Gary Ray Gormley, 77, of Kahoka, Missouri, passed away on Sunday, October 29, 2023, at Clark County Nursing Home in Kahoka.
Gary was born on January 3, 1946, in the old “Dr. Simpson’s” Hospital in Milan, Missouri, to Robert and Helen (Robertson) Gormley of Browning, Missouri.
On December 24th, 1965, he married Pamela Ann Reed of Milan and to this union two daughters were born.
He is survived by his wife Pam of the home, two daughters; Nancy (Jim) Bash and Roberta (Doug) Watson all of Kahoka, step-daughters Jill Shields of Milan and Niki Rooff of Arizona, five grandchildren; Emily (Matt) McDaniel, Jordan (Krista) Bash, Jamie (Caleb) Yates, Erin Bash and Alex Hopper, ten great grandchildren; Mason, Jameson, and Braelynn McDaniel, Mila, Crue, and Hudson Bash, Peyton, Bryer, Kaylie and Hunter Yates; Brother and Sister-In- Laws, Danny Reed of Kirksville, Janice and Kenny DeRyke of Milan, Anita and Bill Sullivan of Kirksville, Jaunita and Richard Lawrence of Kirksville, and Edmond Miller of Milan; a close cousin, James Edward and Kathy West and family, several nieces and nephews, and best friends, Marchal and Pat Roberts.
He was preceded in death by his parents, three sisters, Bonnie (Ralph) Richardson, Ella Louise “Sue” Miller and Nancy Margaret Gormley, one brother; Robert “Bob” (Bonnie Jean) Gormley, three nephews; Billy Wade Gormley, Chad Shipley and Jeff Richardson and several aunts, uncles and cousins.
Gary attended school in Browning, Missouri. He was drafted into the Army in January of 1966. He lived in Wayland, Browning, Kahoka and Milan during his lifetime, working at Charles Rice Lumber Company in Milan, Anchor Metals in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Dadant & Sons in Kahoka. Gary then owned and operated P&G Stop and Shop Café on the northside of the Milan Square for 20 years. He retired in 2014 and moved to Kahoka. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, but mainly enjoyed his grandchildren and great grandchildren. He loved listening to Country and Western music and was for sure to watch his Westerns every day, his favorite being, “Gunsmoke.” He also loved all dogs, especially Sunshine, Baby Girl, and Big Boy. Gary was a member of the United Methodist Church in Wayland.
Funeral services for Gary will be held 2:00 PM, Saturday, November 4, 2023 at Ruschmeier- Smith Funeral Home in Milan, Missouri. Burial will follow at Oakwood Cemetery in Milan. A visitation will be held one hour prior, starting at 1:00 PM, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the Clark County Nursing Home.