Gary Dean Marsh

Jun 19 1955
Jun 3 2023
67 Years
Parkesburg, PA

It is with great sadness to impart that Gary Dean Marsh, 67, of Parkesburg, PA, passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, June 3, 2023. He was the husband of the late Maxine Marsh who passed away in 1999. Born in Coatesville, PA, he was the son of the late Willard John and Janet Elaine Stackhouse Marsh.

Gary was a 1973 graduate of Octorara High School and Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology, and after college he worked as a printer at Colonial Printing in Lancaster. He then worked at Quebecor in Parkesburg and various other jobs in the area.

He was a lifelong member of the Parkesburg Presbyterian Church and often worked behind the scenes keeping the church in good, clean condition. Gary was a Boy Scout in Parkesburg Troop 135 where he attained the rank of Life Scout. Gary enjoyed his daily walks in and around Parkesburg and made many friends, furry and human, along his route. He also accomplished his mission of procuring a monument at the fire hall in memory of Ralph and Mary Hoover’s seven of eight children who perished in the worst house fire of Parkesburg history. Later in his life, Gary helped care for his father and mother, and because of his devotion, they were able to be life-long Parkesburg residents.

Gary was an athlete and enjoyed playing and watching all sports. He played in many softball leagues and tournaments, going on to win several league championships. His team, “Old Guys,” captured the SECA Co-ed title in Quarryville, 2005 and 2008. He enjoyed playing tennis and later in life played pickleball, and thanks to his natural athletic ability, he played the sport extremely well. Gary and his great friend, Howie Robbins, became regular pickleball players at Buchmiller Park in Lancaster, where they made many friends. They made even more pickleball friends when they joined an additional pickleball group in Parkesburg. Gary enjoyed watching all college sports, especially college football and softball, and he was Notre Dame's number one fan.

Gary, who lived most of his life in Parkesburg, came to know many of the residents. He enjoyed their company, chatting with them, and loved to joke with everyone he met. Gary had a big heart and was always ready and willing to help anyone in need. “I Got Your Back” was one of his favorite lines, and when someone told Gary to “Have a Good Day,” he always responded with “And You Have A Better One.” Gary was truly a kind-hearted, fun, one-of-a-kind character.

He is survived by his siblings, Timothy (Keyu Lu "Jade") Marsh of Parkesburg, and Sandra (Mark) Parcells of Lincoln University, and nieces, Nola, Ellie, Veronica and Anna, and nephew Jingxi Lu.

And Gary was grateful for his life-long friends, Howie Robbins, Billy Wilde, Walt Morris, and Buster (David) Denson.

Memorial services will be held on Friday, June 16, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. from the Wilde Funeral Home, Parkesburg, with visitation beginning at 10:00 a.m. until time of service. Interment will be private and at the convenience of the family. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Southern End Community Association (SECA), 299 Park Ave., Quarryville, PA 17566 or to Everybody Plays! c/o 707 7th Ave Parkesburg, PA 19365

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Wilde Funeral Home of Parkesburg, PA. Online condolence can be posted at



Service Date: 
Jun 16 2023 - 11:00am
Service Location: 
Wilde Funeral Home, Parkesburg PA


Dear Timmy, Sandy and Family-

I am heartbroken.  I absolutely loved Gary (G Man to many).  I so looked forward to my chats with Gary.  Nola - sending my love to you sweetie!

Gary will be missed by so many people.  Love you all and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.  Love - Lisa Wilde

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They don't make them like this guy any more. He was absolutely one of a kind. Will be missed by so many and was known by many as a nice guy. RIP Gman, I'm glad we crossed path in our lives. Sincerely John M. Peck

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What can I say that has not been already said about my first love. Timmy and Sandy my heart goes out to you and am sending big hugs. Gary was always there for me and we chatted and sent texts often. The way he was there and took care of his parents everyday just shows you how kind he was even though he complained sometimes he would do it all over again if he could. I will miss you Gary Dean.

Aka Babe

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RIP Gary. It was great to see you (and Howie) a couple weeks ago.  You guys were such a pleasure and good for a laugh💕

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Good bye G man. Grateful for all the laughs and joy you generously shared with me and all you happen to meet...thanks for being my one line guru. Such as "Does a wet suit ever get dry?" And "footed pajamas are best during a bedroom fire"...And a big thanks for all the new words you taught me...none of which are in the dictionary...l will be laughing for years..adios amigo...Howie

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To the entire Marsh family,

I am saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. What a kind and funny person he was. He was one of my favorite customers at Longenecker’s and CVS. Just a couple days ago, he was in the pharmacy joking with me as he always did. He had a way of making me laugh every time he walked through the door. I admired the way he took such great care of his parents. That showed what a great person he was.

Gary, you will be missed. I’ll think of you always and especially during my daughters basketball games in which you always gave me coaching advice to pass on to my kids ❤️

Rest in Peace Gary 




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Sure miss gary and his huge smile and wide eyes everytime I gave him homegrown tomatoes.  he loeved them.  I"ll miss him.  Eric

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Thank you Gary for always showing kindness to the bus drivers parked at Duie Pyle. We appreciated the Christmas cards, end of year cards, and your waves. We are heartbroken. To Gary's family, we will keep you all in our prayers, he will be missed.

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I was truly very saddened to hear of Gary’s passing…I had just played PB with him a few days earlier at Buchmiller Park…I had met Gary there a few years earlier and enjoyed his presence very much…ALWAYS a fun guy to be around! He will be missed!

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Although we grew up on the same block in Parkesburg, we just met this year playing Pickle ball and I am so glad I got a chance to meet Gary.  He was very kind and welcoming to new players, always willing to play with anyone. We enjoyed talking about the latest in Notre Dame sports. I expect a great season for ND Football with Gary routing for them from above. He will truly be missed by all at the PB courts. Sincere condolences and prayers to his family !

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You will be missed~~

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Our deepest condolences and prayers for comfort and healing to Gary's, or as his friends call him, G-man's, family, from your church family, First United Presbyterian Church Parkesburg.  Gary  is my friend.  He was a true believer in, and lover of, God.  Gary loved his family and his friends DEEPLY.  A more loyal friend you could not have.  His heart is as big as the sky and I know we all miss him.  He knew and befriended almost everyone in Parkesburg!  God works through people, and worked through Gary, connecting and bringing people together who otherwise, may never have met.  He has now met his Lord and Savior face-to-face and is basking in God's glory forever.  We love you, Gary, and we love your family.

Peace be with you!  "Downtown Pastor Brown"  (Gary's nickname - of course!)

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I’m still finding it hard to believe you’re gone! We literally grew up together in the Burg, spent many adventures together in Scouts, graduated together, and made a point, down through all these years, to season one another’s lives with plenty of laughter… gonna miss that for sure! Love ya brother ❤️

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Gary  I'll miss you always.. I went down on the train passed Parkesburg this week. I always made it a habit to look to see if you were walking around somewhere.  My condolences to your beautiful family.  

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