Gary Urban Naes, 71, died on February 10, 2020 in Desloge, St. Francois County, Missouri. He was born to Urban and Fern Naes on April 5, 1948. Gary grew up with five siblings: Tina Hicks, Joan (Jack) Caracci, Lisa (Richard) Skinner, Scott (Kathy) Naes, and Dale Naes. Gary met his wife, Sharon in 1966 where they worked together at Linco, Intl. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018. Together they raised a family of three children: Melanie (Derek) Hebda, Casey (Travis) Massman, and Jon (Joyce) Naes. Gary was a proud grandpa of seven grandchildren: Matthew, Nickolas, Jacob, Avery, Dakota, Brenek, and Dalton.
In 1968, Gary entered the U.S. Army and served his country honorably during the Vietnam War until 1971. Gary worked for The Coca-Cola Company as a bottler for more than 30 years.
Gary is survived by his wife, siblings, children, grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Gary will be remembered and loved as a jokester. He took great amusement in asking silly questions of suitors of family members at their introduction: “Derek, how much money do you make?” “Joy, how much do you weigh?” “Kathy, how long will you live in sin with my brother?” Heaven just got a whole lot more fun.
Gary had a special love for animals, dogs in particular. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Stray Rescue of Saint Louis.
Gone but not forgotten, alive in our memories.