Gary Hunt Crytser, 62, a longtime Finleyville-area resident passed away unexpectedly in a Florida hospital on Saturday morning, March 24.
Gary, born April 7, 1949, was the son of Hope and Bill Crytser of Rebecca Lane near Finleyville, eldest of five sons and a daughter. He had been recently staying with his Uncle Richard Crytser of Ormond Beach, FL after recent business training in Dallas, TX.
After high school, Gary entered the US Marines Corps and received extensive Vietnamese language training as a combat interpreter. While on tour in Asia, he suffered long-term cardiac ailments as a result of malaria contracted in the jungle.
Gary returned to the Monongahela Valley to study electronics and business. He worked at US Steel’s Clairton coke works before becoming a local businessman involved in several ventures, including the 1976 renovation and re-opening of the longtime Cheplic’s Market along Rt. 88 south of Finleyville, which he renamed The Marketplace.
He moved to the Chicago area around 1978 and established several successful businesses there with his then wife, Carol Morgan Crytser, formerly of New Eagle.
They had two children while living in the Chicago area: Carrie Hope Kuczak (h: Andrew) and William John Crytser (w: Nicole), both married and enjoying successful lives and careers of their own. Gary has a four-year-old daughter, Hollie Crytser, with wife Tara of San Diego.
Gary is also survived by brothers Danny of Guam; Scott of Charlotte, NC; Jill of McKeesport; and Jeffrey of Guam. His parents are deceased, and his brother William died in 1977.
Gary was admitted to Halifax Hospital, Daytona Beach, FL just last Monday for observation following a problem with his medication and appeared to be rallying towards a healthy recovery. A sudden downturn, which may have been due to his chronic heart condition was too much for him to overcome.
Funeral plans are not finalized, but Gary will be buried soon at a national cemetery in the Southwestern PA area.