CROFTON — Gary Leo Pautler, 64, Crofton, died Jan. 4, 2016, at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital, Yankton, S.D.
Visitation, with a Vigil Service, was Jan. 6 at the Wintz Funeral Home, Crofton.
Funeral Service were Jan. 7 at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church, Crofton, with the Rev. Michael Schmitz officiating.
Burial of his cremated remains were at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery, Crofton. Military Rites were provided by the Crofton American Legion Post 128 and the Legion Riders.
Pallbearers were Gary’s nephews, Matt Linster, Nick Linster, Brett Jones, Zack Jones, Jamie Suing and Kyle Suing.
Honorary pallbearers were Don Steffen, Arlan Stratman, Dave Bohlken, Glenn Kathol, Monte Goeden, Dan Kramer and Clayton Bruening.
Gary was born May 4, 1951, in Yankton, to Herbert V. and Valerine H. (Sudbeck) Pautler. He grew up on a farm west of Hartington and attended Holy Trinity Grade School and graduated from Cedar Catholic High School in 1969. Gary served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, 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, 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, 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, Crofton; four children and spouses, Tracy and Ivan Hofker, Louisville; Cory Pautler and Molly Haas, Crofton; Curt and Tessa Pautler, Crofton; and Christopher and Sarah Pautler, Lee’s Summit, Mo.; seven grandchildren, Lily and Max Hofker, Amy Tramp, Sierra Riechen, Ava Pautler, and Sophie and Logan Haas; four sisters and spouses, Diane Linster, Valentine; Doris Pautler and Wally Ulrich, Hartington; Kathy and Roger Jones, Bow Valley; Coleen and Kelly Suing, St. Helena.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Valerine Pautler; and brother-in-law, Harold Linster.