The Ottumwa Courier

Obituaries

July 2, 2013

Gary VanDyne

CENTERVILLE — Gary Warner VanDyne, 71, of Centerville, left this earth June 29, 2013, for his place of fascination, the heavens.

Warner and Ruby (Medlin) VanDyne forded a rain-swollen creek northwest of Unionville, MO., to reach St. Joseph Hospital in Centerville, where Gary was born July 31, 1941.

Gary graduated from Unionville High School in 1959. He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961-66 at Aviano Air Base in Italy. His experiences there gave him a deep understanding of world cultures, and he enjoyed sharing that with everyone. He attended Indian Hills Community College and transferred to Northeast Missouri State University (Truman State University), earning both bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees. He worked with returning Vietnam War veterans for IHCC from 1973-80 and for 23 years as an outside sales person for Bailey Office Supply. He was proud of his assistance to the veterans and service to his customers.

Gary is survived by his wife, Caroll, whom he married in Ottumwa on June 28, 2007; his father, Warner of Unionville, Mo., sister, Sonja Hawkins of Springfield, Mo.; brother, Donald VanDyne, of Columbia, Mo.; three nieces; and two nephews.

Preceding him in death was his mother, Ruby.

Gary told his doctors that he’d seen heaven once and didn’t wish to return to earth. That wish was finally granted.

A visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Saturday at Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home in Unionville, Mo. Graveside services with full military honors will follow at the Unionville Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to the Indian Hills Community College Scholarship fund in Gary’s name or the Heartland Human Society in Ottumwa and may be entrusted with Playle and Jones Family Funeral Home, 709 S. 27th St., Unionville, Mo. 63565.

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