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Gary Gene Ayres, 70 – Passed November 26, 2021

Gary Gene Ayres, 70, of Humansville, Missouri, passed away November 26, 2021.

Gary was born to parents Gene and Geraldine (DeLoach) Ayres on May 12, 1951 in Glendale, Arizona.

He attended Cabool High School when his family resided at Cabool, Missouri.

Gary met Ruth Ann Ayres in Phoenix, Arizona and they married on January 15, 1977. Together, they raised two children, Megan Calfee and Bethany Ayres.

There are no words to describe Gary; his children remember him as a true jack of all trades. Many of those trades were in the interest of helping others.

Gary proudly served his country as a combat engineer for the U.S. Marine Corps for six years and later served in the U.S. Naval Reserves. Gary was a man of many adventures, and he worked hard to provide for his family. His children remember getting to travel a lot growing up.

Gary was deeply invested in preserving history and stories that would have otherwise been forgotten. Advancing these efforts, he wrote many articles for magazines and newspapers, authored a book, and spoke about history and genealogy. He was active in the Sons of Confederate Veterans, veteran organizations and state and local history societies. Gary was a Master Mason for the Stockton, Missouri, Lodge.

He leaves a legacy of a handyman, but don’t be fooled, he made amazing sweet potato pies. He loved the open road and riding motorcycles with his brothers and cousins.

Gary is survived and loved by daughters Megan (Jeremy) Calfee and Bethany Ayres; grandchildren Kendrick Calfee, Jessica Mires, Peyton Calfee, James Mires, Alexander Calfee, Natalie Calfee, Caitlyn Mooneyham, Ryan Adamson, Joshua Adamson, Alexander Adamson and Savannah Adamson; and great-granddaughter Ellie Mooneyham. He is also survived by his mother, Geraldine Ayres; three brothers, John Ayres, Jesse Ayres and Jade Ayres; numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, sisters-in-law and John Adamson, friend of the family.

He was proceeded in death by his father, Gene Ayres; brothers Roy Ayres and Alfred Ayres; nephew Toby Ayres; and granddaughter Rylie Adamson.

Services were at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at Rondo Baptist Church on Highway 83 and East 340th Road.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Butler Funeral Home in Bolivar, Missouri.