Gary L. Ivers

Gary L. Ivers, 59, of Kirkland, passed away Sunday, June 26, 2011 at Evergreen Hospice.  Our beloved son, brother, brother-in-law, uncle and friend was born January 12, 1952 in Brookings, South Dakota to Ferrol and Donna Ivers.  He was preceded in death by his father and sister (Nancy Ivers-Ojeda).  He is survived by his mother, sisters, Gail (John) Nelson, Peggy (Denny) Willis, brother, Craig (Alice), brother-in-law Jose Ojeda, and nephew Cory Willis.

In 1954 he moved with his family to Kirkland, Washington and was a lifelong resident of the Rose Hill area.

Gary was a good athlete.  As a young boy he played little league baseball.  In his teen years he played football and participated in track and field.  He graduated from Lake Washington High School in 1971.  While attending high school he became involved with drama and starred in many productions at the Cadle Theatre.  Later, he moved to Big Fork, Montana and worked on sets for their summer theater.

He loved music, and like his father before him was a talented musician and one of his favorite past times was getting together with friends and jamming. He also loved the sea; sailing was one of his passions.  Among his many adventures were sailing trips to Alaska and San Francisco. Nature and the outdoors were in his blood.  He loved hiking, camping, riding his motorcycle and traveling across the U.S.

Family and friends were a very important part of his life.  He spent a lot of time with his young nephew instilling in him a love of nature and the outdoors.  He made many lifelong friends.  One of his oldest friends said this about him: “Gary will be loved and always stay in our hearts and minds ~~ a truer friend a man has never had.”

We have lost him for now, but we will all be together again someday.

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