Gary M. Kometz, 57
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July 4, 1954 ~ May 15, 2012
Funeral services celebrating the life of Gary M. Kometz, 57, of Sauk Rapids will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2012 at the Daniel Funeral Home Chapel in St. Cloud. Gary passed away on Tuesday, May 15, 2012 at the St. Cloud Hospital after a brief battle with cancer, with family by his side. Reverend Stephen Valentine will officiate. Burial will be in Assumption Cemetery, St. Cloud.
Family and friends may call between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Thursday and after 9:00 a.m. on Friday at the Daniel Funeral Home.
Gary was born on July 4, 1954 in St. Cloud, Minnesota to Wilfred and Darlene (Franke) Kometz. He attended St. Mary's Cathedral Elementary, Cathedral High School and graduated from Tech High School in 1972. He then went to St. Cloud Vo-Tech College and earned his degree in Automotive Mechanics. Gary married Alisa Gore on August 20, 1983 in Alexandria. He lived in the St. Cloud area all of his life, the last 15 years in Sauk Rapids. Gary was most recently employed as an Automotive Technician for St. Cloud Hyundai.
Gary was an avid racer, racing at the Golden Spike Speedway. He also enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and pets, car shows and working on cars.
He is survived by his wife, Alisa of Sauk Rapids; son, Matt (Jessica Lynn) of Sartell; brother, Jamie (Mary Jo) of St. Joseph; step-mother, Helen Kometz of Cold Spring; mother-in-law, Lois Gore of Bradenton, FL; and brother-in-law, Phil Gore of Crystal.
He was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Brian; infant sister, Jody; father-in-law, Ronald Gore; grandparents, Gilbert and Clara Franke; and uncle, Tom Franke.
Published in the St. Cloud Times on May 16, 2012