THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Gary Lemery, 64, of Marinette, passed away Monday, March 20, 2017, at his home from cancer.
Gary was born October 13, 1952 in Menominee to Daniel Lemery and Katherine (Lauzer) Lemery.
Gary attended Epiphany School and St. Ann's Catholic School as a young child. He then attended Menominee High School where Mr. Tutloff sparked his interest in history, which ended up becoming his lifelong hobby. After completing high school, he went on to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) and the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay, graduating with honors. Gary also served his country in the United States Army.
In 1971, he met and married his one true love, Debbie (Kitty, as he fondly called her) and they were blessed with two amazing children.
Gary is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Debbie; a daughter, Bobbie Robertson (Mike Robertson); a son, Dan Lemery; also two grandchildren from Bobbie, Taylor Urbaniak (RJ Witte) and Brian Urbaniak; and is further survived by a sister, Carol (Rod) Smith; many nieces and nephews; and his best friend, Duke.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Shirley Zittel and a brother, Joseph Lemery.
Gary had a love for studying the Plains Indian Wars and became a member of The Order of the Indian Wars, Bozeman Trail and Friends of the Little Big Horn Battlefield. Gary enjoyed spending time out West with his fellow history lovers (known as the Montana Mayhem) and authors (Richard Fox, Michael Fox and Fred Wagner). Being friends with these great authors also gave him the opportunity to have some of his own articles published.
Along with his love of history and the West, he was also very passionate about the Amelia Earhart mystery, which led him to join the group, TIGHAR (The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery). He was also very passionate about studying the Depression Era gangsters and led the groups he was in to discuss many gangsters from this era. His love of all things history also created a love of music and led him to research many of the Rock and Roll bands from the 50's and 60's.
Gary loved being around children and coached many youth baseball leagues and hockey teams. Gary worked at Waupaca Foundry for many years and was a longtime member of their first response and ergonomics teams.
Visitation will be at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Marinette on Saturday, March 25, 2017, from 9 a.m. until the time of services at 1 p.m. The Rev. James Wendt will officiate. Burial will be in Riverside Cemetery, Menominee. Hansen Onion Martell Funeral Home is assisting the family.