Gary Ferris, 57, of Silver Creek died Friday February 22, 2002 at St. Francis Memorial Health Center in Grand Island. Services are at 11 a.m. Thursday at St. Lawrence Church in Silver Creek and officiated by Reverend Bev Minor. Military services following at Silver Creek Cemetery will be by American Legion Post 263. Visitation will be from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday at McKown Funeral Home in Columbus.
Gary was born June 11, 1944 in Littleton, CO to Bernard and Lillian (Nightingale) Ferris. He graduated in 1962 from Central High School in Pueblo, CO and worked various jobs in California and Wyoming until he joined the US Army in 1966. He was stationed in Germany until 1968 when he reported for duty in Vietnam. While serving as a tank commander in the 2nd Battalion of the 34th Armored Division, he was awarded the Bronze Star.
Upon his discharge in 1969, he began a 33-year career in banking and insurance at Farmers State Bank and Tereco Insurance Co. in Silver Creek. He became President and CEO of the bank in 1986 and served on the Board of Directors. He remained in this position of 15 years while also serving on the Board of Directors at the Bank of Clarks.
He married Eugenia Kula, September 5, 1970 at Krakow.
In his years in Silver Creek he volunteered his time to various community organizations including the Jaycees, Silver Creek School Board, the American Legion and the ABC Club. He was a member of Osceola Lodge #65 A.F. and A.M.
He loved golf, traveling, motorcycles, and playing with his grandchildren
Survivors include his wife Eugenia; two sons, Ron (Cindy) Ferris of Omaha and Ryan (Carolyn) Ferris of Silver Creek; one daughter, Kasey Ferris of Lincoln; and four grandchildren; two brothers, Gene (Barbara) Ferris of Reno, Nevada and Jim (Rena) Ferris of Paoli, OK; two sisters, Bette Stephens of Denver,CO and Susan (Rick) Jones of Wewoka, OK.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Ron Ferris.
A Memorial Fund Has Been Set Up At Farmers State Bank In Silver Creek In Memory of Gary Ferris