Gary Leon Wuster

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Gary Leon Wuster June 23, 1939 – October 6, 2012 Gary Wuster walked his last fairway in this life Saturday evening after a courageous battle with Alzheimer's and heart disease. He was 73. A celebration of life will be held at Bookcliff Country Club on Thursday, October 11th at 2:00 p.m. A reception will follow. Please come in casual or golfing attire. Gary will be missed by all of those who were blessed to be part of his family and the many others who had the chance to call him a friend. He was preceded in death by his parents, Milton and Irene. He is survived by his wife of 22 years, Judy; brother, Andy (Marvelyn) of Lincoln, Nebraska; sons, Trent (Beckie) of Fruita; Tracy (Jennifer) of Austin, Texas; Mark Rhyne of Los Angeles, and Ron (Lisa) Rhyne of Pinedale, Wyoming; daughters, Karla (Gene) Coleman of Grand Junction; Julie Kochevar of Grand Junction; grandchildren, Tristan, Tanner, Nickie, Tyler, Jennifer, Curtis, Matt, Ryan and Landon. He was also blessed to have nieces and extended family in Nebraska and many good friends and golfing buddies who affectionately called him 'Wooten'. Gary was born in Dawson, Nebraska. The family later moved to Lincoln, Nebraska when he was five years old. His memories of this time included growing a large garden and raising rabbits to sell. He later graduated from Northeast High School in 1957. He then attended Nebraska Wesleyan University where he received a degree in business. After graduating, he spent a short time in the Marine Corps Reserves at Camp Pendleton in California. Upon returning to Lincoln, he became an assistant professional at Hillcrest Country Club. Even though his love of and talent for golf eventually would bring him to Colorado, his love for the "Big Red" Cornhuskers never left his heart. After attending the Professional Golfer's Business school in Dallas, Texas, he moved to Colorado to be an assistant golf pro at Hyland Hills. He then came to Grand Junction in 1969, with his wife, Sandy, to become Head golf pro at Bookcountry Club, having Trent and Tracy a short time later. He spent many years at the club teaching many people to golf and developing lasting friendships. In 1978, he was named PGA Golf professional of the year for Colorado. Gary enjoyed many golf adventures with family and friends in beautiful places across the country and even got the chance to travel and play in golf's birthplace of Scotland. His talents gave him the opportunity to meet many legends including Ben Hogan and Jack Nicklaus and nearly earned him a spot in the U.S. Open. He also held the course record at the Country Club for many years. He was still playing almost weekly up until the time of his passing. A career change in 1983, led to him to start his lawn care and landscaping business which he didn't completely retire from until just this year. He was meticulous in his work making sure his customers were always happy and that the work was done with care. He was particularly proud of winning The Daily Sentinel's yard of the month last year and of his dazzling and of creating extensive Christmas light displays. Gary's family was blessed to share so many great times with him. He married Judy in 1990, and they enjoyed golfing together and traveling to many great places such as Hawaii and Nova Scotia. Whether it was fishing, playing cards, attending grandkid's sporting events and activities, celebrating holidays and birthdays, or watching golf, he always enjoyed the company of his family and friends. His quick wit and generous spirit will be missed tremendously. We know he is on the course somewhere now telling someone to "hit it straight partner". Gary was instrumental in helping to develop a golf scholarship for local students. Contributions can be made to this organization in his name to the Western Colorado Golf Foundation, P.O. Box 2415, Grand Junction, CO. 81502.
Published in The Daily Sentinel on Oct. 10, 2012