Gary Ancell McDonald, 76, of Caldwell, Kansas passed away at his home on March 1, 2023. Gary was born and raised in Caldwell graduating from Caldwell High School in 1965. After attending college, Gary proudly served in the United States Army as a team member and specialist assigned to a Pershing Nuclear Missile Battery in Germany.
In 1975, Gary married Gayla Scribner in Caldwell and together they raised two girls, Lacy and Tally. For 42 years, Gary was known as the go-to agricultural parts specialist in the area John Deere dealerships. Many of his customers refused to deal with any other staff member because each believed that only Gary understood their individual farm equipment needs.
Gary treasured his family, his many fishing trips, and his life-long friends Randy, Lee, Don, and Byron. He spent his free time in his “barn” working, or tinkering some might say, on home projects while having a cold one. He enjoyed telling a story, especially for a good laugh.
He was preceded in death by his parents G.E. and Lucille (Ancell) McDonald, brother Glenford, and father-in-law Max Scribner.
Gary is survived by his wife Gayla; daughters Lacy Turek (Greg) of Caldwell and Tally VanZant (Garrett) of South Haven; grandchildren Slate, Coal, and Sage VanZant, Jagger, Josie and Flint Turek; sister Gweneth Reeder-West of Wichita; sisters-in-law Lucinda Wood (Colin) of Caldwell, and Lucy McDonald of League City, Texas; mother-in-law Kathryn Scribner of Caldwell; and special cousin Joan (Ancell) Owens of Choctaw, Oklahoma.
Graveside services will he held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, March 4, 2023 at the Caldwell City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Caldwell Historical Society or to the Caldwell Regional Medical Center and sent in care of the mortuary.