Gary Wayne Bull

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Gary Wayne Bull

Gary Wayne Bull, 71, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2020 in Kirkland, WA with his family at his side following a hard fought battle with gastric cancer.

Born at Castle Air Force Base in Merced, CA on July 12, 1949 to William and Laura Reynolds Bull, Gary grew up in Scotia, New York. After graduating from Scotia Glenville Sr. High School, Gary enrolled in the GE Apprentice Program and became a tool and die maker. In 1975, Gary moved to Washington State where he met the love of his life, Sue Thielen. They were married May 21, 1982 and eventually made their home in the town of Gold Bar. Together, they raised four children, (Jacquie, Jay, Carmen and Aimee Thielen).

Gary worked as a machinist for Fluke and Procam before starting his own machining business, Three Rivers Manufacturing. Considered a master at his trade, some of his work even ended up on Mars!

Working on old cars and motorcycles, cooking, and putting together elaborate wooden mechanical kits were some of his favorite pastimes. He was an avid reader of any genre book and his love of music encompassed many styles. His sisters will miss talking with him about what he was cooking for dinner (he was creating culinary delights even when he could no longer enjoy them himself)  as well as some of his favorite shows such as Survivor, Alone, Game of Thrones, Curse of Oak Island and anything BBC, just to name a few.

Anyone who met Gary will tell you that family was everything to him. Throughout his life he was always the person you could count on for advice or guidance, a shoulder to cry on, someone to celebrate with you or just a listening ear. He was never more than a phone call away. We will all miss his wonderful laugh and awesome bear hugs!

Gary was predeceased by two grandsons, Kyle Wayne Thielen and Jon Kyle Thielen. Left to cherish his memory are his parents, William and Laura Bull, wife Sue, children Jacquie, Jay, Carmen and Aimee Thielen, sisters Gayle (Richard) Jurney, Diane (Frederick) Bahr, and Linda (John) O’Brien, grandchildren, Eli (Kayla) Thielen, Kassandra (Nolan) Lansing, Noah and Laurali Thielen, Guinevere and Eleanor DeRuischer, great grandchildren, Cody Crone and Donavan, Jaxon and Freyja Lansing.

We, the family would like to thank Dr. Carol vanHaelst and the staff at the Halvorson Cancer Center for the wonderful care they gave Gary while he was undergoing treatment. He spoke so highly of everyone there. Sincere gratitude to the staff at Evergreen Health Hospice Care Center for providing Gary with comfort when we could no longer provide it at home. Their gentle, compassionate care allowed us to just be family and be by his side.

Funeral services will be private. Please consider making a donation to the Autism Society of America, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, or the American Cancer Association in Gary’s memory.

2 Responses to “Gary Wayne Bull”

  • Kim Watson says:

    Gary was a great guy. Our thoughts are with all of you right now as you try and cope with your loss. God bless.

  • Richard G Morton says:

    I only knew Gary remotely through a shared hobby, but he was helpful and very kind to me. I will remember him.

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