Gary D. Sheipline, 72, of Wapakoneta, and Nokomis, Fla., died unexpectedly of heart failure Sunday, June 9, 2013, at Venice Regional Hospital, in Venice, Fla.
Garyâ€™s family consisted of his wife, Madelaine, and his brother, Larry (Karen) Sheipline, of Hershey, Pa. His parents, Leonard and Fredonia Sheipline, preceeded him in death.
He was a graduate of Blume High School, in Wapakoneta, and received a bachelor of arts degree in commercial art and design from The Ohio State University. He subsequently attained a masterâ€™s degree in fine art from Tulsa University. He served in the U.S. Air Force National Guard during the Vietnam War period.
Gary spent his professional career in the field of commercial art and design. He concluded his career as national exhibit manager for two major Silicon Valley technology companies, Apple Incorporated and Sun Microsystems (now part of Oracle Corporation).
Upon retirement, Gary split his time between Wapakoneta and Nokomis, Fla., pursing his artisan interests, which included, creating award-winning photography; designing and developing architectural birdhouses; and creating original decorative stained glass panels. He had broad interests and diverse taste in restoring and maintaining vintage automobiles, collecting and creating international garden railroad equipment and layouts, executing architectural and landscape designs, and collecting blown glass sculptures.
He was a past trustee of the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation. He was a member of St. Paulâ€™s United Church of Christ and an active participant at the Wapakoneta YMCA.
Any desired memorial contributions should be made to the Wapakoneta Area Community Foundation, Wapakoneta, Ohio, 45895.
A memorial service in Wapakoneta is to be scheduled and held at a later date.