May 4, 2019
Gary Mel Pelini 70, of Saint Paris, passed away at home on Saturday, May 4th.
Gary was born on June 14, 1948 in Peoria, Illinois to the late Merabello and Eleanora (Schott) Pelini. On May 24, 1997 he married the love of his life Deborah (Stump) Pelini who survives along with his children: Daughter Karina Krebs, Son Gary Mel (Jessica) Pelini II, Step-daughters Brandi (Tim) Diehl and Danielle McAlexander, Grandchildren Joshua Johnson, Kaitlyn (Matt) Glass, Hailey Gold, Zachary Gold, Austin Diehl, Noah Krebs, Jayna Pelini, Ethan Diehl, Jakob Krebs, Gabe Krebs, Hailey Noland, Riley McAlexander, Calli Diehl, Kiernan Yorkie, Bentley McAlexander, and Rowan Yorkie, Great Grandchildren Adilynn Bell, Axston Baker, Lily Baker, Cecilia Glass and Weston Baker, Mother-in-laws Nancy Elliott and Geraldine Stump, Brother-in-laws Chuck (Kristi) Stump and Galen (Trudy) Stump, Sister-in-law Peggy Wooddell, and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Gary served his country for 6 years in the United States Navy on Diesel Submarines, the USS Entemedor and the USS Dolphin. He also served on the Chillicothe, Illinois police force and worked in maintenance at Caterpillar in Peoria, Illinois. He retired from Honda of America after 20 yrs of service in maintenance, where he developed their Equipment Service Training Center.
Gary was a man of many talents who loved to help everyone. After retirement, he became interested in hunting and was a trustee at the Shelby County Deer Association.
Gary will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He had a great sense of humor and enjoyed spending time with those close to him.
Condolences may be expressed to the family, but Gary will be cremated with no services, per his request. The family would like to thank Hospice of Dayton for their excellent care.
Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of Dayton or the Shelby County Deer Association.
Services are entrusted to VERNON FUNERAL HOME, Urbana, Ohio.