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Lonnie Carl Gayer

Lonnie Carl Gayer, 58, son of Louis Franklin and Rosa Wanona (Tucker) Gayer, was born December 22, 1956 in Wichita, Kansas. He went to rest in his heavenly home July 17, 2014 in Cabool, Missouri.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Louis and Wanona; two brothers, Andrew Gayer and Larry Gayer; and a brother-in-law, Jim Simons.

He is survived by his son, Ronnie Dean Gayer and wife Christina of Mtn. View, Missouri, and their two daughters, Christein, 11, and Zoda, 2 1/2; a daughter, Nina Pauline Gayer of Walters, Oklahoma, and her three daughters, Daisy, 9, Nancy, 8 and Danyle, 6; three brothers, Orval Gayer and wife Louise of Cabool, Delbert Gayer and wife Shirley of Cabool, and Lynn Gayer and wife Mary of Houston, Missouri; two sisters, Tresa Meisenheimer and husband John of Jackson, Missouri, and Bessie Simons of Wichita, Kansas; his closest and most loyal friend, his dog Chole; and many other relatives and friends.

Lonnie had many interests and this is what sparked his interest in different jobs. Lonnie went to Lawton, Oklahoma, after a tornado went through that town. He found work there as a maintenance man for a gentleman who owned rental property. The owner really liked Lonnie and since his son was uninterested in taking over the property, he willed it to Lonnie.

Lonnie also worked for Southwest AMC Theater as a rigger. This job took him to many states. He traveled to Disney World in Florida and then across the country to Disneyland in California, setting up movie screens and sound systems.

He was very friendly and outgoing, always making friends, never meeting a stranger. While in Oklahoma he began working at a lawn mower and small engine repair shop with George. They became good friends and had especially good times hanging out together. He also worked for a special couple, his neighbors Kelly and Bub in Oklahoma. He considered all of them and their families as brothers and sisters. They were always there for him. He had a special friend, Nancy Gee.

Lonnie loved to fish, play games, especially Farkle, and go to garage sales with George.
He was fun to be around, a real sweetheart, comedian and prankster. He kept you laughing, and if you didn’t see him, you would know where he was by that special laugh he had. He was a unique person, willing to help his family, friends and neighbors, pitching in to help fix anything, and happy to be of service. He really loved being a grandpa; what a joy his grandchildren were to him.

Lonnie was dad, grandpa, brother and friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, July 26, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in Brown Hill Baptist Church, Houston. Lonnie’s brothers Orval, Delbert and Lynn Gayer will speak.

Cremation was under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

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