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Gary Lewis Friend, 72, of Springfield, Mo.,
passed away peacefully at his home on Thursday, September 28, 2017.
Gary was born on September 12, 1945, in Neosho Mo., to Lyle and Alice Friend. Gary graduated high school, in Granby Mo., in 1963, and later went into the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1967.
Gary enjoyed playing golf, and loved placing bets on Cardinals baseball with his son, Randy, and in his final days he enjoyed spending time on the deck with his daughter, Ginger, and dog, Max, by his side. He was extremely proud of all of his family and especially loved his four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild, Grace Hobbs.
He is survived by his daughter, Ginger Fisher and her husband, Brad; his son, Randy Friend and wife, Deanna; granddaughter, Alysse Hobbs and her husband, Kiel; granddaughter, Makena Collins and her husband, Zac; a grandson, Mason Friend and his wife, Shaney; and a granddaughter, Bobbie Friend. Gary is also survived by the love of his life and mother of his children, Sandra Reynolds Friend. He is also survived by his siblings, Lloyd Friend and wife, Linda, Danny Friend and wife, Martha, Janet English and Steve Friend. He was preceded in death by his mother and father; and one great- grandchild. He also had many wonderful nieces and nephews and extended family.
The family will receive friends for a celebration of Gary's life on Sunday, October 1, from 2 - 4 p.m. at Greenlawn Funeral Home South, 441 West Battlefield, Springfield, MO 65807. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, October 2, at the Granby Memorial Cemetery, Granby, where Gary will receive military honors.
Published on October 1, 2017
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