Gary Holtswarth Obituary, Death – Gary was born on February 3, 1936, in Spanky, Missouri, a small town that would forever hold a special place in his heart. He was the cherished son of Froman and Beulah Vinyard Holtswarth, and from a young age, it was evident that he possessed a deep connection to his family and community. Carrollton, Missouri, bids farewell to one of its beloved sons, Gary L. Holtswarth, who passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 2, 2023, at Boyd Memorial Hospital. He was 87 years old. Gary’s life was a testament to the enduring power of love, family, and community.
On December 23, 1961, Gary embarked on a lifelong journey of love and companionship when he married Reta Mast in Galesburg, Missouri. Their union was a true partnership, built on a foundation of mutual respect, support, and unwavering devotion. Reta survives him, their love story serving as an inspiration to all who knew them. Gary’s devotion to family was a hallmark of his life.
He is survived by his daughter, Sandy (Dean) Highfill of Ozark, Missouri, and two sons, Richard Todd (Angie) Holtswarth of Fort Myers, Florida, and Scott (Sheila) Holtswarth of Wentzville, Missouri. His seven grandchildren, Lianne (Jon) Bradford, Coleby and Lindsey Holtswarth, Amanda (Sean) Effinger, Jordan (Jake) Hartman, and Meghan and Lucas Holtswarth, were a source of immense pride and joy for him. Three great-grandchildren added to the tapestry of his family legacy.
Gary’s influence extended well beyond the confines of his family circle. He was deeply involved in his community, known for his warm heart, and willingness to lend a helping hand. His kindness and genuine care for others were qualities that endeared him to all who had the privilege of knowing him. In addition to his own family, Gary held dear his sister, Margie (Jon) Maier of Arkansas. He also cherished the memory of his late sister, Barbara Vahle, and brother, Edward Holtswarth. Their bond, though physical distance and time may have separated them, remained strong in his heart. Gary Holtswarth’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of many, but his legacy of love, family, and community will continue to inspire those who knew him. As Carrollton says its goodbyes, it also celebrates a life well-lived, rich with love, laughter, and cherished memories.