Gary Dean Bollinger, 69, of Brighton, CO, beloved father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, passed away on Nov 23, 2011 after a valiant battle with lung cancer. Gary was preceded in death by a daughter, Teresa Pyler; his parents, Virginia and Herbert “Bud” Bollinger; and two brothers, Don Lambert and Howard Lambert and his beloved dog Ashley. He is survived by his daughter Shonnie Cline, her husband Kelly, and their daughter Shailyn of Brighton, CO. He is also survived by Teresa’s first husband Danny Wagner and their two children Enea and Garron; Danny’s current wife Leah and two children Cassidy and Logan of Brighton, CO; Teresa’s second husband Chris Pyler and their two children Keaton and Caden of Thornton, CO; Two sisters, Donna Kuhn of Hartford, KS; Cheryl Herrick and husband Fran of Olathe, KS; and a brother, Wayne Lambert and wife Nancy of Baldwin City, KS; several nieces and nephews, and his ex-wife Shirley Bollinger and her husband Paul Garrison of Brighton, CO. Gary was born in Vallejo, CA on Oct. 19, 1942. He grew up on a farm near Hartford, KS and graduated from Hartford High School in 1960. He attended the College of Empire for one semester, then worked at International Harvester and the Soybean Mill in Emporia, KS. In 1962 he relocated to the Denver, CO area where he began his lifelong career in the home building industry in the Denver, Kingman, AZ, and Kansas City areas. He was a highly respected builder and remodeler of homes and commercial properties. He had been a member of the Lions Club of Broomfield, the Elks Club of Lafayette, CO and the HBA of greater Denver. He had also been a city councilman in Broomfield, CO. Gary loved life and lived it to the full. He loved sports, especially football, fishing and golf. He was a good cook and loved good food. He made a mean meatloaf, and nothing could beat his Polish Stew, cooked outdoors in a cream can over hot coals. He loved to travel and in recent years loved to drive his truck around the country to see the scenery, relatives, and good friends (of which he had many). The most important things in his life were his children and grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will be greatly missed. We will miss his hearty laugh, infectious smile, and tender heart. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to National Jewish Lung Cancer Center P.O. Box 17169, Denver, CO, 80217.
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