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Gary Delbert LaVancha

April 3, 1941 — November 10, 2020

NATURAL BRIDGE - GRAVESIDE SERVICES for Gary Delbert LaVancha, 79, will be held on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at 11:00am in the Hillside Cemetery in Natural Bridge with Military Honors. A reception will follow at the Natural Bridge Community Center.
Gary was formerly of Strong Road, died on November 10, 2020 at Samaritan Medical Center due to complications of pneumonia.
He was born a twin on April 3, 1941 in Harrisville, New York, son of the late Delbert "Tom" and Ruby (Thomas) LaVancha. He and his brother Gerry were the first set of twins ever delivered by Dr. Eckelman at the time. He attended Harrisville Central School and in 1959 enlisted in the United States Army, serving as a Medic at the 97th General Hospital in Frankfurt, Germany until 1962.
On October 3, 1964 he married Sally J. Murdock in Natural Bridge. The couple had two daughters, Ronda (LaVancha) Curtis and Renee LaVancha and later came two grandchildren, Nicole and Kyle Curtis. Recently he connected with a son, Kevin Gates who is married and has three daughters and four grandchildren. Over the years Gary worked for General Sign Co. of Carthage as well as E.C. Crooks Memorial Corporation. Later, he started his own neon sign and monument lettering businesses. He also worked at Kraft Foods, Tree Preservation, and the Department of Public Works on Fort Drum, doing snow removal down post and for the Wheeler-Sack Army Airfield. Gary was a former member of the Natural Bridge Fire Department and the Carthage Elks Club #1752. He had many interests including playing the guitar, harmonica, singing and participating in the North Country Four and the Cross-Country Beat bands. He also enjoyed hunting, fishing and stock car racing.
He was a self-taught handyman who over the years enjoyed entertaining his family and friends with many special songs and stories.
Survivors include his loving wife of 56 years, Sally; his children, Ronda Curtis of Canton; Renee LaVancha of Pennsylvania; and Kevin (Tammy) Gates of Carthage; sisters Nadine (Charlie) Richards; Cherry LaVancha; and Penny (Roger) LaFave; a sister-in-law, Marie LaVancha; and several grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents Delbert "Tom" and Ruby LaVancha; two sisters, Judy (Marty) Norris, Eudora Marshall; his twin brother, Gerry LaVancha; and a brother-in-law, Pat Marshall. Memorial donations in Gary's memory can be made to the Natural Bridge Fire Department at 27570 High St, Natural Bridge, NY 13665. Arrangements are with Lundy Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Inc., and condolences can be made online at

Graveside Service

11:00 am - 11:30 am Saturday, September 18, 2021

Hillside Cemetery

Lime Street

Natural Bridge, New York, United States


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