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Gary R. Dodson

June 29, 2015

St. Marys- Gary Ray Dodson, 55, passed away Monday, June 29, 2015 in Topeka.


He was born July 15, 1959 at Tulsa, OK, the son of Lawrence Dodson and Sue Turner Trusty.  He graduated from Webster High School in Tulsa.


Gary was a fabricator/welder in his early years.  His daily life was surrounded by his beloved kids (pets) Jazzie and KOKO.  He enjoyed cooking and gardening.  He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  Gary was very proud of his nephew, John Charles Andrick, watching him grow from a young boy to the person he is today.


He and Mary DeLeye met in 1983; they were united in marriage on June 20, 1992 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in St. Marys.  She survives of the home. Gary and Mary moved in with her mother as caregivers for her after she suffered a severe stroke in 2012.  Agnes was a “Mother” to him.


Other survivors include his father, Lawrence Dodson, Stillwell, OK; his mother, Sue Trusty, Tulsa, OK; children, Jeremy Dodson and Amanda Dodson both of Tulsa, whom he loved in his own special way; sister, Christine (Jack ) Vice, Tulsa;  half-sisters, Marguerite (Ronnie) Rush, Tahlequah, OK; and Laura (Bryan) Hathaway, Scappoose, OR; brother-in-law John (Janel) DeLeye, Topeka; sister-in-law, Marsha (Mark) Becker, St. Marys; two nephews, John and Dalton; two nieces, Macy and Brooklyn and a longtime friend, Bill Smith, SC.


He was preceded in death by his step-father, Donald Trusty, half-sister, Stephanie Lang and brother-in-law, Terry Andrick.


Funeral services will be at 10:30 A.M. Monday, July 6, 2015 at Piper Funeral Home in St. Marys.  Gary will lie in state and the family will receive friends after 9:00 A.M. Monday at the funeral home.  Interment will be in Mt. Calvary Cemetery, St. Marys.  Memorial contributions may be made to the Gary R. Dodson Memorial Fund to be designated at a later date and sent in care of the funeral home.



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17 thoughts on “Gary R. Dodson

  1. Mary and family,
    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

    Gene and Debbie Quirarte

  2. We are keeping you and your family in our prayers. You have our deepest sympathy for your loss of Gary. He was someone special in your life and he will be greatly missed.
    Rick and Diane Budden

  3. Our deepest condolences to Mary and family, Gary was my ex-brother in law the father of my nephew Jeremy and niece Amanda, so sorry for your loss. You’re in our thoughts and prayers.

  4. Gary was a loving nephew to myself and his uncle Billy.we still remember him as a young blond haired little boy,who we have always loved,and never forgotten.he’s always in our memories,love aunt Carolyn and uncle Billy.

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you Mary. Gary was a good friend and I considered him a brother. I will miss him very much.

    Bill Smith

  6. Our thoughts and prayers go out for Gary and his wife, Mary, and his family. All our love & blessings, Janice and Ray Stewart, and children & families

  7. God bless you on your time of sorrow. You spent and shared a lot of good memories. You are a special friend. Love you.

  8. Mary and family,

    So sorry to hear about Gary. You will be in our thoughts. Take care.

    Dale, Shelly, Ezra & Eliza Rezac

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