Gary Wayne Burt, 72, passed away April 11, 2014, in Phoenix, Ariz., of complications from diabetes. Gary was surrounded by his family at the time of his death. He was born April 13, 1941, in Uniontown, Kan., to V.L. "Shine" Burt and Julia "Jerry" Burt. The Burt family moved to Washington in the early 1940s and settled in Klamath Falls in 1951. He moved to Chiloquin in 2001. Gary graduated from Klamath Union High in 1959 and served in the United States Marine Corps until 1963. On Oct. 2, 1963, he wed Ruth E. Ward of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary this past October. Gary was an avid outdoorsman and was his happiest when hunting or fishing. He enjoyed archery, watching college football - especially the Oregon Ducks, and studying the Cabela's catalog. He traveled quite often, but his favorite pastime was looking at Agency Lake from his deck. The pride and joy of Gary's life were his three sons, and he was very supportive of all their activities, whether it was sports as youngsters or career choices as adults. As a young man attending Oregon Institute of Technology, Gary was scouted by the L.A. Rams football team, but was diagnosed with diabetes a few weeks later. He was a meat cutter and a meat department manager until his retirement. Gary fought the good fight, however. The past two years of his life were especially difficult due to health issues. He will be greatly missed by all those whose lives he touched. Survivors include wife, Ruth Burt, of Chiloquin; son and daughter-in law, Chris and Julianne Burt of Eugene; son and partner, Stan Burt and Patty Eidem and her daughter, Josie of Eugene; and son, Steve Burt of Sunnyvale, Calif. Other survivors include sister and brother-in-law, Patricia and John Huffman of Lane, Kan.; sister and brother-in-law, Jayne and Mark Schlenker of Princeton, Kan.; and numerous nieces, nephews, in-laws and close friends. Gary was preceded in death by his parents; one younger brother, Terry Layne Burt; and daughter-in-law, Diane Burt. A memorial service in Klamath Falls will be this summer. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions in Gary's name to the
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Published in Herald And News on Apr. 20, 2014