Obituary: Gary Lynn Mevis
Gary was born Jan. 3, 1942, in Dodgeville, Wis., and lived in a small rural community of Darlington through his high school years. He was preceded in death by his parents, Lawrence and Joyce Mevis.
Gary graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ripon College in Ripon, Wis., in June 1964 as a Distinguished Military Graduate and accepted a regular Army commission in September of that year.
Gary is survived by his wife of 51 years, Fritzi; two children, Michelle Huntington of Prescott, Ariz., and son Matthew (Patty) Mevis of Howard, Wis.; grandchildren Christian Huntington and Mackenzie, Carson and Kira Mevis; and sister Ellen Sagawa (Hajime) of Boca Raton, Fla.
After 24 years of service, Gary retired from the Army in March 1988, as a Lieutenant Colonel with the Legion of Merit Award. Additionally, during his years of service, he received the Meritorious Service Medals with First and Second Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Commendation Medal, the Air Medal with Second and Third Awards, the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star Medal.
He earned his Eagle Scout Award as a young Boy Scout and served as scoutmaster for a troop on post in Heidelberg, Germany, and in El Paso, Texas.
Gary was under the care of Granite Mountain Hospice and died at the Samaritan Marley House on Aug. 24, 2014, at the age of 72. His Celebration of Life service will be 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, 2014, at the Prescott United Methodist Church, 505 W. Gurley St. Memorial donations may be made to People Who Care, P.O. Box 12977, Prescott, AZ 86304.
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