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Gary Lee Waltz, age 56, of rural Jasper, died in a hunting accident Friday, May 8, 2009 in rural Barton County.

     Gary was born August 10, 1952 at Carthage , MO to George and Genevieve (Pennington) Waltz.  After graduating from Jasper High School in 1970, he earned an associates degree in drafting engineering from Pittsburg State University in 1972.  He served in the Missouri National Guard 203rd  Engineer Battalion in Carthage from 1972 to 1978.   On April 15, 1973 at Zion Baptist Church , east of Jasper, he married Villa Marie Walker and they have farmed together near Jasper for the past 36 years. 

     Gary was an active member and Trustee of First Baptist Church of Jasper; served 6 years on the Jasper R-V School Board; was Director/President of Farmers COOP of Jasper; was a former board member of Heart of America Gelbvieh Association.  He also served as a director of the Barton Co. Propane board. 

     Survivors include his wife, Villa of the home, a son, Brad and his wife Jama Waltz of Jasper; a daughter Amie and her husband Justin Primm of Jasper; his mother Genevieve Waltz of Jasper; a very special niece and nephew, Samantha and Russ Hall of Aurora, MO; three sisters, Barbara Pagacz of Lamar, Vicky Myers of Jasper, and Debbie Willhite of Lamar; five grandchildren, Addy Primm, Jonathan Kohley, Kirstin Winchester, Morgan Winchester, and Logan Winchester; his mother-in-law Mary Walker of Jasper; sisters-in-law and their husbands, Vina & Mike Kahre of Lockwood, Dana & Kenny Owen of Lamar; also many nieces and nephews and great-nieces and nephews; and very special friends, Rocky & Karen Rush of Jasper.

     The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church of Jasper. 

     Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 12, at First Baptist Church of Jasper with Rev Greg Gooch officiating.  Burial will be in Mitchell Cemetery east of Jasper.    

     Memorial contributions are suggested to First Baptist Church Building Fund or the Jasper County Youth Fair in care of Daniel Funeral Home, 1201 Broadway, Lamar, MO 64759 .   

Comments  

#16 Springfield, MoBob and Marilyn Couch 2009-06-18 08:03
Were so sorry to hear of Gary's accident. He was such a good man, and will be missed greatly.
#15 Belton, TXPatsy Smith Andrews 2009-05-16 08:24
Villa,

I was so shocked about Gary's sudden death. I am very sorry for your loss. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. May God give you comfort in your time of loss.
#14 Carthage MOShelley and Marisol 2009-05-14 07:01
Jama and family,
Our sincere thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Its hard losing a loved one, but know that time, family, love and God will get you through one day at a time.
Our deepest sympathy,
Shelley and Marisol
#13 Midland, TXBarbara Blackford Bevins 2009-05-13 12:21
Villa and family: May God be with you and comfort you at your time of need. My prayers are with the entire family.
#12 Carthage, MoR. gene Irwin 2009-05-12 09:57
Villa and Brad: I was so shocked to read of Gary's passing in the paper. One of my truly good guys, know you understand what I mean. My prayers are with you. If I can help in any way please call me. Gene
#11 Parkville, MoNettie Agnew 2009-05-11 21:51
My family lived on the farm just across the road from Gary's family, and later years George bought our farm. I remember learning to ride bicycles together and doing farm chores for Gary's family while they took summer vacations! I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts are with you.
#10 Miller, MoJohn Garton 2009-05-11 14:33
Dear Villa and family, I want to express my sympathy to you all. I know what a shock this must have been. I am very sorry for your loss. God bless you.
#9 Los Angeles, CAMike Foster 2009-05-11 12:18
I wanted to send my best wishes to all Gary's family and friends. He was a great friend to my family, and he will be missed.
#8 Springfield, MOAlisha 2009-05-11 11:28
I am so sorry to hear about Gary. May God Bless your whole family.
#7 Bonaparte, IowaStephanie Page 2009-05-11 10:53
Villa, Amie and Brad,

What a tragic loss to you all. Words cannot express my sadness in hearing of Gary's death. He was always there for Amie and I in our times of need. Please know I am thinking of you all and wish I could attend the funeral. Amie, I hope we can visit more soon.
Love to you all,
Steph

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