Gary H. Compton

March 04, 1936 - April 27, 2018

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Tuesday, May 01, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Wednesday, May 02, 11:00 AM
Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel


Gary Hansel Compton, 82, of Kendallville died Friday, April 27, 2018, at 3:40 a.m. at Lutheran Life Villages, Kendallville.

He was born March 4, 1936, in Grundy, Virginia, to Bruce Allen Compton and Alice (Skeens) Compton Edwards.

Mr. Compton served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Korea.

On December 24, 1959, he married Birdie Mae Knox. She preceded him in death on February 26, 2017.

He had worked in the shipping department of Essex Wire. He was a member of the Helmer Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Gail (Larry) Cordial-Norton of Butler, Pam Branning of Albion, and Tammy (Vaughn) Halsey of Franklin, Tennessee; four sons, Greg (Karen) Cordial of Kendallville, Bruce (Della Pierce) Compton of Corunna, Duane Scott (Margaret) Compton of Kendallville, and Troy (Melinda) Compton of Kendallville; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren; a brother, Delbert L. (Marie) Compton; and two stepsisters, Sinda Jane (Edward) Galat and Diane (Barry) Shultz.

He was also preceded in death by a son, Gabriel Cordial; a daughter, Brenda (Knox) Conley; a son-in-law, Michael Branning; brothers and sisters, Geneveve L. Compton, Murl D. Compton, Earsel B. Compton, Ronnie E. Justice, and Phillip W. Justice; his stepmother, Edna Sybil (Jarvis) Compton; and stepbrothers and stepsisters, Robert Smith, Speed Smith, Margie Lewis, Ethel Lipscomb, Maeo Locklear, and William Smith.

Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 2, 2018, at 11 a.m. at Young Family Funeral Home, Kendallville Chapel, 222 South State Street, Kendallville with Pastor Willie Collins officiating. Burial will be in Lake View Cemetery, Kendallville.

Casketbearers will be his beloved grandchildren.

Honor guard services will be provided by the Veterans Honor Guard and the U.S. Army.

Visitation is Tuesday, May 1, 2018, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home.

Preferred memorials are to the Helmer Baptist Church or the Humane Society of Noble County.

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Debra Norton
April 30th, 2018 12:53pm

Gail, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and praying at this time. Love, Deb and Gary

April 30th, 2018 8:05am


Mike and Debbie Stroup
April 29th, 2018 8:53pm

Prayers for each one of you during your time of grief. May in time wonderful memories will fill your thoughts and days of your loved one for many years to come.

Cliff and Sandra Justice Early
April 29th, 2018 10:55am

My love and prayers to all of you.

Patti & Frank Stanley
April 29th, 2018 7:13am
9577 S. State Rd., Goodrich, M

Uncle Gary, You are one of the best, my memories go back to childhood, with picnics, dinners, Grandpa and Granny coming to Indiana to visit every summer with me in tow, the Train crossing in your backyard, cruising in your little town of Kendallville, fireworks at the lake on the 4th, and the best breakfasts ever made for a gaggle of kids by beloved Aunt Bertha... Oh how my heart grieves, I love you! But in your own words, "Patti, if I'm not here, you know I am with Jesus... So don't worry, there is no better place to be!"

Melissa Mervenne
April 29th, 2018 5:31am
Grand Rapids, MI

I'm so sorry for your loss. I'll always remember Uncle Gary from when I was a kid. He was the kindest most generous person. I would walk there with Grandma and Grandpa Hicks for a visit and always looked forward to seeing him and Aunt Bookie.