joseph (Josia) Fogle, great-great-grandson of Balsar Fogle, great-great-great-grandson of Joseph Balthsar Fogle, great-great-great-great-grandson of Andrew (Andreas) Fogle, and great-great-great-great-great-grandson of Balthasar Vogler.

Gary grew up in Dayton, Ohio where he graduated from Wilbur Wright High School class of 1956. He received his undergraduate degree at Cedar Sate University and his Masters in Mathematics from Wright State University. Gary worked at Wright Patt Air Force Base for over 30 years as an avionics engineer on various projects including the F-16, F-15, F-117, F-122 fighter jets, and the C-5, C-130J, and KC-135 aircrafts.
Nature, the natural environment, and wildlife were of great importance to Gary. He donated his money and his time to nature and immersed his family in the same. He kept a backyard with many species of extinct trees and collected rocks he brought back from various trips to greenspaces around the country.
Gary enjoyed quantum physics, state routes, national parks, comparative mythology, history, culture, crossword puzzles, and coffee. Gary actively pursued knowledge and was able to details such as places, names, dates, techniques, and functions on most topics. He said, "If no learning takes place, read Darwin's works to know what awaits."

Gary was a marathon runner who later started logging his runs and tallied out at 21,000 miles. Later in life, Gary took virtual bike rides where he would ride through area greenspaces while logging the miles and the destinations to the Arctic Circle and back. Then he'd start another trip to the Florida Keys. He'd update his family about each trip.

Gary believed in taking care of things and had a wonderful habit of fixing things for people he loved. He had an unwavering policy of prevention, maintenance, and safety. All of his kids and his wife have had him bring tools and pitch in to repair, renovate, and even build rooms. And we all remember how well he took care of his mom, visiting her every day throughout her life and taking care of her needs.
A fond memory that pinpoints his being was when he saw glass shattered on the sidewalk and he pulled over his car to clean it up so that the neighborhood kids would not get hurt. He did things like that a lot, taking responsibility for cleaning up the world.
Gary was hardworking, honest, and kept a clean conscience. His appreciation of life was often heard with in him saying, "Life is good." He left us too soon but made a profound impact on many lives. Such a connection with the world cannot completely go away. One way to honor his memory is to follow his his example and his advice, to "know one has to try harder to get better."

The Service for Gary Fogle will be held Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 at Tobias Funeral Home, 675 West Wenger Rd, Englewood, OH, 45322. Reception starts at 10am followed by a service at 11am.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Titusville SPCA where Gary and Mary voulnteered to care for the animals: