Gerald "Wayne" Gott(1940 - 2014)

Gerald "Wayne" Gott, 73, passed away in his sleep on Thursday, March 27, 2014, in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

He was born Dec. 16, 1940, to Vernon and Mabel Clevenger Gott in Little York, Ill.

On Jan. 25, 1964, he married the love of his life, Christine Carr, in Monmouth, Ill.

Our father loved this country, automobiles, all things mechanical and carpentry. Dad served in the United States Marine Corps from 1958 to 1964 specializing as a heavy-equipment operator. He and our loving mother worked side-by-side throughout their marriage providing for their family. They were self-employed for most of their married life in automotive body and mechanical repair. They owned an auto-body shop in Illinois and several service stations in Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Idaho -- finally retiring from long-haul trucking in 2007. Dad was sought out for his talent in engine repair and welding which he taught at Carl Sandburg Junior College in Illinois. He also had a gift for the carpentry work that he learned from his father; putting his skills to work on countless remodeling jobs.

Wayne is survived by his wife of 50 years, Christine; two daughters, Kimberly (Lance) Anderson and Kelly Lively (Jim Wojciechowski), both of Idaho Falls; four grandchildren, Tonya Rugg, Stormy Anderson, Kyla Lively and David Wayne Lively; four sisters, Beverly (Weldon) Earp, Pauline (Tom) Miller, Sharon Eagle and Karen (Thomas) Miller.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Vernon and Mabel; and his beloved brother, Roger (Mardi ) Gott.

Wayne was a loving father, husband, grandfather and friend to all.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, March 31, at Buck-Miller-Hann Funeral Home, 825 E. 17th St. in Idaho Falls, with Bob Sherwood officiating. Burial will follow in Fielding Memorial Park Cemetery in Idaho Falls, with military rites under the direction of the Bonneville Veterans Team and the Idaho National Guard. A viewing for family and friends will be held one hour prior to the services at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggest donation be given to , Attn: Donor Services, 6126 W. State St., Suite 305, Boise, ID 83703, or online at,

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Funeral Home

Buck Miller Hann Funeral Home & Cremation Services
825 E 17th Street Idaho Falls, ID 83404
(208) 522-7424

Published in Post Register on Mar. 30, 2014