Gary Lester Denbrook, 76, passed away to be with his Lord at his home in Lakeview on Thursday, May 16, 2019.

He was born on Oct. 21, 1942 to Leonard and Viola Denbrook. He was raised in Lakeview and attended school until graduation from Lakeview High School in June of 1960. After a brief period of time Gary enlisted in the US Navy.

Gary was a loving, generous man who knew no strangers and was always quick with a quip or funny comment.

He worked in several areas doing many different jobs beginning with operating equipment in the forests of Lake County and beyond.  Gary finished his professional painting business later in life and until his health failed, he operated a firewood business for a few years.

Gary was known for his love of cars starting with a 1953 Ford with a Lincoln flathead V8 at age 17 that he paid for by working as a box boy at Oregon Food Store.  At Mom’s request, Gary begrudgingly transported his 10-year-old, little brother, Darrel, to A.D. Hay Elementary, which Darrel remembers well as Gary made him hide on the floor to avoid the humiliation of seeming un-cool to his classmates hanging out in front of the old high school.

His other favorite cars were a 1968 GTO, a 1974 Ford Ranchero, and a 1964 Chevy El Camino all customized with wheels and loud exhaust pipes. Gary’s friends will remember the many times they hung out, drove and raced their cars.

Gary was preceded in death by: his parents, Leonard and Viola.

He is survived by:  daughter and son-in-law, Nichole and Mathew Eagan; brother and sister-in-law, Darrel and Monika Denbrook; grandchildren, Christian and Olivia; niece, Erika Moore  (Justin, Koen and Makayla); and nephew, Jacob Denbrook  (Jill, Henry and Evelyn) .

His special people in life include Dr. Tim Gallagher, Greg Smith, Ginger Schere, Sheila and Larry Holloway, Meghan Kness, Dan and Cheryl St. Clair and not least of all a multitude of cooks, waitresses and nurses.

He was fond of his family especially his aunt, Elaine Hampton and cousin, Joe Hampton.

A funeral service will be held Thursday, May 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene in Lakeview.  Committal will be at the IOOF Cemetery with full military honors provided y the VFW post 4070 and the United States Navy.  

Desert Rose Funeral Chapel has charge of the arrangements.

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