Gary Dale Means was born on July 31st, 1932 in Chicago Illinois. He passed away at the age of 88 at his home in Menifee with his wife and other family members by his side.
He is preceded in death by his parents, George and Elizabeth “Betty” Means as well as all of his siblings which include one sister and four brothers, Bob, Doris “Chippie”, George “Ribby”, James “Himey”, and Francis “ Sonny”.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years and his six children, (two sons and four daughters), Kenny, Bob, Susan, Karen, Dawn and Julie as well as 15 grandchildren and 17 great grandchildren.
He lived in San Pedro and worked at Todd shipyard for 26 years. He was a Chicago Cubs fan, loved to golf and watch the horse races.
Gary joined the Marine Corps at the age of 17. He served overseas three times during the Korean War aka “The forgotten war” where he took part in Inchon landing, securing of Seoul and the battle of The Chosin reservoir, (The Frozen Chosin.)
He also spent time in Hawaii, Japan and the Naval Hospital in Japan.
Although his military duty took a toll on his mental state, his sense of humor and faith in Christ could not be shaken! Many times he had a witty quip in response to someone asking him how he was doing and he’d say “well, I’m still above ground “
Or if you displayed apprehension about something, he’d say “everybody wants to go to heaven but nobody wants to die “
Well, he wasn’t afraid to die and he’s still above ground....far far above ground with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!
With heavy hearts, we say goodbye for now to “Papa”, until we see you again!
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