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Obituary for Gary E. Sidwell

Gary E. Sidwell, 61, of Bellefonte, passed away on Monday, February 7, 2022, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College. Born on July 16, 1960, at the Keflavik AFB in Iceland, he was the son of Edwin R. Sidwell and Miriam J. (Zeigler) Sidwell, who are both surviving in Bellefonte and Granby, Connecticut, respectively. On November 22, 1988, he married the love of his life, Darlene A. (Doll) Sidwell, who also survives at home after sharing over 33 years of marriage together.

Gary was a 1978 graduate of State College Area High School. After graduation, he attended Penn State, where he earned his associate degree in Mechanical Engineering. He then went to work at Chemcut as a draftsman, followed by Cerro, where he was also a draftsman. Most recently, he worked as a Drafter Designer in the Applied Research Lab at Penn State.

In addition to his wife, Darlene, and parents, Edwin and Miriam, he is survived by his daughter, Serena P. Sidwell, of Bellefonte, a sister, Robin Sidwell, and a brother, Todd Sidwell (Amy), and their daughters, Olivia and Elizabeth, and his favorite furry sidekick, Bea the cat. Also surviving are numerous cousins, extended family, and friends.

Gary possessed a wealth of knowledge; he was a true “Jack of All Trades,” and a master of all. He enjoyed carpentry, woodworking, and restoring old boats and motorcycles, and maintaining his cars, as well as many home renovation projects. He enjoyed riding motorcycles, going sailing, and fishing. When Gary would travel, he would always be on the hunt for a new spot to go fishing! If you were lucky enough to meet Gary, even just once, you knew that you had a friend for life. He was adored and admired by his family and friends and will be remembered for his kind spirit and generous heart.

Friends and family will be received on Thursday, February 10, 2022, from 10 a.m. until noon, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc., 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. The family also welcomes you to join them in a Celebration of Life for Gary, beginning at noon, at the funeral home, with Rev. James Schomer officiating. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Gary’s memory to The Salvation Army by going to

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