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Gary “Dirty Bird” Osteen
  • August 05, 1947
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  • June 14, 2019

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Obituary

Gary Michael O’Steen, 71, of Ormond Bch, FL, has passed away on June 14, 2019, surrounded by family and friends.

Gary, nicknamed “Tater” because he took his award winning sweet-potato to his 1st grade teacher, was 4th in line of 6 children born to Boss and Ruby O’Steen of Ft White, FL,

After high school Gary enlisted in the US Air Force, mostly serving his time at Eglin Air Force Base, and Hubert Field. FL, specializing in jet engines and concluding his service with a one year tour at Bitburg Air Force Base, Germany.

He owned and operated, along with his sons, Gary’s Driveline, Inc in Holly Hill, FL for 43 years…recently closing it’s doors.

Besides his two sons, Gary boasted of his 50+ year racing career, including drag-racing back in the mid 60’s and stock-car “roundy-round” racing at Volusia Speedway. Gary was a pioneer in “mug racing” and “mud-drags” NMRO , where he excelled at setting multiple ET records in his famous “Dirty Bird”

Gary is survived by his wife Anita, of 50 years; two sons Mike and Mark; grandson Wyatt; two sisters Irma and Alene; three brothers Frank, Glenn and Colin; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Baldwin Brothers of Ormond Bch are in charge. A private family internment with military honors will be at Canaveral National Cemetery, Mims, FL and a celebration of life for his many friends and racing buddies at a later date.

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  1. 26 Jun 2019
    Juliana says:
    My uncle...just a good ol boy all around. Always there to help someone. He would give anyone the shirt off his back. I hope he knew how much I valued him. I miss him so much

  2. 24 Jun 2019
    Jim & Roberta Sappington says:
    God bless Gary’s soul what a wonderful person we will miss him.

  3. 22 Jun 2019
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  7. 21 Jun 2019
    Tommy and Laura OSteen says:
    Uncle Tater Thank you for your advice many years ago to join the USAF. You were a blessing to many over the years. Your legacy shall live long after you departure and you will be cherished and missed by us all

  8. 20 Jun 2019
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  11. 20 Jun 2019
    The Walls family says:
    Will be greatly missed. Many great times at the tracks on the weekends. Our deepest condolences to Anita, Mike, and Mark.

  12. 20 Jun 2019
    Pete Dawn Shannon says:
    You will be missed good friend!!! ❤️

  13. 20 Jun 2019
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  24. 19 Jun 2019
    Sandra Schandelmeier says:
    You wil be miss by all You helped a lot of friends young and old.
    Our prayers go out the family
    Sandy (Bumpers widow)
    Runtman (Bumpers grandson and past employee

  25. 19 Jun 2019
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  27. 19 Jun 2019
    Joy Sacco says:
    Prayers and Condolences to Anita, Michael, Mark and family. Gary will be missed.

    John and Joy Sacco

  28. 19 Jun 2019
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  30. 19 Jun 2019
    Charles Gay says:
    Prayers of comfort for his family. He was a super guy.

  31. 19 Jun 2019
    Nancy Copeland says:
    My prayers and thoughts are with Anita and the O'Steen family.

  32. 19 Jun 2019
    Ron and Cheri says:
    Gary would give you the shirt off his back if he thought you needed it.
    We will miss his jokes and his generosity.
    Our deepest condolences to you, Anita, Mike and Mark

  33. 19 Jun 2019
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  36. 19 Jun 2019
    Bill Trimble posted an image:
    The Dirty Bird at Indy
    The Dirty Bird at Indy

  37. 19 Jun 2019
    Bill Trimble posted an image:
    Gary and Greg good times at Indy
    Gary and Greg good times at Indy

  38. 19 Jun 2019
    Jackie sperrazza says:
    Gary was for sure one of a kind ! Always there to help and you didn't even have to ask!
    His joke wer funny. Especially to him and I laughed because he got such a kick out of telling them. Over and over!! A bigger heart you could never find and I'm so glad he was my big brother for over 50 years!! Rest In Peace Gary. See you soon ❤️

  39. 19 Jun 2019
    Peeen says:
    He will be missed. By all

  40. 19 Jun 2019
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  41. 19 Jun 2019
    Jason Rivas says:
    On behalf of the California Mud Racers, past and present - we send our most sincere well wishes to the O'Steen family. Gary is a legend and when we all get together, we will toast a man who made a lasting impression as a competitor, friend and mentor to many. God Bless You Gary. God be with you till we meet again.

  42. 19 Jun 2019
    LaDonna Bond says:
    Gary was "one of a kind". Big heart and generous to a fault. He will be missed by family and friends, including me.
    Much love to Anita, Mark and Mike.
    LaDonna