Gary Allen Clevidence from Loudonville, Ohio, aged 71, passed away Wednesday, February 17, 2021
at Wooster Comunity Hospital from Covid related illnesses. Gary was born in Lodi, Ohio September
21, 1949 to Lester and Jenny Bell (Franks) Lang. After his father’s death, his mother married Robert
Clevidence, and Gary changed his last name to Clevidence. On January 1, 1970 Gary married Paula
Bartley in Ashland, Ohio, who survives. Early in his career, Gary was a butcher, car mechanic, and
worked in several Ashland factories, retiring from Hospira in 2005 with 36+ years. Numerous
friendships were formed through Gary’s owner/operator trucking business. His favorite past times
were browsing truck and tractor sale catalogues, talking with friends, and attending livestock sales.
Gary loved Jesus first and foremost. He loved to tell people about the Lord. Gary was interested in the
Lang family genealogy. In the past he raced motorcyles, worked on classic muscle cars, and helped
other farmers with their crops. He totally enjoyed his farm; the John Deere tractors, cattle, horses, and
the Dodge Ram with a Cummins Diesel motor. Gary spent a lot of time bragging on his grandchildren.
He is survived by daughters, Michelle (Daniel) Persinger of Copley, Anna (Bradrick) Coker of
Phoenix, Arizona, and Mindy Clevidence. His grandchildren are Dylan Persinger, Katelyn (Ian)
Richardson, Kira Smith, Hailey Persinger, and Robert Persinger. Great-grandchildren are Emmitt
Richardson, and Quinn Richardson. Gary is also survived by brothers, Leslie Clevidence of Mansfield,
Richard Clevidence of Findlay, Timothy (Kerin) Clevidence, and his father, Robert Clevidence all from
Loudonville; plus many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his father,
Lester Lang, mother, Jenny Bell Clevidence, brother, Glen Clevidence and daughter, Joni Clevidence.
The family will hold a brief memorial service at Loudonville Baptist Temple on State Route 3,
Saturday, February 20, 2021 from 1-3 pm, with Pastor David Koehler officiating. Please wear masks
and practice social distancing. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the American Cancer
Fickes Funeral Home in Jeromesville is assisting the family with arrangements.
Online condolences may be made at www.fickesfuneralhome.com.
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