Beams Funeral Home

200 W Toledo St Box 5, Fremont, IN


Joan L. Gary

August 14, 1936July 4, 2020

Joan L. Gary, age 83, of Fremont, Indiana, passed away on Saturday, July 4, 2020, at the Center for Hospice Care, Elkhart, Indiana.

Joan was born on August 14, 1936 in Medford, Massachusetts, to Robert and Eloise (Hornbrook) Finicle.

She graduated from Fremont High School in 1954. Joan married John Dale Gary on August 21, 1954. He preceded her in death on April 7, 2011.

Joan previously had recently lived in Granger, Goshen, and Angola, Indiana, and in her earlier life resided in Lima, Ohio, and Lansing, Michigan.

She formerly worked for Snyder’s Culligan and the First National Bank of Fremont.

Joan was a former member of the Pleasant Lake Mennonite Church, a past member of the Fremont Moose Lodge, a lifetime member of the Sigma Gamma Sorority, and was a former cross country and track coach for many years at Fremont Middle School and High School. Joan was an avid runner and loved distance running, where she ran many marathons and ultra races. When not running she enjoyed attending track and cross country meets, and listening to Southern Gospel music.

Survivors include her sons, Chris (Vicky) Gary of Hammondsport, New York, and Ken (Robin) Gary of Pine Valley, California, and a grand-daughter, Ashley (Sam) Haddadin of Phoenix, Arizona.

Joan was also preceded in death by her parents, a sister, Eleanor Jowsay, and a daughter-in-law, Jill Allison Gary.

Due to the current circumstances with The Pandemic and Joan’s wishes, there will be no services at this time. A private, graveside family service will take place at a later date at Jamestown Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.

Memorial contributions in Joan’s name may be made to the Fremont Community Food Pantry, P.O. Box 970, Fremont, Indiana 46737, or to the local food bank that exists in your community.


  • Due to the current circumstances with The Pandemic and Joan's wishes, there will be no services at this time. A private, family service will take place at a later date at Jamestown Cemetery, Fremont, Indiana.


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Mark Furkis

July 12, 2020

We have many wonderful memories with John and Joan...our kids first races, special races, meals, friends that we shared and loved together. Many times we just shared a good laugh together after a race and enjoyed such a special friendship. They were part of our family for many years and have left an empty spot that will be missed greatly.
Mark and Cindy Furkis

Steve Curtland

July 9, 2020

Joan loved running, and loved to share it with anyone. I remember her giving me some coaching tips even though I was the slowest guy on the cross country team. She was caring and positive to everyone.

Natalie Gary

July 9, 2020

Joan was the sweetest person, loved her & John dearly. They were supportive of our (Dude & I) girls when they were in track & basketball. They were funny and out going and had stories to tell 😊 I will miss her dearly. Families in my thoughts & prayers

Connie Gordon

July 9, 2020

Joan was my "idol" at the races. To see her out there, doing what she loved to do. She will be missed at the races!

Peter & Tammy Casaletto

July 8, 2020

This is a great loss of a wonderful woman. But we rejoice knowing that she has finally reached the goal and won the prize to see her wonderful Savior face-to-face. Joan was always pressing on to do her best and to help others from running road races to being a friend, coach and mentor. She had so many wonderful stories and lessons to share. Joan’s loving heart made Her one of the most generous people we have ever known. Without a doubt she impacted so many lives. We love Joan- she was a vibrant example of always giving of oneself to others. Team Grandma!!❤️❤️❤️

Brian Miller

July 8, 2020

Before I came to know Joan as a coach, our paths would cross at area road runs where I came to highly respect her ability as a runner. Later, I found her to be an inspiration to cross country and track athletes, as well as coaches, from all over the area, not just Fremont. She always encouraged the distance runners and complimented them after their races no matter their school because she could appreciate their efforts. I always enjoyed talking with her at meets, and we would seek each other out to exchange greetings and catch up with how our seasons were going. You could feel nothing but positive after talking to her.

My sincerest sympathies to Joan's family. May she rest in peace, and may our memories of her continue to inspire us.

Carol and Jack Stroh

July 8, 2020

We are so sorry for your loss. You will be in our prayers.

Rick & Theresa Feller

July 8, 2020

John & Joan were our neighbors on Snow Lake, Indiana. We have kept in touch with them ever since we moved from the area. I sent Joan photos of our family, grandchildren and post cards every other week. She wrote occasionally and spoke so much of her granddaughter, sons and daughter-in-law. One day the post cards were returned as undeliverable. I contacted the home in Angola and they could not tell me where she was. We are so very sad over her loss. I hope her boys and granddaughter will know what a special person Joan was to our family. She will be greatly missed and we will miss her too. She's reunited with John in a happy place and I'm sure she's running marathons again! Blessings to her family Rick & Theresa Feller/ Estero, FL

Barrie Peterson

July 8, 2020

Joan was one of my all-time favorites in the running community. She was a true friend and a genuine inspiration to me and so many others. May she rest in peace and may her memory linger on!

Casey Shafer

July 8, 2020

Joan was always amazing. Her passion for life and the sport of running was an inspiration to all of us younger runners in northern Indiana. She will be truly missed.