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Gary Wylie

Gary Eugene Wylie

Friday, July 1st, 1955 - Saturday, May 11th, 2019
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Gary Wylie was born on July 1, 1955 in Marion, Ohio to his parents, Frank and Mary. He was the middle of three children, his older brother, Mark, and his younger sister Janice. As a young man, Gary was involved in his church, student government, and several Ohio State youth government organizations.

As a college freshman, Gary ran for the Ohio House of Representatives as an independent. His candidacy was motivated by his frustration with corruption in government and his belief that the two major parties were not serving the interests of the people. Though he did not win, his 1,376 votes were far greater than the margin between the long-serving incumbent Democrat and the Republican challenger (267 votes) which not only contributed to the incumbent’s loss, but also the overall makeup of the Ohio legislature. His interest in, and frustration with, politics would last his whole life, mostly embodied in his debates with his son, Aaron, who Gary inadvertently drove to pursue a career in politics.

After graduating in 1978 from Kent State University with a degree in organizational behavior, Gary moved to Golden, Colorado where he met a woman named Nancy Tracy. Gary knew he would marry Nancy right away, and he told her so much sooner than is typically recommended, about two weeks into dating. Fortunately, he was right, his gamble paid off, and they married on September 1, 1979.

Gary spent his early career working as a programmer and project manager for several different banks and telecommunications companies. He started his computer business, Tune My PC, in 2003. It might be a surprise to some that Gary hated computers, but he put up with them so his clients didn’t have to. He loved helping people. He went on to build his business to be trusted, respected, and consistently recognized as “Best of the Best” award in Wheat Ridge, Colorado and the surrounding community.

Gary went on to be father to Kirsten Doukas and Aaron “Jack” Wylie, father-in-law to Evan Doukas and Lisette Rome, and grandfather to Hannah Doukas, whom he loved more than anyone or anything in the entire world.

Nancy led Gary to accept Jesus as his savior, and his faith and relationship with God guided the remainder of his life. Though he struggled at times, as all men of God do, he was a constant leader, mentor, and servant to those in his church, his men’s prayer group, and his community.

What Gary enjoyed most was simply spending time with Nancy. Their favorite thing to do was go out for dinner on Tuesday nights followed by a trip to the thrift store. Gary also treasured Nancy’s art. He was her earliest fan and provided constant encouragement and support. He spoke of himself only as her “sherpa” because he carried things to and from art shows and festivals, but really his support was critical to her becoming a nationally recognized artist.

Fame and fortune were never Gary’s goals. All he wanted was to ensure his family was well cared for. It was constantly on his mind. To his last day, he asked himself whether he had done enough. As he now looks down upon this world from heaven, he will see that he succeeded many times over.

Gary loved fly fishing, not to catch fish, but just for the opportunity to stand alone in a river. If it was possible for a man to live only on vanilla ice cream, he would have.

He was an incredible man who embodied quiet honor, service to others, self-sacrifice, gentleness, humor, and love. Gary’s family and friends will miss his warmth, wisdom, extremely dry sense of humor, and love forever.

(In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Confluence Ministries:
confluenceministries.org/donate/)
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Location
    Aspen Arvada Chapel
    Address
    6370 Union Street
    Arvada, CO 80004
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  • Funeral Service

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 11:00am
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 11:00am
    Location
    Aspen Arvada Chapel
    Address
    6370 Union Street
    Arvada, CO 80004
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    Officiant
    Pastor Evan Doukas
  • Interment

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 12:30pm
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 12:30pm
    Location
    Arvada Cemetery
    Address
    5581 Independence Street
    Arvada, CO 80002
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  • Reception

    Monday, May 20th, 2019 | 1:00pm
    When
    Monday, May 20th, 2019 1:00pm
    Location
    Living Word Ministries
    Address
    11413 West Interstate 70 Frontage Road North
    Wheat Ridge, CO 80033
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Cousins Fred, Tom, and Bob Wylie sent flowers to the family of Gary Eugene Wylie.
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Cousins Fred, Tom, and Bob Wylie

Posted at 01:14pm
In Loving Memory of Gary. We pray the love of God enfolds you always.
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Lyn J

Posted at 12:45pm
My condolences to you all for the loss of your loved one
Gary. May these scriptures bring you all a measure of comfort and hope during this difficult time.

Revelation 21: 3, 4
With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his people. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.
LW

Larry E. Wylie

Posted at 08:34am
As cousins from three loving sons of our Grandparents, Ernest & Cora Wylie, we enjoyed a very good relationship. Even though, my father's military duty took us away, we always managed to get together as often as we could. I'm so glad I was able to reconnect with Gary and others through Facebook and will miss him. Prayers for The Lord's welcoming arms to Gary, and His comforting arms around his family.
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