Gary Brady, age 66 of Sparta, Missouri passed away Saturday, August 25, 2018 in Mercy Hospital. He left this world after a lengthy series of illness, including leukemia and complications after his single dose of chemotherapy. Gary was born July 30, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois the son of John E. and Helen (Parulis) Brady and grew up in the Kansas City area.
Gary was a huge K.C. Chiefs fan and Royals as well. He also had many loves, he loved his family, loved his God and spoke often of his faith and prayed daily. There never was a specific thing that defined Gary, but he was a proud patriotic veteran in the United States Air Force and served during the Viet-Nam War. Most of his hobbies favored his personality of putting a smile on peoples faces, his love of photography, genealogy and sharing a good Cherry Coke or Dr. Pepper, especially from Sonic with extra cherries. Gary also helped his best friend with electrical setups on several Sonic Drive-In locations. Additionally he was a truck driver, a furniture mover, CAD draftsman, entrepreneur, business owner and manager. He loved his community and served as councilman for the city of Sparta. Gary was a great story teller and often recounted tales of his life and could always make others laugh. Gary wanted to make this world a better place and he accomplished his mission. The world will be a little dimmer without Gary’s light, but his light shines in Heaven.
Gary is survived by his wife Denia; two children from his first marriage and he gained two additional children with his marriage to Denia; he is also survived by four brothers and three sisters. Gary was blessed with eleven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren and counted all his beloved pets as family. He was preceded in death by his parents and a sister.
Memorial funeral services with full military honors for Gary will be 2:00 P.M., Friday, September 7, 2018 at Missouri Veterans Cemetery, 5201 South Southwood Road, Springfield, Missouri, 65804. Cremation and service arrangements under the care of Barnes Family Funeral Home, Ozark. On line condolences may be shared at www.barnesfamilyfunerals.com.