Anderson Funeral Home

1357 E. 2Nd St., Franklin, OH


Gary Wayne Watts

July 31, 1947October 10, 2019

Gary Wayne Watts, age 72, of Franklin, Ohio passed away on Thursday October 10, 2019. Gary was born July 31, 1947 in Wichita, KS.

Gary is survived by his wife of 40 years Sharon Smith; daughter Renee and her husband William Sterling Pelky; sister Sue Cressler and sister Ann (Phil) Riley; nephews James and Jon Cressler, Scott Riley; niece Lori Riley. He was preceded in death by his parents Harvey and Lucille Watts.

Gary was a great man, husband, dad, and a friend. Gary always cherished the time he spent with his daughter, Renee, as they always had their own adventures as she was growing up; he was her hero. He loved his family, especially his sisters, and his dear wife.

He loved the outdoors, baseball, horse racing, and football. His favorite teams were Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, and Arizona Diamondbacks. He was the Chief of Medical Records at the VA, and loved everyone he worked with. Gary was a fighter. He was loved by all that knew him and will be deeply missed.

A gathering of family and friends will be on Friday, October 18, 2019, from 3 pm until 5 pm at Anderson Funeral Home, in Franklin. Memorial contributions may be made in honor of Gary to American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at https://www.dignitymemorial.com for the Watts family.


  • Sharon Smith, Wife
  • Renee (William Sterling) Pelky, Daughter
  • Sue Cressler, Sister
  • Ann (Phil) Riley, Sister


  • Gathering of Family and Friends Friday, October 18, 2019


Gary Wayne Watts

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Vickie Griffin

October 18, 2019

Gary was a lovely man. First and foremost, he was a gentleman. Gary had a wonderful sense of humor, that never failed to make me laugh when I was trying to keep a straight face. He was so knowledgeable, not just with his position, but things going on at the Medical Center. If I couldn’t find what I needed, I would call Gary and every time he would find the information I needed. The world was a better place with Gary in it.

Simran Sehbi

October 17, 2019

Sorry to hear about Gary's passing. My condolences to the loving family he left behind. I worked with Gary for many years and always found him to be friendly and extremely helpful whenever I had some questions regarding medical records.
He will be missed.

Simran Sehbi, MD

Tim Coan

October 17, 2019

Friend and colleague. A unique sense of humor and a laugh that matched . I remember him fondly.

Dr. Maritza Rivera

October 16, 2019

I knew Gary, he was a wonderful person. I worked with him at Dayton VA. I will miss him. My prayers to the family and friends.

Natasha Habib

October 15, 2019

Gary was just the sweetest. I worked with him at the Dayton VAMC and always knew I could count on him when I had a question. I especially appreciated his kindness when I was a new/student employee. I wish we had more Garys; he is truly missed. My condolences to his family.

Michelle W-Brooker

October 15, 2019

A wonderful colleague and stellar individual to work along side during my tenure with Dayton VAMC, he will be greatly missed. Sending heartfelt thoughts and prayers for all the family. God bless you always!

Amy Heard

October 15, 2019

Gary was always so nice and gentle. I worked with him the last 2 years he was at the Dayton VA. We have missed him since his retirement and I send my deepest sympathies to his friends and family.

Theresa Harris

October 15, 2019

Mr. Watts was my boss for over 20 plus years. He was a great boss!!! We both loved our SPAM!!! Rest in heaven my dear friend, just make sure you save me some SPAM!!!!

Cassandra Clay

October 11, 2019

We worked side by side, over and beyond at the Dayton VA. We turned water into wine!😀
My prayers are with the Family!

Melissa Reynolds

October 11, 2019

I worked with Gary at the VA. He was my supervisor. He was a great man. There are so many things that I miss about Gary. One is his hearty laugh. I can still hear him. You always knew when he was around. He had a big heart. I'm so glad that I drove out to see him at his retirement party. He will be missed. Goodbye dear friend.