BUCKEYE, Ariz. — Gary Gene Stickney, 69, was born in Carbondale, to parents John and Geraldine Stickney. He passed away March 30.
Since age 5, Gary lived in Springfield. He graduated from Lanphier High School in 1967 and then Eastern State University in Charleston, Ill. Upon graduating high school, he signed for six years with the U.S. Navy and with the U.S. Army for 20 years as a Chaplain Colonel.
Gary served in the United Methodist Church as civilian and military ministry for over 25 years until retirement. He grew up in the Kumler Springfield, Ill., church.
His late wife, Jane, and he were married in 1981 at Ottawa First United Methodist Church and served many churches and military assignments. In 2010, he moved to Surprise, Ariz., and retired completely. He resided in Buckeye, Ariz., until his death.
Left behind to cherish his memory are his spouse, Danny Stickney; children, Justin Stickney, of Phoenix, and Sarah Ann (Stickney) Maretta, of Ottawa; and numerous grandchildren.
Final interment will be determined with Gary’s spouse, Danny Stickney.
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