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He met his wife, Sarah Farley of over 42 years, at the age of 15. They dated through high school and graduated from Lake Highlands High School in 1973. After graduating he went on to study aircraft maintenance and become an aircraft mechanic/inspector.
In 1984 Gary and Sarah moved to Rice, TX to raise their two daughters. He worked as an aircraft mechanic in Dallas for several years until 1996 when he decided to open his own business at the Corsicana Airport to be closer to home so he could attend his daughters' activities.
Gary always had a passion for history, airplanes, camping, airshows, playing catch with his children and grandchildren and his family. He was a talented artist and writer. He enjoyed building dioramas and researching World War II history as well as his family history. He spent countless hours researching the administrators, instructors and cadets of the Corsicana Field during its operation during World War II. This let to founding the Glen Cumbie Museum in order to preserve its history. This museum was his pride and joy, other than his family.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. Sarah was undoubtedly the love of his life. He loved her fiercely. His daughters were the joy of his life. He was their biggest cheerleader and always proud of every accomplishment. I think it is safe to say his most favorite title of all was, "Grandpa." He had a unique relationship with each of them. He was truly at his happiest when he was in their presence.
He was preceded in death by his parents, E.H and Tommie Jo Farley.
He is survived by his wife Sarah Farley; children Lindsay Pugh and husband Justin of Athens, Brennan German and husband Heath of Rice; grandchildren Alexis, Reagan, Ava, Rhett, and Chase; sisters Rita Wolfe and husband Curtis of Grapevine and Marsha Bouchard and husband Jerry of Canyon City, Colorado; brothers Bobby Farley and wife Patricia of Grapevine and brother Larry Farley of Greenville, along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 at Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home with Bob Moehring officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Corsicana Field Aviation Heritage Foundation at the Community National Bank, American Heart association, or the Navarro county humane society.
An online guest book is available at www.griffin-roughton.com
Arrangements by Griffin-Roughton Funeral Home
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