February 2, 1946 - April 9, 2017
Born in Lincoln, Nebraska
Resided in Lincoln, NE
Following high school he was drafted into the U.S. Army and reported to Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for basic training and was a proud member of the 1st Battalion, 40th Field Artillery. He served nearly two years in Vietnam on the front lines. After his honorable discharge he returned to Lincoln where he lived for the rest of his life.
Gary was a man of many talents. He could fix anything, and had a particular love of cars and machinery. He was an inventor, a mechanic, a racecar driver, a Cubs fan and an overall unique character.
Never one to miss a flea market or swap meet, Gary was a man of eclectic tastes. A recent look at the books on top of his reading pile included books on general chemistry, electrical wiring, Poems from the North Woods, The Complete Handbook of Sand Casting, The Red Green Book, The World Book of Houseplants, and Murphy's Laws. Gary had a sharp, inquisitive mind and a deep fascination with the way the world works. He never stopped thinking about how he could improve upon something.
Gary was a character, known to be quick witted and always ready with another story about the absurdities of life in Lincoln (potholes anyone?). Gary had friends all over town in diners, steakhouses, repair shops, supply stores and countless garages. He was the kind of guy who would always stop to help a stranger in need. Gary and Madeline enjoyed traveling and he fell in love with Lincoln City on the Oregon Coast. Gary particularly enjoyed reunions with his Army buddies all over the U.S.
Gary was preceded in death by his mother, Dorothy, his father Bob, and his brother-in-law, Jerome McKernan. He is survived by his sister, Carol McKernan, life partner, Madeline Geigle, and many loving daughters: Sara Grossman Pickrel, Jamie Grossman Stall, Monica Long, Melissa Platt and Amanda Ring. He was also survived by many wonderful grandchildren and his beloved dog, Diesel.
A memorial service for Gary will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, April 14, at Roper & Sons, 4300 O Street, Lincoln.
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