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Friday February 23rd, 2018

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Gary Lee Gay

Gary L. Gay, 67, of St. Paul, died Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at Brookefield Park in St. Paul. Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Friday at Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. The Rev. Sidney B. Bruggeman will officiate. Peters Funeral Home of St. Paul is assisting the family. Gary was born Oct. 30, 1950, on a farm in Howard County in the Rock Creek area north of St. Paul, the son of Paul Everett and Edna Viola (Nielsen) Gay. In 1954, the family moved into St. Paul, where Gary attended St. Paul Public School and graduated from St. Paul High School in 1968. He then worked at Diamond Plastics in Grand Island. He was united in marriage to Ielene Schwieger on Jan. 5, 1974, in St. Paul. Three children were born to this union, Nellie, Derrick and Misty. He then worked for the Pepsi Bottling Company in Grand Island. He was united in marriage to Kay Lynn Schenck on March 28, 1987, in St. Paul. The couple lived in St. Paul where they raised their three sons, Steven, Colin and Brian. He worked at S.E. Smith & Sons Lumber Company in St. Paul and later at Builders Warehouse in Grand Island. In 2002, he was forced to retire due to his failing health. He enjoyed fishing and doing word find puzzles. He loved woodworking and spending time with his sons and extended family. He is survived by his wife, Kay Gay of St. Paul; two sons, Colin Schenck and fiancee', Lauren Cantrell of Grand Island, Brian Gay and Amy Ward of Grand Island; children from his first marriage, Derrick Humphrey of Florida and Misty Margritz of Giltner; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Donald Gay of Grand Island, Larry and Nila Gay of St. Paul and Mary Gay of Palmer; and three sisters, Ellen Dalrymple of Ericson, and Joyce Gay and Doretta Arent, both of Grand Island. He was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Nellie Gay; son, Steven Gay; brothers and sister-in-law, James Gay and Robert and Alice Gay; and his in-laws, Eddie and Tillie Schenck. In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials are suggested to the family.

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Gary was a loving man and life gave him some hard knocks he didn't deserve but through it all- he didn't give up! I have known him all my life and he has taught me some good lessons like how to appreciate a good engine in a muscle car, it takes patience to build something, how to cheat at card and board games without anyone noticing, what the middle finger means, appreciation for a good comic book and many more things. He will be missed by all of us brothers/sisters nieces, nephews, cousins, great uncles/aunts and friends. Love and miss ya always, Uncle Gary!!--Sissy/Annie

Annaliese Turner Feb 21 2018 12:49 PM

Kay and family, My deepest sympathy to all of you. Gary was a great person, he always had a wave for me when I would see him around town or in his yard with his wheelchair. I still have the neat bench he made for me 10 years ago and always think of him each Spring when I would get it back out into my yard. Cherish all the good times, know he is not in any more pain and is with his family and Lord in Heaven. Velda Peters

VeldaPeters Feb 19 2018 6:27 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Gay

Theresa Coplen Feb 19 2018 12:00 PM

Gary and I go way back he is my cousin and the last few years he would come up on his scotter and I would roll out my chair from the garage and we would just set and talk for long time! and my Sis Linda and Mel went up and seen Gary the 15 t/h and I talked and I know he listened he tried to talk and would open his eyes, and we handed his a cold cappiento coffee his favorite and he knows we were there God Bless the Family and miss my Friend already!! see you in Heaven Gary

Bill Swanson Feb 18 2018 10:40 PM

Justin lol

Dezarae N Steve Cole Feb 18 2018 8:14 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Gary Gay

Dezarae N Steve Cole Feb 18 2018 8:13 PM