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Gary L. Lager

Gary L. Lager

Gary L. Lager, 64, of Sioux Falls passed away at Avera McKennan Dougherty Hospice surrounded by family on Thursday, April 24, 2014, after a short, but courageous battle with cancer. Funeral services will begin at 11:00 am Wednesday, April 30, 2014 at Celebrate Church, 1000 S. Sycamore Ave. Sioux Falls with interment at Hills of Rest Memorial Park. Visitation will begin at 12:00 pm Tuesday at Miller Funeral Home, 507 S. Main Ave. Sioux Falls with the family present to greet friends from 5:00-7:00 pm Tuesday.

Gary Lynn Lager, son of Charles and Ruth (Lambert) Lager was born on February 28, 1950 at Mitchell, SD. He grew up in Artesian, SD where he graduated from Artesian High School in 1968. Gary continued his education by earning a Bachelors Degree in business and physical education from Dakota State College in Madison, SD.

Gary was united in marriage with Donna Jans on December 28, 1974 in Sioux Falls, SD. After their wedding, they lived in Idaho for two years where they were blessed with a daughter, Jennifer. They returned to Sioux Falls where they were blessed with second daughter, Melissa. Gary worked in insurance sales for Globe Life. The family made a short-term move to Fargo, ND, then returned to Sioux Falls where they made their permanent home. Gary continued to work with Globe Life, as well as working with Gary Cones Amoco and FM Acoustical Tile in Tea, SD. Gary retired in 2012, but quickly returned to part-time employment at Gary Cones Amoco.

Gary was lifelong outdoorsman where he liked fishing and was an avid hunter, and he enjoyed his annual pheasant hunts and annual deer hunting trips to Wood, SD.

Grateful for having shared his life and those who were especially close to his heart are his wife of 39 years, Donna Lager, Sioux Falls, SD; two daughters, Jennifer M. Pravecek and her husband, Dennie, Sioux Falls, SD, and Melissa A. Tschetter and her husband, Kyle, Sioux Falls, SD; six grandchildren, Cameron Parker, Mekayla, Madysen, and Dausyn Pravecek, Grace and Abram Tschetter; two brothers, Robert Lager and his wife, Barb, Miller, SD, and Donald Lager and his wife, Shirley, Sioux Falls, SD; a sister, Lila Jean Annis and her husband, Dick, Mesa, AZ; his best friend and hunting companion, Bailey; and a host of other special family members, including aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews and many friends.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents.