Gary G. Rufenacht

September 4, 1959 - March 11, 2020

Gary G. Rufenacht


Gary G. Rufenacht, 60, one easy going son of a ……, passed away peacefully March 11, 2020. Born September 4, 1959 in Harvard, IL, the son of James and Alice (Cullison) Rufenacht. Gary spent his days working as an NPI Project Sourcing Manager at Woodward, Inc. Any free time was spent golfing and playing cards with friends and family. Gary enjoyed snowmobiling and riding ATVs and then repairing them with his brother. He also enjoyed annual houseboat trips and Halloween parties with friends. He was well known for his famous homemade pizza and helping anyone and everyone when they needed it. He will be greatly missed by all.

Gary is loved and missed by his siblings, Sheryl Jensen, Greg (Michelle) Rufenacht, Eric Rufenacht; chosen daughter, Allie Scarpetta; aunt, Vivian (Floyd) Schlickman; nieces and nephews, Chad (Stacie) Baxter, Graham and Collin Jensen, Matthew, Nicholas, Sarah, and Colby Rufenacht, as well as numerous cousins and friends. He is preceded in death by his parents.

A special thanks to Hospice Care of America and all their kind employees for helping us care for Gary.

The visitation has been postponed till a later date. Cremation rites have been accorded. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family to establish later. To light a candle or share a condolence please visit

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Worked with Gary at Woodward, he was part of a group of friends we called “The Dead Lemons”. We used to go to our place at Green Lake and always had a great time. We enjoyed his pizzas and playing card games. He was the best!

Dave & Donna Schafman 2020-03-19T11:47:55

Worked with Gary at Woodward. Will truly miss his humor and good nature. Great picture of him for the obituary. Captured him perfectly.

Duane Sies 2020-03-16T08:59:47

My husband and I work at Ledges Golf Course. Gary was always a pleasure to see when he came to the course. Our thoughts and prayers to the family in there time of need.

Paul & Gail Flock 2020-03-16T06:05:44

Gary was my buddy and dear friend. He helped me in so many ways over many years. We shared laughs and a lot of fun adventures. He will be missed dearly. Rest In Peace.

Sharrell Pearson 2020-03-14T20:05:04

Gary was a mainstay at the Rufenacht reunions in Monroe. He manned the grill and made sure we all had plenty to eat. We will miss him this August and we will have a moment of prayer for him. He was a great guy. My condolences to his family.

Judith Kittleson 2020-03-14T11:49:20

My condolences to all of Gary’s family and friends. His life touched us all in different ways.
I just found out he was referred to as “Gar Bear” and sorry…that just cracks me up! More like Grizzly Bear for me growing up with him and knowing his family. His was like one of my older brothers that made sure I knew he was the BIG brother and vocalized and physically made sure we knew it.
As we grew older he became more of a friend but still an older brother.
It was a pleasure being invited to his well known pizza parties. He was an awesome pizza chef! I can still see him with that towel thrown over his shoulder.
He took me knee boarding for the first and last time in my life. He had a good laugh while watching me try to use the knee board.
I will miss him and his sense of humor!

Kevin Albrecht 2020-03-13T21:41:11

May the family and friends of Gary find peace in knowing he lived life without regrets and was his own person. You Gary, have earned your wings. Now its time to soar.

ernest hons 2020-03-13T14:16:33

Sorry for your loss. I knew Gary through work and he was always helping us find our way to muddle through all of our issues. He was a very good person and I will miss him.

Matthew M Rhoades 2020-03-13T12:26:28

Sheryl, Greg and Eric, My sincerest condolences to you and your families. I was always so pleased to know that my brother, Buzz (Dana) always remained friends with Gary and even vacationed together. Your family were the best next door neighbors growing up. I have never forgotten how I babysat Gary once and your mom had left a frozen pizza. We turned the oven on, but it didn’t light. We decided to get a match and Gary ended up having burnt eyebrows and singed hair. I had to trim the front before your parents arrived home! We laughed so hard because we were so stupid!! I can not remember what your parents said but I do not recall looking after him ever again. I really wasn’t that much older than Gary. Hope you all are remembering the best of times. Most sincerely, Cindy💜

CIndy Kaas (Rice) 2020-03-13T09:12:55

I had the opportunity to work with Gary at Hamilton Sundstrand. He was one of the kindest people I’ve ever known. I remember him talking about Allie with such pride and love. I’m so very sorry for your loss.

Glenda Melvin 2020-03-13T08:56:37


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