Orville Gilbert “Gil” Lynch Jr., 89, of Camby died at his home on November 7, 2022, with his family by his side. Gil was born on August 22, 1933, in Indianapolis to the late Orville G. Lynch Sr. and Elvira F. (Riley) Lynch. He married Sharon (Everhart) Lynch in 1970.
Gil attended Rockport High School in Rockport, Indiana, where he played football, caused trouble, and enjoyed swimming in the Ohio River with friends. Gil enlisted in the U.S. Army in February 1951. He was stationed in Alaska for much of his military service during the Korean War. Many of his Army stories centered around playing poker and various hijinks and shenanigans with his fellow soldiers.
Gil returned to Indianapolis upon his honorable discharge from the Army. He spent much of his adult life working in the trucking industry. He later became a full-time carpenter, a trade learned from his father. Gil was a very talented woodworker, and passionate collector of antique tools, especially wood planes. Gil was a long-time member of the Midwest Tool Collector’s association. He volunteered many summers with them at the Indiana State Fair exhibiting part of his collection and demonstrating the use of the old tools. Gil drank black coffee by the gallon, rolled his eyes at “puns”, loved to read, and enjoyed watching old TV shows. He was a highly competitive player of both Euchre and Scrabble and was frequently challenged to prove the words he played by his late mother-in-law, who was certain he made some of them up.
Gil is survived by his loving wife; Sharon Lynch, sons: Eric Lynch, John (Karen) Lynch, Richard Lynch and Laurence Lynch, daughters; Megan (Craig) Sylvester, Erin (Troy) Keen, Kari (Tim) Fisher, Lisa (Danny) Mount, Margaret Lynch, Vicki (Rick) Hoffman and Toni Wheeler, son-in-law; Bob Seldomridge, 27 grandchildren, and many great and great-great-grandchildren and several nieces & Nephews.
In addition to his parents, Gil is preceded in death by his daughter; Tarri Seldomridge, grandson; Jeremy Seldomridge, granddaughter; Kara Wheeler, sister; Barbara Herron and brother; George Lynch.
It was Gil’s wish to not have a public visitation or memorial service. A family celebration will take place at a later time in which his ashes will be spread in one of his favorite places
Carlisle – Branson Funeral Service & Crematory is serving the family. Please visit www.CarlisleBranson.com to share a favorite memory or to sign the online guest registry.