Gary D. Lair, 79, of Smithville, MO passed away peacefully on May 18, 2022 at Riverside Place Facility. He was born to the late Reubin and Rosie Lair on May 20, 1942 in Leota, MO. He was married to the love of his life, Sharon, for nearly 25 years.
He was employed as an operating engineer in the Local 101 at various locations. He served in the Army National Guard. He loved Christ and was a member of the Family Worship Center in Smithville.
Gary was a man of great humor. He found joy in his practical jokes and was a keeper of great stories. He enjoyed dancing with his wife and spending a great amount of time with his family. He was a competitive archery shooter. He was a member of the SCI (Safari Club International) and traveled to places like Alaska, Northern British Columbia, Africa, and Zimbabwe as a big game hunter. Gary was proud of all the trophies he harvested including the 5th largest leopard in the world. He loved to garden and spend time outdoors. He would often give his neighbors and church members food to share.
He will be remembered for his great love of his family and will truly be missed by those who cherished him.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; children: Shelley (Tony Hallaba) Lair, Cristin (M. Scott) Allen, Cameron Lair; grandchildren: Alex Hallaba, Ava Allen, Eli Allen, and Alayna Lair; as well as his brother: Michael (Marilyn) Lair.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made for Lewy Body Dementia .