Gary Leo Pautler
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Gary Leo Pautler, 64, of Crofton, Nebraska, died Monday, January 4, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital in Yankton, South Dakota.

Funeral Service will be on Thursday, January 7, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church in Crofton with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating. Burial of his cremated remains will be at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery in Crofton. Visitation will be on Wednesday from 6-8:00 p.m. with a Vigil Service at 7:00 p.m. at the Wintz Funeral Home in Crofton. Military Rites will be by the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and the Legion Riders. The family will receive friends on Thursday one hour prior to services and at the luncheon.

Honorary pallbearers will be Don Steffen, Arlan Stratman, Dave Bohlken, Glenn Kathol, Monte Goeden, Dan Kramer, and Clayton Bruening.

Gary grew up on a farm west of Hartington and attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in 1969. He served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam from 1970-1971 as a combat infantryman. After he was honorably discharged he returned and worked for Schrempp Masonry for a short time. He then began working for Charlie Reifert at Reifert Furniture in Hartington from 1972 until 1979. Gary moved to Crofton and owned and operated Pautler Floor & More until 2003. He began working for Floor to Ceiling in Yankton in 2004 and continued until her retired in 2012.

Gary was proud of the fact that he was sober for 32 years and for being instrumental in helping others reach sobriety. He was a member of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton American Legion Post #128, Hartington VFW Post 5283, and was a former Crofton Chamber of Commerce President. Gary loved fishing, golfing, gardening and flowers.

Gary is survived by his wife, Sue of Crofton; 4 children and spouses, daughter Tracy and Ivan Hofker of Louisville; sons Cory Pautler & Molly Haas of Crofton, Curt and Tessa Pautler of Crofton, Christopher and Sarah Pautler of Lee's Summit, MO; seven grandchildren Lily and Max Hofker, Amy Tramp, Sierra Riechen, Ava Pautler, Sophie & Logan Haas; four sisters and spouses Diane Linster of Valentine, Doris Pautler & Wally Ulrich of Hartington, Kathy and Roger Jones of Bow Valley, Coleen and Kelly Suing of St. Helena, NE.

He was preceded in death by his parents Herbert and Valerine Pautler; brother-in-law Harold Linster.


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Thoughts and prayers are with you.

Lisa Potts-Fields

My deepest sympathies to you and your family. I am so sorry for your loss.

Chris & Dixie (Rupiper) DeGroot and family

My prayers are with you. God Bless you all.

Sandra (Arens) Sias

Dear Susie, Corey, Tracy, Curt, Chistopher and families,

Words can not express how deep our sympathy extends to you. Through the years we have watched you laugh, cry, and grow closer as a family. Thank you for allowing us to share the love and friendship of such a wonderful man. He fought a great battle and forever will remain a hero as a warrior, husband, father, grandfather, and best friend anyone could hope for! Although his earthly presence will be greatly missed his spirit has left a legacy for eternity! May the love, prayers, and support of family and friends help you through this difficult time. Love, hugs, and prayers are with you always!

Donnie, Lorri, Sara, and Adam

Kelly & Coleen - So sorry for your loss! Prayers to you & your family! Big Hugs!

Connie K. Luke (Mehlhaff)

Our prayers and thoughts are with you and yours, Sue. We would have been down for the Vigil Service but the weather scared us off. Now, Gary knows where the angels live.

Judy/Leon Cantin

We are so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. We remember him as a very friendly and giving person. Our deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Penny and Donn Marshall Omaha Ne

Dear Sue & family,

My heart goes out to all of you. Know that you are in my thoughts and prayers.

Donna Maibaum

Corey & Family,

I'm sorry to have learned of your loss of your father & husband. My sympathy goes out to all of you. May time heal all & know he is in peace.

Cheryl (Leader) Bauder

Dear Sue & Family - Mike & I were extremely sadden to hear of Gary's passing. We really enjoyed getting to know you guys through Tracy & Ivan & always enjoyed it when Gary would walk up & visit whenever he was in town. He was such a nice man. Our thoughts are with all of you as you go forward without him. God Bless.

Cindy & Mike Rojas

Sue, Gary touched so many lives and that is a tribute to the life he was given at birth. You and your family will be remembered in our prayers. Watching the video brought back so many memories of when Gary was our neighbor out at the farm. Peace to all of you.

Mary Lou Steffen Dietsch

I am so very sorry to hear about Gary's passing. My thoughts & prayers are with you all at this time.

Stefanie Merkel

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