The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

April 19, 2014

Garlin M. Gossar

The Commercial-News

---- — DANVILLE — Garlin M. Gossar, 59, of Danville, passed away on April 17, 2014.

He was born Jan. 19, 1955, in Danville, the son of Garlin and Vernice (Dalton) Gossar.

He is survived by his brothers, Gary and Kevin of Danville, Barry (Teresa) of Westville and Mike (Angie) of Seymour, Ind.; his sisters, Leona Halstead of Danville, Carrie Ping of Perrysville, Ind., and Janice (Bud) Johnson of Lodi, Ind.; many cousins, nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; friends, Jack and Pam Hardy, Ray and Janet Ragle and many, many more.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Garlin and Vernice Gossar; his brother William “Bill” Gossar; his sister Judith “Judy” Snow; and brothers-in-law Raymond Halstead and John Snow; several aunts, uncles and cousins.

Garlin graduated from Danville High School in 1973. He had been employed at Central State Distributing for many years as a fork-lift operator. He was a member of Hooton Church of Christ and attended South Side Church of Christ.

He liked sports, especially any that any family member was in. He went to a lot of their games. He was a Jeff Gordon fan and liked watching NASCAR. He was a Dallas Cowboys fan as well as a Chicago Cubs fan.

He enjoyed gardening and giving produce to his family and friends. He even would can some of his own vegetables. He also found joy in helping people. Garlin was known as the “Candy Man” at church. He started his ministry several years ago in memory of a dear friend, Luke Kinney. At the close of a worship service he would be standing at the door with a grin on his face holding his tote of various candy bars. If he knew you liked a special kind he would do his very best to get it for you. And if he wasn’t there, he would find someone to do this for him.

Above all else, Garlin loved his family, and he will be sorely missed by anyone who was fortunate enough to have known him.

A celebration of Garlin’s life will begin at 10 a.m. Monday, April 21, at South Side Church of Christ, with Evangelist Kevin Ziegler officiating. A visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Sunday, April 20, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, A Life Celebration Home in Danville.

Memorial donations may be made in Garlin’s name to South Side Church of Christ. Please join the Gossar family in sharing memories, pictures and videos of Garlin’s life on his Tribute Wall at

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