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Gary Lee Lamie, 52

Gary Lee Lamie, of rural West Point, passed away at his home on Friday, Feb. 22, 2013. He was a prominent farmer in southwest Tippecanoe County for 30 years, active in historical and civic affairs, and very involved in agricultural trade associations. He lived almost his entire life on the family farmstead two miles east of Odell.

Visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, February 26, 2013, at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Services will be 10 a.m. Wednesday, February 27, 2013, at Christ United Methodist Church, 3610 S. 18th Street, Lafayette, followed by a burial at Sugar Grove Cemetery in Jackson Township. Rev. Scott Mann of the Christ United Methodist will be the officiant.

Gary was born Dec. 29, 1960, in Lafayette to Kenneth and Clara Sondgerath Lamie. He graduated from McCutcheon High School in 1979, and received his bachelor's degree from Purdue in agricultural economics in 1983, and a master's degree in management from Indiana Wesleyan in 2010. He married Kathleen Schafer on Aug. 31, 2002.

A lifetime member of the Purdue Alumni Association, he traveled to France in 2005 as part of Purdue's Agri-Days IV French/Indiana Farmer Exchange Program. He was a Jackson Township trustee for several years, as well as a volunteer EMT for the West Point Fire Department. He was a member of the Tippecanoe County Historical Society, serving as a board member and volunteer for many events.

For the past 10 years, he was a leader in the Indiana Corn Growers Association (past president), the National Corn Growers Association (vice chair for research and business development) and the Indiana Corn Marketing Council (current president). He traveled extensively with these groups, planning strategy and conferring with elected officials in Indianapolis and Washington, D.C.

He was instrumental in helping establish Indiana's corn check-off program. Gary was also a strong champion for the Purdue Student New Uses Corn Contest that encourages college students to find innovative new uses for corn, and his farm was a frequent stop for students and international trade teams. In 2008 he was selected to represent Indiana in the Syngenta "Leadership At It's Best" program.

Gary was known for his great sense of humor, and his love of family, history and agriculture. He always was striving to be a good steward of the land. He enjoyed entertaining family and friends at cookouts on his farm.

Survivors along with his wife, Kathleen; include his mother, Clara Lamie; and three sisters: Kathy (Terry) Stevens of Parker City; Linda (Norman) Bower of Davenport, Iowa; and Brenda (Jake) Burton of Lafayette. Other family members include his in-laws, Walter and Patsy Schafer of Lafayette, two sisters-in-law, Susan Schafer of Lafayette and Marcia Schafer of Westfield, and two brothers-in-law, Tim (Natalie) of West Lafayette, and Steve (Kit) of Brookston. Nieces and nephews include, Mike Burton and Beth Rivas of Lafayette, R.J. Burton of Fishers, Jay and Lee Bower of Davenport, Iowa, Mitch Stevens of Brownsburg, Charlie Stevens of Ft. Wayne, and Lindy Stevens of Halethorpe, Md. Gary had 15 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth; and his brother, Stephen.

Memorial contributions may be made to Food Finders food pantry in Lafayette, the United Way "Read to Succeed" program and the Christ United Methodist Church. Hippensteel Funeral Home entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com.

Published in the Journal & Courier from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27, 2013
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