Gary Dean Pruess , 69, of Lindale, TX
passed away on August 14, 2021. He was born April 20, 1952 in Denver, CO to Hugo Pruess, Jr and Viola Grace Wagner of Brighton. He married Linda Stathem in July 1971. They lived in Oregon, Colorado, Oklahoma and Texas over their 49 years together.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents and his only brother, Ron. He is survived by his wife, Linda, daughter Katie Pruess (Christopher Renz) of Philadelphia, PA and 2 adopted daughters Tanya Bergren (Geoff) and family of Lindale,TX; and Barbara Lupold-Steiner (Juri) and sons of Lenzburg, Switzerland and his niece, Kalene Weinholdt Reidinger (Chris)of Meeker, CO.
Gary traveled most of the western United States during his 40 year career driving an 18 wheel truck. He loved driving, travel (which included several countries), renovating houses and adored his family. His favorite days were those with his wife and daughters. Gary, in free time, could often be found on his John Deere Tractor or playing with his dogs, and cat Minzi.
Gary served for over ten years as a 4-H Leader in Colorado. He worked with 4-H members on many projects during the years, a Fair Livestock Superintendent and Co-Leader in the Douglas County Leadership Council. He also served as a Co-Leader of the Exchange program escorting 14 youth to Alaska. Gary loved kids and youth. He, with Linda hosted exchange students from Up With Youth, from Japan, Austria in The IFYE 4-H program and their adopted daughter Barbara from Switzerland for a year as part of the FYI program.
He was a very active member of the First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, OK. He served as the head Trustee and lead in Security for several years. He was involved in the Methodist Men's Group and the projects they worked on. Gary went on the Walk to Emmaus in 2019 at Cross Point in Oklahoma. He served in the Lake Country District UMC as an Assistant Lay Leader.
His family and friends will miss him and pray for his eternal rest in heaven.
His memorial service will be on September 18 at 10:00am at the First United Methodist Church of Eufaula, 241 Matthews Ln, Eufaula, OK. There will be a luncheon afterward. Please donate to the American Cancer Society
or Antiphospholipid Syndrome APS Foundation of America, Inc, PO Box 801, LaCrosse, WI 54602-0801 in lieu of flowers.
Published by Colorado Community Media on Sep. 1, 2021.