MOUNT VERNON — Ralph “Gary” Dement, known mostly as FATBOY during the bulk of his life, was most recently known as Uncle “G,” passed away Thursday evening, June 10, 2010, at 8:38 p.m. (as close to Aces & 8’s, as he could get) at Riverside Hospital after years battling cancer.
The first son of Harry Dement and Verda (Gossett) Dement, was born on the bank of the Ohio River between Ironton, Ohio, and Huntington, W.Va., on July 7, 1936. He was preceded in death by, (Father) Harry “Short” Dement, (Niece) Misty Dawn Silliman, (Brother) Lloyd “Buz” Dement, and (Sister) Connie Jo Silliman.
He is survived by (Mother) Verda Van Winkle, (Nephew) M. Shawn (Julie) Dennis, and (Great Niece) Bridget Dennis, and (Great Nephews) Alex, Nick and Dalton Dennis, and James “Jay” Dement.
Gary enjoyed nearly 74 years with his family, spending much of the last two decades chasing after all the sporting, and other events of his niece and nephews. He was an avid sports fan, and enjoyed telling anyone who would listen about the skills and futures ahead for his niece and nephews. He spent most of his life in Mount Vernon but was never known to have met a stranger. Over the years, Gary worked at Cooper’s, Lamb Glass, and most recently, before retiring, at MOTA. Gary honorably served his country in the Army, and he was a member of many clubs including the Moose, Elks and Eagles. During his life, he enjoyed frequent visits to Las Vegas, playing (tight) poker with his friends, betting the horses, and anything else that might have generated odds. A good man, he quit school to help take care of his baby sister, and had special relationships with many over the years, maintaining loyal friendships (some for more than 60 years) including the likes of the Adam’s Family (Abe, Joe, Darcy, Jean, etc., once marrying their baby sister Betty Mars leading to a special place in hearts of Debbie Lynn and Dee Dee), as well as, with lifelong friends including, Bud Rohler, Wayne Ross and Paul Emberwine.
Together with many others considered “real” friends, he also left behind long-time girl friend, Donna Umbaugh, who wonderfully cared for and comforted Gary to his last hours. He will be missed greatly by many more.
Friends may call Monday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home, 619 E. High St., Mount Vernon, OH 43050, where a funeral service will be held on Monday at 7:30 p.m.
This obituary and guest registry are online at www.snyderfuneralhomes.com.
The Flowers-Snyder Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Ralph “Gary” Dement.