OBITRUARY: Garry O. Stukey

Garry 0. (G.0.) Stukey, Jr., 80; of Newton, passed away Saturday, July 25, 2020, at

Newton Medical Center, following a brief illness. Garry was born Sept. 15, 1939, in

Hoisington, to Ella and Gerald Stukey. He was a 1957 graduate of Newton High School. He served proudly in the United States Marine Corp and was honorably discharged. Following his military service, he attended barber college in Wichita, which after, he began his barber career in Salina. It was in Salina where he met the love of his life and on June 28, 1959, he was united in marriage to Donna Jo (Brichacek) Stukey in Lucas, who survives of the home. To this union three children were born. Garry Stukey III (deceased 2014), MarIa Stukey and Gregg Stukey. Garry and Donna re-located to Newton, when Garry became employed as a part-time barber alongside his mother who operated Stukey’s Barber and Beauty Salon in

Newton for several years. At that same time, Garry also accepted full-time employment with the Santa Fe Railroad as a locomotive engineer, a position he held until his retirement. Garry was a very loving and devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoyed spending time with friends and family, and especially enjoyed Kansas Jayhawks basketball. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church of Newton and was also a member of Newton Masonic Temple. In addition to his loving spouse of 61 years, Donna J. Stukey, survivors include daughter, Maria J. (Mark) Smith and son, Gregg 0. (Robin) Stukey, all of Newton. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as his beloved dog Odee and beloved cat, Taz. He was preceded in death by his parents, Gerald and Ella Stukey, half-siblings, Eddy and Bobby Meacham, and a son, Garry 0. Stukey III.

Cremation has taken place with a private graveside service to take place in the near future for immediate family members.

A book will be available for friends to sign from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Petersen Funeral Home in Newton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials and donations are suggested be made to C/C Garry 0. Stukey, Jr. Memorial for Caring Hands Humane Society, in care of Petersen Funeral Home 215 N. Main St., Newton, Kan., 67114.