Gary W. Romine

December 21, 1949April 23, 2021

Gary William Romine - Merritt Island

Gary passed away at 71 years of age and walked into the arms of Our Lord Jesus Christ in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, where he was also born in 1949.

Gary will be lovingly remembered forever by his wife Barbara Jean Romine. He is also survived by his two sons, Michael (Robyn) and Mark (Heidi) McDaniel, daughter Michelle O’Donnell, his brother Randy Romine, his sister Elisabeth Rene LaMarr (Rob), grandsons Christopher and Cody, granddaughter Haley and great grandson Eden, along with so many cousins, nieces and nephews he adored. Gary was pre-deceased by his parents Bobby and Gladys Romine, son Perry Romine and sister Becky Henderson.

Gary was a proud USAF veteran and worked at Kennedy Space Center for numerous contractors for over 33 years. He never missed a launch even after he retired. He was an active member of First Baptist Church Merritt Island and faithfully served with the many other volunteers at the House of Hope ministry at First Baptist, helping others in need.

Gary was the absolute patriarch of his family and was always the happiest when they were gathering together and celebrating special occasions or someone’s birthday, especially his own. He was a passionate enthusiast of antique cars and trucks and especially loved ’57 Chevys. He also loved being Santa to everyone possible, wearing his famous Santa hat everywhere he went for the entire month of December each year.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held at First Baptist Church of Merritt Island at 140 Magnolia Avenue starting at 10 AM for visitation, with service beginning at 11:00 AM. Burial to follow at Cape Canaveral National Veterans Cemetery (5525 Hwy US-1, Mims) at 2:00 PM.

In lieu of flowers, donations may also be made to the House of Hope, First Baptist Church, Merritt Island.


  • Visitation

    Monday, May 3, 2021

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 3, 2021


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May 1, 2021

Far too many memories to list here. High School wouldn't have been with out my friend/buddy/sidekick/fellow accident survivor.

Kathy Purvis

May 1, 2021

So many memories I’ve enjoyed all the years knowing you Gary I’m so grateful for u being a part of our life I’m thankful for the years you gave my sister the love you gave to the family you will always hold a special place in my heart and I’ll always love u like my brother
You will be greatly missed . My prayers to the rest of the family 🙏❤️ Always family Kathy

Dennis Bonds

April 29, 2021

Gary I'll always be thankful to God for the day that yours and Barbara's paths crossed. I truly believe you both were in need of each other's companionship.
One thing I'll never forget is the trips you,Dickie and I made to Daytona for all the races we attended. I still can't believe the 3 of us sitting in the stands in pouring rain, hoping the race would go on when each of us knew there was no chance of that happening. What fun we had. At least you weren't gonna starve, thanks to the 2 day old "pocket food ". haahaa
I'm gonna miss going to Publix with you and counting the times you went back to the Sample Stand.
Seriously Gary, we are all going to miss you terribly. Give big hugs to all of those gone before us!
Love you, Gary

Susan Lutz-Detwiler

April 29, 2021

To Barbara

So sorry to hear that Gary passed.


Susan & David Detwiler

Cindy Kinney

April 28, 2021

Took many motorcycle rides to Daytona with “Gary Boy” in my rear view mirror. He always was watching out for me. I crossed paths with him in 2004 at a coffee shop in Cocoa Village.
A very giving man. I will miss him. If heaven has old trucks, you can bet he will be behind the seat of a Chevy with a great big smile.
God bless you.
To his family: I’m sorry for your loss.