Gary Lynn Thayer

June 29, 1955July 5, 2018
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Gary Lynn Thayer, age 63, of McDonough, Georgia passed away on Thursday July 5, 2018. Gary was born June 29, 1955 in Painesville, OH. After high school, Gary joined the US Army. Because of his love for motorcycles, Gary and his wife opened Gary's Hobbie Shop Inc. on April 1, 1995 and continued the business until July 1, 2018. Gary was preceded in death by his father, Robert Thayer. His is survived by his wife of 40 years, Barbara Thayer; his mother, Nina Thayer; his brother; and a great number of friends. A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 15, 2018 at 2:00 pm at Haisten Funeral Home in McDonough, GA. The family will receive friends from 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Thayer family.


  • Vistation Sunday, July 15, 2018
  • Memorial Service Sunday, July 15, 2018

Gary Lynn Thayer

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Billy Dillard

July 24, 2018

Such a great loss, I will love and miss you Brother forever! Anything, anytime Barb that you need. I'm just a phone call away....

Pam Foreback

July 20, 2018

Barb & Family,
Truly a shocker to hear of Gary’s passing. I know he will watch over you from Heaven until you are reunited. I enjoyed his sense of humor the many years I was blessed to know him. What a great man & sweet soul! While my heart is heavy for your sadness & grief may your memories continue to give you peace.
Love & friendship always,

Glenn Wisdom

July 15, 2018

Gary (and Barbara....can't separate these two), I am so sorry that we have lost Gary. You both have been a big part of my motorcycle life the past several years and I couldn't have asked for better friends that also happened to have the health of my bike in their best interest! You both are unique and probably will never be duplicated in this day and age! Thank you for being there for me when I needed you, and call if you need us.

Preston Shropshire

July 15, 2018

Thanks Barbara / Gary for all the Year's of freindship and servicing of my bike. Gary will truly missed in the bikers world as a great Guy. Sincerely, Preston Shropshire.

Michael Theus

July 13, 2018

I first met Gary and Barb in summer 2008 when I got my first Wing and it was having issues The tech at the Honda Shop said"Call Gary'". They are the most honest and kind hearted folks I have met in motorcycle service. Every time I would call or visit it was warm and welcoming and well received.
Would sit and just chat with them, about life. My Prayers are for Ms.Barb. O My heart hurts
I am going to miss my friend Gary/

Debra Law

July 12, 2018

Dear Barbara,

Sending my love and condolences to you and family. You & Gary were such wonderful Friends & such a fantastic support to me when I first bought my Trike & throughout the years. I'll never forget that New Year's Day ride when my trike wouldn't start & I missed the ride, then there the 2 of you were at my front door to help me. We were able to meet Chapter A for lunch. That meant the world to me & that was just one time - there were many more!

Thank you for all you did. Gary will be very missed. My heart goes out to you in your Loss.

Love and God Bless,
Debra Law

Chris Bredemeier

July 11, 2018

I just had Gary do some work on my Wing a few weeks ago. What a shock to know he's passed. He always did work with integrity and honesty. I always knew and trusted that the work would be done right. The times just hanging out in the shop shooting the breeze with Gary and Barb made it feel like a family affair. I wish I had known him more years. My heart goes out to you Barb. You two spent 24 hours a day together every day. I don't know that many teams that can handle that the way you two did so well. Please reach out if there's anything I can do to help
Chris B

Rita Kumher Kylberg

July 10, 2018


Although it has been too many years since I last saw or talked to you, Gary, Chris or their mom, I've thought about you all so many times. I am heartsick to hear of Gary's passing and want you to know I'm thinking of you and praying for you all.

I cannot think of my life growing up without thinking of Gary and his antics with me, Walt, Chris, and Jeff.

Gary could always make me laugh and feel better, no matter what was happening! I loved him very much.

I thought you guys made a perfect couple and enjoyed our time when you lived here in Texas and later when you were driving truck. I'm happy to hear you have been married for so long. I knew you would be one of the couples to make it!
It's clear to see how much Gary adored you and I know your loss is devastating. I will pray for you Barb.

I live in New Caney, TX. I would love to talk to you all when you are up to it. Please contact me when you can.

Cynthia Elmgreen

July 9, 2018

Gary was a wonderful friend that was willing to help anyway he could should you call him. I will miss seeing his smile and hearing his laugh.. Rest In Peace my friend. Cynthia Elmgreen

Jeff Kelley

July 9, 2018


I am simply at a loss for words upon learning of Gary’s passing. It has been a couple of years since I last saw Gary.

Gary was one of the most genuine people I have ever met, and he was simply the best at his work. I never second guessed any of the work that he completed on my bike, and he always explained things and made sure my bike was ride safe and in tip-top shape.

I have more respect and admiration for Gary than I can put into words. The Goldwing / GWRRA community has lost an Icon and a Legend.

You and your family are lifted in prayer.

Jeff Kelley
Winder, Georgia