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Gary Dale Grindstaff, 64, of Centralia, Missouri, passed away on April 3, 2021.
A Celebration of Life will be held at the Harrisburg Lions Club, 120 East Sexton Street, Harrisburg, Missouri, on Saturday, April 10, 2021, from 2pm-6pm.
On Saturday, April 3, 2021, Gary left this earth and has gone fishin’. He is now in a place where he is free of pain and suffering, where there is no such thing as cancer. A place filled with blue skies and crystal blue lakes with no limit on the number, size, or length of crappie he can catch. Trust me, he is in Heaven!
Gary was born on June 7, 1956 to Jessie Carson and Emma Jane (Shipe) Grindstaff.
On June 25, 1977, Gary married the love of his life, Roberta (Robin) Lynn Vogt and they have three children.
Gary retired from Iron Workers Union Local #396 in 2011. After retirement, he enjoyed spending time with his family, fishing, hunting, golfing, and tinkering in his shop.
He was the resident go-to guy for anything, from telling you how to spell a word or solve a math equation, from fixing your broken reel to repairing your tractor.
He was preceded in death by his father, Jessie Carson Grindstaff; his grandparents, Aubrey and Dorothy Grindstaff, and Tom and Essie Shipe.
Gary was surrounded by the love of many. He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Robin Grindstaff; his children: Jessica Marie Norden, (Ryan); Samuel Ross Grindstaff, (Melissa); McKenzie Jade Wanner, (Frank); his grandchildren: Brendan Gray, Aiden and Ava Grindstaff, Carson, Mya, and Elsie Wanner, Hope Norden, and his beloved dog Tess; his mother, Emma and step-father, Kenneth Zimmerman; his brothers: Douglas Wayne Grindstaff, Mikel Lloyd (Cathy) Grindstaff, and Gregory Kirk (Debbie) Grindstaff; his father and mother-in-law, Bob and Linda Vogt; sisters and brothers-in-law Mike and Christi Burwell and Dan and Michelle Vogt; his step-siblings Candace Palmer, Bethany Hall, and Tim Zimmerman and their families; as well as many nieces and nephews whom he held dear to his heart.
Memorial contributions are suggested to Cancer Research Institute
Cancer Research Institute
29 Broadway, Floor 4
New York, NY 10006-3111
Megan Sievers says
I love you to the moon and back, uncle Gary, and miss you so very much. Enjoy your peace and serenity, sweet man. Xoxo
Robin, so sorry you had to say goodbye to Yogi for now! My heart goes out to you and your family. Until you meet again, hold tight to your memories. While they may make you sad right now you will treasure them later on and they will bring you a smile to your face.
Patricia Runkle says
Thinking of you all and remembering Gary as one of the really good guys. Always kind, easy going and enjoyable to be around.
Michelle Vogt says
Gary Dale, you’ll never be forgotten!!! Too good of a brother to forget! Until we meet again. Love you
Barb Calvin says
Sending love and prayers to the family. RIP Gary. Cherish the time you shared.
Jackie Coskey says
What a kind and genuine man Gary was. In time your beautiful memories will give way to sadness and bring you smiles and joy. Love and hugs to all.
Tom & Sandy Smith says
Robin and family, I am very sorry to hear about Gary. He is out of pain now and he gave it a really good fight! Although I am not in town for the Celebration of Life, I send you much love & 1,000 hugs!
Stan and Cathy says
It’s truly ironic how the world turns. From all those days growing up in the neighborhood then reconnecting because of your lovely bride and her family! May God continue to give your family strength and know how much we loved you.
Gary and Donna Blakemore says
Robin and family, our hearts are broken, but also filled with some amazing memories. The stories our Gary’s could tell! May God continue to comfort you during these difficult days. Hugs, and much love.
Billy & Carolyn says
Robin & family, we are so very sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in knowing “Yogi” is in a much better place, free of pain and suffering. OrYers and hugs to all.
Don Reed says
Catch all you can old friend, find the good spots and we will fish together again someday
Gary and Stacy Gordey says
Such a generous soul. Rest good man. May each day bring a warm memory to your family until you meet again. Sending you all hugs.