Gary Leach, 85

Gary D. Leach passed away at the age of 85 in Loomis, CA. on July 8.

Gary was born on Sept. 29, 1934 in Mission, South Dakota to Florence Barnes Leach and Robert Crowder Leach. Gary spent his youth growing up in Winner. After high school, he became a cook in the US Army and spent his service mostly in Okinawa, Japan. Later Gary received his degree in business at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He became a Husker fan to the end.

Gary’s ability to communicate well, lead to a successful work experience with Glidden Paint. He married Joan Dell Mackaman and they raised two sons, Jim and Tom. Gary had a love for the beauty in nature. He enjoyed hunting pheasants, fishing, grilling new foods, and he was an avid golfer.

He loved sauerkraut, pickles, baked beans, and corn; and was a terrific dancer.

He will be remembered most for his perpetual smile, his incredible memory of people and places, his tremendously positive outlook on life, and his kind and compassionate spirit.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Bob, his mother Florence, and his wife of over 40 years, Joan.

He is survived by his two sons Jim (Veronica), their children Brad and Holly; Tom and his two sons Kraig and Scotty; his sister Jean (Gary Stickland) and their children Kara and Mike; several cousins, nieces and nephews; and his friend and partner Susan Smith.

A private family memorial will be held at the Winner Cemetery in Winner

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