October 13, 1928 ~ July 2, 2019
Born in: Peebles, Ohio
Resided in: Aurora, Colorado
Gary Nathaniel Hemmings passed away on July 2, 2019. He was 90-years old.
The youngest of six children, Gary was born to Benjamin Sampson and Ruth Elizabeth (Boyd) Hemmings on October 13, 1928, in Peebles, Ohio. He spent his early years looking up to his adored older brother Kyle, swimming in creeks, riding horses and working hard in the fields of his family’s farm while attending school in Locust Grove.
Gary married Patricia Ann Armstrong of Peebles, Ohio, in 1950 and joined the Air Force soon after in 1951. Always a leader, he was promoted quickly and honored with numerous awards as Lackland Air Force Base’s top drill sergeant.
In the Air Force, Gary traveled the world, from Africa to Europe to Asia. He completed tours in North Africa and Germany and served in the Vietnam war. Specializing in reconnaissance photography, he continued his education and rose through the ranks. He completed his military career at Lowry Air Force Base in Denver, retiring in 1974 at as a chief master sergeant—the highest ranked title for enlisted members in the service. In 1975, he returned to Lowry working as a civil service employee in charge of the photo school until he retired again in 1992.
In retirement, Gary loved to golf, travel, sing and play the guitar and banjo (self-taught), cook delicious down-home meals, tinker in his garage, pore through history books, passionately discuss world affairs, and spend time with his growing family and many friends. He was the adored grandfather of six granddaughters, three great granddaughters, and a much-awaited great grandson. He remained a proud member of the philanthropic Freemason organization until his death.
A resident of Aurora, Colorado, Gary is survived by his former spouse and lifelong friend, Patricia Ann Hemmings, his children, Colleen (Larry) Risk, G. Bruce (Josie) Hemmings, and DeAnna Ruth Hemmings; his grandchildren, Shelly E. Risk (Christopher Parks), Shannon K. Risk, Taylor A. (Adam) Goble, Taryn E. Hemmings, Sara K. Hemmings, and Audrey R. Hemmings; his great grandchildren, Leah A. Goble, Natalie J. Goble, Landon Bruce Fox, and Camryn S. Fox. He was preceded in death by the siblings he loved so much—Ralph Hemmings, Kyle Hemmings, Evelyn Ryan, Thelma Hemmings, and Melva Skidmore.
Gary passed peacefully and without pain in the presence of his loving family. Charming, kind, and treasured by so many, he left a legacy of love and made a positive impact on this world. He will be missed.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.