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Gary Lee Fancher, 73, New Hudson

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Gary Lee Fancher:  Loving Husband, Father, Grandfather

Gary Lee Fancher, 73, of 6474 New Hudson Road, New Hudson, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at home.

Born on April 15, 1950, in Olean, he was a son of Harlan James and Virginia Mae Russell Fancher.  On November 22, 1969 at the Seventh Day Baptist Church, Richburg, he married the former Lois May Taylor who survives.

Gary had worked for Dresser Rand and Air Preheater before going to work for the New York State Department of Corrections working for both the Fishkill Correctional Facility in Beacon and the Livingston Correctional Facility in Sonyea from where he retired in April of 2012. 

He played lead guitar in several local rock and country bands and was proud to have the Christian music song he wrote “Where Would I Be” copyrighted, loved watching old westerns on TV, and was a season ticket holder of the St. Bonaventure Men’s Basketball team for many years.

Garys memberships included the Inavale Sub. Grange and McKee Chapter of the Masons.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, Lois are

A Son             Gerald A. Fancher                                                   Bolivar

A Daughter   Melinda A. (Anthony Cicirello) Fancher            Wellsville

Grandchildren         Greg (Bri) Robinson, Jacob Robinson, Denae (Joe) Blakeslee, Allison Cicirello

Great Grandchildren          McKinley and Gage Blakeslee, Bailey, Casen, and Reece Robinson

A Brother                  Alan R. (Lois) Fancher                    Fort Worth, Texas

Brother-in-laws       Stephen (Sandy) Taylor                 Hinsdale

Sister-in-law             Sue Taylor                                         Cuba

                                 Margaret Taylor                              Westerly, Rhode Island

                                 Rosalee Taylor                                 Angelica

                                 Carol Taylor                                      Friendship

Uncle                        Keith Taylor                                      Landrum, SC           

Several Nieces and Nephews

And a lifelong friend                      Jeff Barnes                Bolivar

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter Angela Fancher in 2015 and his brother-in-laws Glenn, David, Allan and Raymond Taylor, Sr.

Gary was be laid to rest in a private ceremony at the First Burying Grounds, Rushford, New York.

Arrangements are under direction of the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., Cuba.

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