Gary Masaru Nishioka

May 10, 1952May 9, 2019

Gary Masaru Nishioka, PhD, of Pataskala, OH, passed away into God’s loving arms May 9, 2019 after a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. Born in New York, New York on May 10, 1952 to treasured parents Kazumi Nishioka and the late Mitsuru Nishioka. Loving husband of Marcia George Nishioka, cherished father of Emily (Christopher) Land and Christopher (May) Nishioka, and beloved brother of Marsha (Lawrence) George and Gail (Richard) Wayper. Survived by many loving cousins, in-laws, nieces and nephews across the US. Received degrees in Physical Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Troy, NY in 1973 (BS) and 1976 (PhD). President of H&N Instruments, Inc of Newark, OH developing research instrumentation for studying interfacial phenomena. Research director and mentor to numerous biochemistry students of Denison University. Swing and salsa dance partner to enthusiasts in Columbus, Pataskala, San Francisco, Puerto Rico and beyond. Lifelong NY Yankees fan. Servant of Christ through the Pataskala United Methodist Church. His final year was spent with his loving family travelling across the world in search of lasting memories with them. Memorial service to be held at the Pataskala United Methodist Church on Tuesday May 14, 2019 at 10 AM. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions to the Pataskala United Methodist Church, the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, or La Clinica Latina of the OSU College of Medicine.


  • Memorial Service Tuesday, May 14, 2019


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Chet Spicer

May 15, 2019

I only met Gary a few times through my Battelle colleague Marcia, but his infectious smile, laugh and sense of humor were clearly evident. I know that he will be sorely missed by his family and friends. My wife and I send our condolences to Marcia and the rest of Gary's family.

Connie Smith

May 14, 2019

Dear Marcia and family,
I am so so sorry for your loss.
Connie Smith

Michael Parr

May 13, 2019

Have known Gary and his family for many years as members of Pataskala UMC. Also as a good customer of my former business. Will.always cherish his memory. Prayers and condolences to his family.
Mike Parr

Philip Waite

May 13, 2019

As a Denison University colleague of Gary, I will miss Gary's and his work with our science students. Rest in peace, dear friend. My thoughts and prayers goes out to all of Gary's family and friends.


Marie Kalinowski

May 12, 2019

Dear Marcia, Emily, Chris, and family,

We have lost one of the smartest, funniest and most selfless people that I have ever known. He leaves a gap in our lives that will not easily, if ever, be filled. May his soul be bound in the bond of everlasting life.

Marie and Leo Kalinowski

Leonard Adzima

May 11, 2019

Dear Marcia,
I was very saddened to hear the news of Gary's passing. I learned about it from an email from Tom Laskowski at the OC Tech Center. I immediately spread the news to Mary Kay, my daughter Charlene and to Dave and Charlene Miller. I certainly remember Gary as a really fine chemist and very nice person. I pass your house every day in going back and forth to work. Please accept our condolences.
Len and Mary Kay