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Gary Lynn Goodpaster
June 1, 1947 ~ January 13, 2024 (age 76) 76 Years Old
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Gary L. Goodpaster, 76, of Boonville, MO, passed away Saturday, January 13, 2024, at Riverdell Care Center in the Memory Care Unit. Gary was born in Troy, OH, on June 1, 1947 to Walter and Della Goodpaster. Gary married Cheryl Trick on July 22, 1972, and they were married 51½ years.
Gary is survived by his wife, Cheryl, his sister Debbie (Terry) Comer of Piqua, OH, extended family, and a great group of friends for almost 50 years. He was preceded in death by his parents and sisters: Betty, Tina, and Bonnie.
Gary served in the USAF in intelligence in the Vietnam War. Following his military service, Gary was fortunate to be employed in a field he loved, working for Winchester, followed by Browning, and then retiring from Ducks Unlimited.
Gary was a wonderful husband and enjoyed exploring the United States. In married life, Gary and Cheryl travelled to all 50 states. Gary was an avid waterfowl and upland game hunter but was just as content to simply observe nature; he loved the outdoors. Gary was a life-long learner, a lover of history, and a fervent reader.
In Gary’s passing the world has lost a reverent, intelligent, thoughtful and kind man of integrity. He will be dearly missed by all who were lucky enough to know him and blessed to call him friend.
Gary lived a healthy and full life until being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. His last seven months were spent at Riverdell Care Center where not only did he receive exceptional care but where he and Cheryl were both treated like family by the amazing staff there.
Following Gary’s wishes, there will be no funeral or memorial services. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Gary’s name to Ducks Unlimited, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120 (www.ducks.org) or Riverdell Care Center, 1121 11th Street, Boonville, MO 65233.