Gary Edwin Lium
April 8, 1941 - June 23, 2019
Gary Edwin Lium passed peacefully from this world into the arms of his Savior on June 23, 2019, at the age of 78.
Gary, the only child of Harvey and Lois (Decker) Lium, was born in Seattle, Washington on April 8, 1941. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Seattle and then attended Northwest Nazarene College in Nampa, Idaho. At the end of his first year at NNC, he volunteered for the United States Army. In April 1961 he received orders for Korea. Six days before his departure, he married his high school sweetheart, Donna Jean (Berkebile). Gary was gone for sixteen months and then was transferred to Fort Riley, Kansas. Donna and Gary spent a year in Kansas where their first son Tomis Edwin Lium was born on Mother's Day in May 1963. When Tomis was six weeks old, Gary decided not to reenlist in the Army.
He and Donna went back to Seattle. In 1967, their other son Bryan David was born. Gary later joined the Coast Guard and spent twelve years as a coxswain on 82-foot boats and training others how to do many duties. He had many interesting stories to tell of those years and enjoyed them all. When he found he could not earn any more rank, he transferred to the Army Reserves where he spent almost twenty years as a Drill Sergeant, Recruiter, working as a Chaplain, and Family Readiness Programs. He volunteered for Desert Storm and was on his way overseas when the war was over. He came home and started his own contracting business. He retired from the military and then was called back by a recruiter and spent three more years in the Reserves. He told the recruiter he would go back, but he didn't want to do PT. The military agreed as long as he wore his PT uniform. He wore the PT uniform, but he walked around carrying a cup of coffee, watching his fellow soldiers to PT. Three years later he retired from the military. In 2001, Gary and Donna moved to Sierra Vista, Arizona. Soon Gary became a member of the Sheriff Assist Team, the Arizona Rangers, and also a Range Master at the Sierra Vista Range. Gary and Donna joined the First Christian Church and became very involved in many programs.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his oldest son Tomis in 2011. He is survived by his wife, Donna; his son, Bryan and daughter-in-law Debbie; and his grandchildren, twins Dylan and Danielle, and their younger sister, McKenna.
Special thanks to those from the First Christian Church who visited and prayed for Gary during his illness. Also, thanks to the staff at Prestige, Brightstar, and Casa de la Paz Hospice who took care of Gary. Everyone was awesome. Last, but not least, thanks to Kristen Wister, N.P. of Sonora Family Care for taking care of Gary for several years.
A celebration of Gary's life will be held at First Christian Church located at 55 King Wy in Sierra Vista on Monday, July 8 at 1:00 p.m. Military honors will follow at the Veteran's Cemetery on Buffalo Soldier Trail in Sierra Vista.