Obituary for Mr. Gary L. Havely

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Mr. Gary L. Havely

February 24, 1944 - May 30, 2018

Gary L. Havely, age 74, passed away all too soon on Wednesday morning, May 30, 2018 at his home in Nashville.

Gary was born on February 24, 1944 in Indianapolis to his parents, the late Walter G. and LaVerne (Hamilton) Havely. He was a 1962 graduate of Franklin Central High School in Indianapolis and attended Ball State University. Gary served as a Private First Class with the Company B 10th Engineering Battalion of the United States Army.

He retired in 2002 after a 32 year career in sales. Prior to that, he worked for Allison Transmission in Indianapolis for 8 years. After retirement, Gary mowed grass at the Salt Creek Golf Course in Nashville.

He was a 45 year member of St. Agnes Catholic Church in Nashville, where he served as a former Eucharistic Minister. Gary was also a very active 17 year member of the Brown County Lions Club, where he was in charge of collecting and recycling of glasses and hearing aids. Gary was also a former volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House in Indianapolis. He was a fan of the Indianapolis Colts, Indy 500 and NASCAR, with his favorite driver being Jeff Gordon. Gary enjoyed living in Brown County and caring for his yard. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Debra A. “Debbie” (Reimer) Havely, whom he married on June 8, 1968 in Indianapolis. Gary is also survived by his daughter, Mia Marie Havely; grandchildren, Jessica Rose Taylor, Gary M. Havely and Todd Jordan “T.J.” Jackson; siblings, Patti Bramlett, Peggy VanderVelde and Skip (Diane) Havely.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and a brother, Roderick Havely.

Father Bill Stumpf will conduct a Mass of Catholic Burial on Friday, June 15th at 1 p.m. at the St. Agnes Catholic Church, 1008 McLary Road in Nashville.  Visitation will be from 11 a.m. until service time on Friday at the Church. Services have been entrusted to Meredith-Clark Funeral Home Cremation & Personalization Center in Morgantown. Inurnment will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Nashville with military rites presented by the Brown County Honor Guard.

Memorial contributions may be sent in honor of Gary to the St. Agnes Catholic Church “Youth Group” 1008 McLary Road, Nashville, IN 47448.

Expression of caring and kindness can be made to the Havely family at

Information:  (812) 597-4670



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Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Time: 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

St. Agnes Catholic Church


1008 McLary Road, Nashville, IN, 47448

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Service Information

Date: Friday, June 15, 2018

Time: 1:00 pm

St. Agnes Catholic Church


1008 McLary Road, Nashville, IN, 47448

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Born: February 24, 1944
April 30, 2015
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Died: May 30, 2018

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Cathy Paradise posted on 6/7/18

In memory of Gary, Cathy Paradise lit a candle


Cathy Paradise posted on 6/7/18

I am so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. What a fine man he was. May God be there to help you through this difficult time. And all of your wonderful memories keep him always near.


Lua Aline posted on 6/7/18

Condolences to your family at this most difficult of times.


Kim Woods-Owens posted on 6/6/18

So sorry to hear of Gary's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. He was a good man!


Maurice imhoof posted on 6/5/18

I’m so sorry to hear of Gar’s death. Prayers for Debbie and the family.


Jim Rode posted on 6/5/18

Gary was a great friend, neighbor when we were kids growing up on Emerson ave. He was a member of the monthly "Liar's Club" at Bob Evans. Jim and Joe Rode, Joe Walters, Jim Tilson, Tony Elliott, Jerry Rode, and Bob Lewis will all miss his smile and stories of our growing up days. Gary was a special friend and we will miss him at our monthly breakfast.


Tami Schwenk posted on 6/4/18

Our deepest thoughts and prayers to each of the members of Gary’s beautiful family. As this week creeps by, please know you are all being prayed for daily! Gary was such a special man, always so calm and cool, no matter what the issue was. His warm smile and ever endearing hugs, that I had come accustomed to for the past 35 years, will be sadly missed... but I know he is in a place far better than with us. When I think of him now, I see him playing cards, greeting others with his sweet smile, giving hugs to his family and mowing that heavenly green grass he now calls home. We love you Gary! Peace and love always!


Dan Ford posted on 6/4/18

So sorry to hear of the passing of a classmate and a good friend. Gary always brought a smile to your face Many great memories of our high school days Love you my friend; will miss you. Prayers being said for Debbie and the entire Havely family


Dan Ford posted on 6/4/18

In memory of Gary, Dan Ford lit a candle


Marge (Pkummer) Bramer posted on 6/3/18

I was so sorry to learn of Gary's death. I was a classmate of Gary's at Franklin Central. Gary was always joyous and made others feel happier by his presence. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.


Larry & Carol Weir posted on 6/1/18

My sincere condolences to the Havely family. Gary was a friend and fellow Lion. The fellowship & volunteer hours spent working with Gary & Debbie will be treasured & remembered. I’m sure our Lord will welcome Gary with open arms as good volunteers & disciples of Christ are hard to find. We are born from God, we live with God, & we return to God. Love to all.


Mia havely posted on 6/1/18