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Gary Lee Edgar 75, of Estero, Florida, died March 28, 2023 in Ft. Myers after a brief illness. Gary was born on April 5, 1947 in Batesville, Ohio, a son of the late Dean and Irene (Finley) Edgar. He had been a resident of Estero since 2014.

He graduated from Shenandoah High School in 1965. In 1970, he began his career with the Central Ohio Coal Company as a welder. He was the last operator of the largest dragline in the world “The Big Muskie” when he retired from the mine after 30 years.

Gary loved his family and his God. He enjoyed traveling, whale watching, running heavy equipment, fishing and shelling.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Janet Hannum, mother-in-law, Dorothy Hannum.

He is survived by his wife, Wilma A. Edgar of Estero, FL, his daughter, Beth (Tod) Gundrum of Hilliard, OH, step-son, Bryan (Kim) Kerns of Zanesville, OH; brother, Larry (Barb) Edgar of Pataskala, OH, sister, Pam (Mike) Flood of Crooksville, OH; brother-in-law, Bill (Ruth) Hannum; grandchildren, Tessa Gundrum, Blane Thomas, Spencer and Elias Munshi, Drew, Ethan and Carson Kerns, Austin and Jake Mahan, Cooper and Laken Kerns, Brynn Chafin, and Brady and Bryson Hottinger.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held Saturday, April 1, 2023 at 10:00 a.m. at the Estero Church 8088 Lord’s Way, Estero, FL with Rev. Tim Carson, officiating.

A Celebration of Life will be held in Ohio later this spring.

In lieu of flowers donations in memory of Gary may be made to the Estero Church.

To sign his guest register or to leave online condolences please visit

Arrangements are being handled by Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home and Crematory Family Owned and Operated Since 1978.


  1. Valerie Horstman on March 31, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    I was sad to read of Gary’s passing. I pray you are surrounded the love and support of your family and friends.

    Take care!

  2. Kristi Close on March 31, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    So sorry for your loss 🙏🙏
    Prayers for all especially Wilma and Beth❤️❤️

  3. Frank Swain on March 31, 2023 at 4:43 pm

    Gary you were agood friend. You will be missed!!!

  4. David Cater on April 1, 2023 at 3:24 pm

    Very sorry to hear this of our longtime friend and brother in Christ.

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