Gary Alan Foith

Born: 06/09/1939 Passed:

Gary Alan Foith age 80 of Alliance, died Saturday, May 16, 2020 at home. He was born June 9, 1939 to Peter and Ruth (Walters) Foith in Alliance and graduated from Alliance High School in 1957. He enjoyed playing football, baseball, boxing, and martial arts. He taught martial arts at the YMCA for 50 years and up to last year, he continued to teach martial arts at another facility. Along with his dad, they managed a team in the Hot Stove League. Gary was also a huge Michigan fan.

Gary retired from Ohio Edison after 44 years of service. He belonged to the YMCA since he was 15 years old and was an Elks member for 34 years. He loved his family very much. He also loved fast cars; the neighbors called him “Mr. Zoom-Zoom”. He enjoyed listening to the albums of Jimmy and the Soul Blazers, featuring his deceased brother-in-law, Michael “Puggy” Duruttya III on the sax and Christian music by various artists.

Preceding him in death were his parents and brother-in-law, Gale Scott.

He is survived by his best friend, true love, his wife, Michalene (Duruttya); daughters, Shawn (Rusty) Petersen of Alliance, Susan Kinder of Danville, VA; brothers, Randy (Kathy) Foith of Alliance, Bruce (Lorna) Foith of Texas; sister, Connie Scott of Boise, Idaho; grandchildren, Brent (Patti) Petersen of Alliance, Taylor Petersen of Alliance, Katie (Anthony) Higgins of Alliance, and Hanna (Gab) Compton of Danville, VA; stepchildren, Jody (Clint) Johnson of Louisville, Ohio, Josh (Jill) Ginther of Alliance, Sherri (Lee) Cole, Ken (Cheryl) Nile II, Mike Warne and Dale Scott all of Alliance; (Adopted Son, Gary Dewell); 15 step-grandchildren; 25 step great-grandchildren and many cousins.

As per his wishes, there will be no services. A celebration of Gary’s life will be held at a later date.  The family wants to thank the Alliance Hospice, nurses, aides, and Pastor Freddie Rodriguez for all that they did to make Gary comfortable. We would also like to thank his caregivers, Patty Wyland and Kim Smith, Pastor Larry Hinkle of Christ United Methodist Church of Louisville, Ohio, for his phone calls, prayers and CUMC card ministry.  Condolences and special memories can be shared with the family online at

Proverbs 3:5-6

Heritage Cremation Society



5 Tributes to Gary Alan Foith

  1. LORI A FAGAN says:

    Gary will be sadly missed. I loved when he came in to get water and we had a lot fun. Already miss him and have missed him for awhile. RIP Gary. Hold tight the memories and may God bless his whole family.
    Miss you Master Fu

  2. Anonymous says:

    Our sympathy to his family and friends.
    With fond memories and prayers, Donna and Art Downs

  3. Gretchen Epp says:

    For many years I enjoyed working with Gary at the Y. He truly loved his students and working with them.

  4. Anita Boyce says:

    To All of the Foith Family,

    Thinking of you and hoping your memories of special times bring
    you comfort.

    With my Deepest Sympathy,
    Anita (Burelli)Boyce

  5. Rob K says:

    One heck of a guy. I meet Gary at the Y way back in 1982 in the weight room and took class from him before leaving Ohio for greater things. I always visited the Y while in town seeing family. He always said where the heck have you been ? Up in Michigan a few times Gary( and he smiled) Praying for his family at this time. He was so friendly and such a awesome human

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