Gary Ronald Pettinger passed away peacefully Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012, from complications associated with kidney cancer.
He was born in Emmett, Idaho, on Sept. 2, 1941, to Ralph and Bernadette Rivord Pettinger, the oldest of nine children.
After graduating from Emmett High School in 1959, he joined the U.S. Navy and served as a petty officer second class sonar man. He was stationed on the USS Norfolk DL-1 and served during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
In 1963, Gary married Ann Hooper of Queens, N.Y. Together they had three sons. He was proud of his sons' accomplishments and considered himself blessed with wonderful daughters-in-law. They returned to Idaho shortly after leaving the Navy, and Gary had a long career with AT&T. Ann passed away in 1998.
He enjoyed golfing, hunting, fishing, camping, backpacking and competitive target shooting. He began as a sharpshooter and rose to rifleman, winning various medals over a 10-year period. While his sons were growing up, he served as the assistant scoutmaster for Troop 310 for 12 years. He sang in the Holy Rosary Choir for 33 years, retiring just last May. Helping to make music on Sundays was his joy. He was also board secretary for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
In 2001, he remarried and shared 11 happy years with his wife, Karen.
He is survived by his wife, Karen; his brothers and sisters, Dean Pettinger of Twin Falls, Don (Chris) Pettinger, Susanne Daniels, John (Cheryl) Pettinger and Richard Pettinger, all of Boise, Anna Pettinger of Portland and Steve (Karen) Pettinger of Vancouver, Wash.; his three sons, Gary Michael (Karin) Pettinger, CDR, USN (Ret.) of Virginia, Matthew Reese Pettinger, LCDR, USN (Ret.) of California, and Robert David Pettinger (Raluca) of Boise; two stepchildren, Jeanne Renee Anderson (Corey) of Maryland and Keith C. (Karen) Tate of Delaware; and seven grandchildren, Margaret, Brendan, Sean, Daniel, Elliot, Averil and Colin.
A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 145 Ninth St. in Idaho Falls, with Father Raul Covarrubias as celebrant. Burial will follow in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls with military rites under the direction of the Bonneville County Veterans Team. A rosary will be recited from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday with a viewing following from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls.
The family suggests donations may be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society, 433 May St., Idaho Falls, ID 83401.
Online condolences for the family may be left at www.buckmillerhann.com.