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Gary Dale Anson, age 65, of El Dorado Springs, MO, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, MO, on Saturday afternoon, February 14, 2015. Gary was born November 22, 1949, at Pleasant Hill, MO, the son of Theodore “Ted” and Mildred (Lugenbeel) Anson. He attended and graduated from El Dorado Springs High School. From 1968-1972 Gary proudly served in the United States Navy. His duties were Line Division, Fighter Squadron 32 aboard the JFK ship. He fought in the Vietnam and Mideast Gulf Crisis of 1971.
Gary married Chrystal Harp in Nevada, MO, and later divorced. To this union two daughters were born, Lisa and Amanda. In 2005, he met Jama (Meek) Swor of Pittsburg, KS, and they were together as man and wife. On February 21, 2014, Gary and Jama were officially married in El Dorado Springs, MO, where they had moved and started their life together in August of 2005. To their wonderful, loving life together, Jama added for Gary two step-children, Shane Swor and Amy Swor. His grandchildren, who he loved unconditionally, are Bradley Frock, Seth Frock, Zachary W. Swor, McKenna Swor, River Rose Swor-Gay, and soon to be new granddaughter Stella Swor-Gay.
Gary was an avid hunter, fisherman, and mechanic until his health started failing him in 2006. He still would take his scooter around the neighborhood and visit with his friends. Later he would ride down to the lake at Camp Galilee to reflect on life, and as he said, “It was his thinking spot.” Gary always looked forward to his blackberry picking season every year, and enjoyed taking care of his yard and tomato plants. Life will never be the same without him in it.
Preceding Gary in death were his father Ted; his mother Mildred; his brother Bradley, who also served in the Navy; and his step-father Ralph Smith.
Survivors include his wife Jama of the home; two daughters: Lisa Anson of Bentonville, AR and Amanda Anson-Frock of Nevada, MO; step-daughter Amy Swor and step-son Shane Swor, both of Pittsburg, KS; six grandchildren; two sisters: Ginger Anson-Byrd of Memphis, TN, and Leta Anson-Byrd of New Mexico; one brother, Todd Anson; several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews; and many, many dear friends who were like family to him, especially neighbor Richard Talmage.
Gary’s favorite quote was, “On the wings of an eagle, our spirit will fly.” So to Gary, “Fly high my love, fly high.”
Graveside services for Gary Anson will be held Thursday, February 19, 2015, at 2:00 p.m, at Mound Cemetery. Rev. Joe Trussell will officiate. Arrangements are under the direction of Bland-Hackleman Funeral Home.