Gary Meyer

Gary Henry Meyer, 84, of Penrose, CO, passed away Tuesday, September 5 at the Forget Me Not Memory Care home in nearby Florence.

Gary was surrounded by his family and friends in the days and minutes preceding his death and was in the warm embrace of his wife of nearly 24 years when Jesus finally called him home after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease.

Gary was born October 28, 1932 to Alfred and Marguerite (Dieterich) Meyer in Fargo, ND. Growing up and spending his formative adolescent years on the family dairy farm taught Gary his impeccable work ethic and incredible ingenuity. After losing both his parents at a young age, Gary graduated from West Fargo High School in 1950 and left the family farm to share his numerous talents with several companies throughout his career (Woolworths, KXMB TV, Ralston Purina and Globe Life United American).

Gary also spent time as a ranch hand in the scenic Sandhills of Nebraska and served as a Citizen Airman in the Bismarck Civil Air Patrol. As his insurance career wound down, his life-long love for the Ol’ West, leatherwork and fast-draw gun belts led him to meet his wife, Sandy. Their leather business, Classic Leather Designs, was a source of many wonderful friendships throughout the country. Gary loved people and a good conversation. He was right at home meandering though the many trade-shows they attended in his cowboy boots, custom cowboy hat and sharply pressed wranglers - looking for an ear to bend.

Gary will be remembered for his kind smile, quick wit, and honest-to-goodness chivalry. He had a clever one-liner for nearly every situation you could encounter. He was dearly loved by many.

Gary is survived by his wife (Sandy) and stepson (Tom), Gary’s adult children (Laurie, Hollie, Lee, Clay, Wendy, Clint and Travis and their spouses), a sister (Elinor), 22 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Gary was preceded in death by his parents and siblings (Lawrence, Emily, Allen, Leroy, Robert, and Arleigh).

A celebration of life service will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, September 16th at Mountain View Community Church (200 Justice Center Rd, Canon City, CO 81212). Service arrangements are under the care of Holt Funeral Home (719.275.4113). In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to be directed to one of the following: Canon Cowboy Church, First Baptist Church of Canon City or Sangre de Cristo Hospice.

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