Gary

September 1, 1953 ~ October 21, 2021

Born in: Averill Park, New York
Resided in: Edmonton, Kentucky

Gary Wayne Coonradt went to be with his heavenly Father and best friend, Jesus, on October 21, 2021 at 9:30pm. He had just turned 68 years old. He was born on September 1, 1953 and lived in Averill Park, New York until recently, when he and Denise moved to Edmonton, Kentucky, in 2020, to be near his daughters and their precious families. He was married to Denise on March 16, 1973. They grew up together, built a beautiful life (along with 3 houses), fostered deep family relationships, encouraged and cultivated community, and devoted their lives to serving God over their 48 years together. He worked as a machinist at Teledyne & Gurley Precision Instruments, the naval ordinance division of General Electric, Ceramaseal, and Atlas Cop Co. He then braved a new adventure to serve the Lord in full time ministry at the age of 50, going back to school and graduating from The Masters Seminary in Los Angeles, California. He served the body of Christ at Lake Avenue Community Church in various capacities for many years, but specifically as pastor beginning in 2006 until retiring in the spring of 2020.
Gary was a dedicated son (to Norma & Sherman Coonradt), brother ( to Sherman & Diana Coonradt, Jill & Dave Diehl, Cindy Cassavaugh, Dale & Jill Coonradt), uncle (to many beloved nieces & nephews) husband (to Denise), father (to Christy & Andy Burnham, Carrie & Derek Fisher, Kelly & Tim Cox), grandfather (to Ashley, Matt & Sarah Burnham, Jake, Aaron, Drew & Kaylee Fisher, Jacob Cox), great-grandfather ( to Aliyah & Katie Rose Denton) and friend to many and all encountered (too many to count and name – you are all so important!!!)
He keenly exemplified passion and how to have fun. He was adventurous, got out into the woods well before sunrise and worked his tail off past sunset. He loved the outdoors, identifying animal noises, removing all chipmunks from the premises, ice fishing, fish fries, hunting, playing music, games, rubber band fights, squirt gun fights, nerf wars, soft ball, water balloon fights (with homemade launchers designed by him, of course), chess, running (he completed a marathon), playing the trumpet, singing, learning the bass guitar after the age of 50, and so much more!
He was a strong man and demonstrated influential characteristics by teaching all he could through his lifestyle. He was brave, a hard worker, unafraid of hard things. He persevered during the steep climbs of life, counting it as character building – which he embraced. He was a skilled carpenter and built anything that he wanted to. He fixed all the broken things, whether it was the cars or a broken pinky. He became a volunteer firefighter, was trained in swift water rescue, and would run out on emergency calls at all hours of the night while maintaining his daily work ethic. He became the firehouse Chaplain. He was a true godly man who invested in the lives of others constantly.
He was also a strong spiritual leader. He loved the Word, studied it, memorized it, taught it, held it close and applied it in a practical way to every area of his life. He was like his Father: loyal and faithful. He would speak the truth and always try to get to the heart of the matter, whether you wanted him to or not. His true gifting was relational discipleship and encouragement.
He was all of this but most importantly he sought to include people in all that he did- to truly experience the fullness of life together. It was his main goal to honor Christ by living out the Word of God, specifically, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, strength, and love your neighbor as yourself.”
His last words to us were, “Whatever happens…remember…. I love you.” We believe he would want you to know that, too.
The funeral service for Mr. Coonradt will be held 6:00 PM Monday, October 25th at Coral Hill Baptist Church with burial 10:00 AM Tuesday morning at the Glasgow Municipal Cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 3:00 PM until 5:00 PM at Coral Hill Baptist Church. A. F. Crow & Son is honored to be entrusted in the care of Mr. Coonradt. Please share your condolences with the family at www.crowfuneralhome.com.

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  1. Our hearts are broken. Gary touched our lives in a special way. He was truly a man after Gods own heart. He will always be remembered. We loved him dearly.

  2. I will always be grateful to the Lord for both pastorGary and Denise . He was influential in my life to dispel all the myths of false teaching.
    I now have a healthy love and appreciation for the Word of God. I am happy for him that he is present with the Lord, but sad I will never see him in this life again. Rest in the Lord pastor.

  3. Going home,A man who God used to change my life,I am thankful to pastor for taking the time to listen to me and my problems but also teaching me Gods word,and we know that when Gods word is preached it does not return void.Gary thank you for being true to Gods word in your preaching and with the love that you preached it in, I will carry Gods message to others that Jesus saves,until I go home !May we all meet again in the sweet bye and bye,I know many people will miss you down here,my condolences to you Denise and family I thank the Lord for you and your family always loving and kind To me and my wife KathY,peace that passes all understanding be with you all

  4. “Papa” as I called you and loved you!!! You were so sweet and Loving to me. You treated me like family and always Loved me so well! I will miss you dearly but know you are in Paradise. Love you and miss you so very much !❤️💕❤️

  5. I have gotten the honor to meet pastor Gary, and few years before his retirement I have always enjoyed our conversations about the outdoors and the Lord.
    I am grateful for his advices ,he was a great influence in my life, I am heartbroken to know that he is no longer with us, but happy to know that he is with our Lord Jesus Christ.
    Sending my love and prayers to the family.
    Rest in the Lord,pastor Gary.

  6. Thank you Gary for the genuine love and beautiful memories you and your family blessed me with. Forever grateful for having met you and learned so much from watching the way you lived your life. I know on the other side of glory you are hearing those words from your Savior “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

  7. My deepest sympathies go out to the Coonradt family, who were such a special part of my childhood. Sending love to you all.

  8. I will always remember Mr. C’s genuine personality, easy going attitude and ready smile. I was honored to be the first wedding he officiated! We’ll surely miss him and look forward to seeing him in glory!

  9. Gary had the amazing ability to connect with just about anyone yet never set aside his faith. He was so easy to become friends with and he could make everyone feel like they were his best friend. All at the same time. He will be truly missed by countless people. He was a true gift to anyone who met him and especially to those who got to know him. My heart goes out to Denise and the rest of his family. I’m so happy for them that he was able to spend his last days with his closest family. Denise will always be welcome back here in NY and I hope to see her someday soon. You are all in my prayers. Love and hugs to you all.

  10. From the first week we attended LACC, we knew that we had found our new church home. Gary was so welcoming and preached the Word! Having graduated from The Master’s Seminary, we knew that we would always hear the Word. Gary and Denise both made us feel at home at our new church. We will miss you very much. Denise we will keep you and your daughters in our prayers.

  11. Gary was such a dedicated person with a unique range of talents. I have fond memories of playing Christmas songs with him at the Lake Ave services—but the fondest of all is the day he baptized me in the lake 10 years ago!

    He did much to serve my family and help us grow in the Lord. My heart and prayers go out to his family and friends. I know he’s with the Lord and that the Lord is able to comfort all of us who are grieving his loss. 🙏🏻

  12. My deepest sympathy to Denise, Christy, Carrie and Kelly and your families. I have the fondest memories of you all when you lived on Forest Road for so many years.

  13. Bob Shuey & Anna Church
    We missed you when you moved to Kentucky, but now we really miss you. The Firehouse gang still misses you a lot.

  14. How to condense 12 years of church life under Gary’s ministry? Lake Avenue Community Church was the first church I attended that exemplified truth and love. So many rich memories, teachings, fellowship and shepherding by a godly servant and friend. Gary was faithful to the end, living out his faith with great sacrifice. He would be proud of Dee, Christy, Carrie and Kelly who with God’s strength lived out their faith in these difficult last days. We grieve for the loss of head of their family but rejoice that he is with his beloved Savior Jesus Christ. Gary was devoted to his family, mom Norma, siblings, grandkids and Jason (sorry to leave all out the names). Gary officiated our 40th anniversary marriage renewal in English!! (Jan and I got married in Denmark by a Danish speaking Justice of the Peace.) We are grateful for his impact on our lives and will miss him greatly. We continue to surround the family with our love and prayers. Christians never say good bye but see you later!

    • Denise, Christy, Carrie, Kelly and all the extended family,
      While our hearts ache for each of you in the loss of your husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, we so enjoyed reading about Gary’s life here, and we are so glad to have met him and spent time with him earlier in the summer at Sarah’s graduation celebration. Clearly, your Gary lived life to the fullest – with joy and exuberance and most of all, loved well. We know that our precious Savior greeted him with open and loving arms saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” To God be the glory for the life of Gary.
      Please know we continue to lift you up in prayer for supernatural comfort, strength and peace. Love, Tommy and Kim Glenn

  15. We have many wonderful memories of Gary. We’ve been sharing those in texts over the past week: his love for the Lord, his perpetual smile, his gentle spirit. One that sticks in my mind is the way he led a Navigator’s study in Sunday school. We memorized dozens of verses. Though that was many years ago, whenever I read one of those I fondly remember those times. We continue to pray for Dee & the family.

  16. February 6, 2006. That was the day I walked into Lake Avenue Community Church after seeking a church for almost a year. Gary had just returned from seminary, and after the service, I sat and talked to him during the fellowship dinner. I mention that because meeting Gary was life-changing for me. No one has had more of an impact on my walk with the Lord than him. Gary and Denise (love you, sister) are both precious to me.

    I’ve heard it said several times over the last few days that Gary had a way of making everybody feel like they were his best friend. He will be remembered by many for loving well. He loved Denise and his family, he loved others like they were part of his family, he loved the word of God, and he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, most of all.

    This may be unusual, but I want to briefly share two of the last coversations I had with him on Messenger and by text message. Because Gary also laughed well.
    On Messenger: Me, May 31, 2017 — Hey bro. You there? Trying to text and call but haven’t heard back. / Gary, December 8, 2020 — Hey bro! Good to hear from you!! I have a new number (gives number). My old phone did not work down here. / Me — I didn’t contact you. Though I was actually meaning to call you later this afternoon. That last message, if it is what you are looking at, was from 2017. / Gary — oh yeah! LOL!! / Me — LOL… Glad to have the new number. Will you be available a bit later? Just making my lunch now. / Gary — Yes, give me a call when you have time. / Me — Great! Miss you, brother. / Gary — I miss you too, brother.

    By text message: Me, December 25, 2020 — Merry Christmas, brother! And to Denise also. / Gary — Thanks! (Sends a big heart) / Gary again — Sorry, I thought I was answering my sister. I don’t have your contact in my phone?? / Me — Lol… It’s Rick. / Gary — LOL!! I apparently don’t have this number! Merry Christmas, brother! I miss you! / Me — Miss you too, bro!

    I miss you, brother. See you in glory.

  17. My deepest condolences to Denise and your family. Gary was always kindhearted and lived his beliefs. I know he will be missed.

  18. Dee, we just heard about Gary. We are so sorry for your loss. May God keep you and your family close to his heart during this difficult time. Gary touched so many lives. MAY HE REST IN PEACE WITH GOD.

  19. Dee we are so sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful husband 😢 ❤ . I hope you can feel the angels as they wrap you all in their wings of love ❤. Love to you and your family Tim and Pam.

  20. Gary, i will miss you brother. Thank you for your friendship and for being a talented, and truly Godly man. Denise, my heart goes out to you in prayer. May God provide you and your family with the peace that surpasses all understanding.

  21. Our hearts are so saddened by the loss of such a wonderful man of God . . .
    Trevecca School of Education

  22. Denise, you and Gary have been a part of our lives for so long… our friendship with you both has been something we’ve treasured. We could always just pick up where we left off last and you both always made us feel so loved and cared for. Oh how we’ve enjoyed laughing with you, and at the same time being able to share with one another the deep sorrows and tears… Denise, the words have just been so hard in coming… oh how we wish we could be there to tell you in person, you and the girls and your extended family how sorry we are for your pain. We know that in Christ you have a comfort that will hold you up… we know Jesus is holidng you even now… and oh how amazing that Gary is home! He’s in the presence of His Saviour and how we look forward to the Day when we will all join him…A day when there is no more sorrow…no more death… we will rejoice around the Throne of Jesus together. So many wonderful memories… Gary was a man of deep JOY in Jesus, his huge heart was so evident, and he did what matters most each and every day. His love for Jesus and his love for people touched everyone who knew him. Words just seem so inadequate … we love you so. Paul and Stephanie

  23. Dear Coonradt Family,
    Our hearts are broken for you as it seems to all that Gary has left too soon to go be with his Lord. How fun it would have been to get to see you a in B.B.’s old stomping grounds! Our prayers will continue for you as you grieve Gary’s passing. Love to all,
    Bruce and B.B. Camilleri

  24. Dear Denise and Family,
    We are blessed to have watched Gary’s service online. We are praying for you and your family and know you are well loved and cared for and that the comfort of knowing there will one day be a reunion will carry you through. The years have flown by and we have all been busy serving the Lord and our families but the future with our Savior will be a reunion where there are no time or mile limits. Blessings to you all. With love, Wayne and Chris Schillinger

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