Gayle is a Grant County native and is the fifth of seven children of the late George E. “Gene” Armes and Mary Lois (Spangler) Armes. He was raised on a farm just outside of Jonesboro where he and his siblings milked cows, raises hogs, and crop farmed. He attributes his work ethics to growing up and working on his family farm. Gayle and his wife purchased the Hunt Funeral Home, January 1, 1998. The Hunt Funeral Home was established in 1903 and remained in the Hunt family until they purchased the business. Prior to Armes-Hunt, Gayle worked at Hutchins Family Funeral Home in Kendallville and Wolcottville, Indiana and later was a partner at Haggard and Armes Funeral Home in Decatur, Indiana. While in Decatur, Gayle served for five years as the Adams County Coroner, having been a deputy coroner prior to that.
“We have been blessed to serve Fairmount and the surrounding communities. We are now extending our service into the Marion area and are looking forward to serving those communities as well.”
Gayle is a graduate of Mississinewa High School, where he met his wife of forty years and fellow Mississinewa graduate, Becky (Bradford). After high school, Gayle attended Indiana Wesleyan University and graduated from Indiana College of Mortuary Science in 1975. He and his wife have two children, Shaun (wife Kelly) Armes and Staci (husband Chad) Topper, and six grandchildren, Avree, Sydnee, and Brogan Armes and Hunter, Carly, and Savanah Topper. Gayle and his wife are active members of Fairmount Wesleyan Church and he is a member of the Fairmount Lions Club. In addition to his civic activities, Gayle enjoys collecting vintage farm tractors, camping and spending time with family.