Gary L. Eubank

Gary L. Eubank, 72, Lawrence, was one of a kind. He lived and died in a way of his choosing. He died quickly and unexpectedly of a heart attack on the evening of October 20th at his home in Lawrence. He was born July 17, 1948, in Leavenworth to Roy C. and Jo E. Overman Eubank.

Cindy, the love of his life for 40 years and 15 years as his wife, said “We had a wonderful life together.” Gary’s siblings Lary Eubank, Kathy (Troy) Doby and Sheila Eubank of Leavenworth shared that they were amazed that their older brother never ever ate at a McDonalds.

As a boy in Germany, Gary would shag balls at the tennis court until he found a partner. He continued his love of the game throughout his life. Recently playing with a group on Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings.

After graduating from Washburn University in 1974, he spent a year bumming around in Europe.

He returned and went to graduate school at KU. While in Spain he bought himself a guitar and taught himself to play. Often when he would play his two beautiful Weimaraners would throw their heads back and join in with a serenade. Gary had a tremendous love of animals and nature.

His little friend, Coco will miss their daily walks together.

With his gentle ways and kind spirit, he had many friends. He remained close with his friends from college. He was an excellent cook and loved to entertain. With a little bit of wine, he would regale with tall tales of his college days.

Gary and Cindy loved camping at the National Parks in the United States and Canada, including a road trip to Alaska. Capturing the beautiful scenery, he painted many beautiful landscapes. His many friends and family will miss the beautiful painted Christmas cards he created and sent for many years.

Cindy wishes to thank her friends Roger and Shirley Werholtz and Bob and Mary Barnett for their love and support.

His siblings and nieces are so grateful for the joy he brought to their lives. Cindy said, “I can’t express just how much I will miss him.”

Per Gary’s adamant request there will be no funeral. So, please raise your glass and wag your tail in a toast to celebrate his life of kindness. rumsey-yost.com

Messages & Condolences

From Tom Kurata...

I am still stunned that Gary is no longer with us. It was late May/early June 1973 when I first met Gary at the Robinson Gym tennis courts. He asked me if I’d like to play some doubles as one of their players had to leave. Gary was a great tennis player and a very interesting conversationalist. He knew all of the great tennis players in Topeka (Clark family, McGraths, Rod Pringle and countless others.) One time Gary and I teamed up to play against Lance Burr and Rod Pringle at the courts behind Allen Field House. Gary told me Lance was ambidextrous and had been coached by Carl Mibeck at Salina High School. One of the games went on for what seemed forever. Gary and I continued to hit lobs to Lance. And he would smash returns to us using both hands. I didn’t know whether to laugh or be mesmerized by Lance’s amazing tennis game. Gary never played in tennis tournaments because he thought they brought out the worst in human nature. Over the years I came to appreciate what he meant. I will miss Gary very much. I hope he is surrounded by free spirits and decent souls in Heaven. Rest in peace, Gary.

From Steve gleason...

So sorry! Gary was one of a kind for sure!

From Cindy O’Toole...

Cindy- I am so shocked and saddened to see the news of Gary’s passing. You seemed to have a wonderful marriage and partnership and were so good to each other, your mom, and your families and friends. 2020 has been a rough year and I will be thinking of you following the loss of your mom and then Gary. Sending you hugs and prayers for peace during this difficult time. Cindy O’Toole

From Nancy Harmony...

So very sorry, Cindy. We will raise that glass and think of you.
Nancy (Murray) and Marlin Harmony

From Maggie Kruger...

Cindy, so sorry to hear about Gary. It is truly heartbreaking.
You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers and that you will always have wonderful memories of Gary to hold close in your heart. With deepest sympathy.

From Patricia Blair...

Dear Cindy: I see this picture of a white haired and bearded man and have a hard time seeing the young man I worked across the design table at Owens Flower Shop some (ach) fifty years ago. I am pleased to read of the life you two shared: music, camping, dogs, cooking, family, friendships and long time love. I am grateful he was with you as you dealt with loss and illness. I lift you in prayers for comfort, faith and strength for the time ahead. Fondly, Pat Blair

From Julie Dunn...

Dearest Cindy, Brad just called me and told me this devastating news. I am at a loss of words. I am so desperately sorry and sooo sad. To say Gary was one-of-a-kind is an understatement! I have so many fond memories of when I went to KU and when we lived in San Diego. He had the greatest sense of humor – he was so witty and so much fun to be around. I will never forget our endless Scrabble games, when he taught me how to play. Back Alley, etc. My heart is breaking, and I can’t imagine what you are going through. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your respective families.

From Kent Fisher...

Cindy,
I’m so sorry for your sudden loss. I worked with Gary in the mid 80’s at University Floral. Gary was kind, funny, and respectful…truly a gentle-man. I will raise a toast to him, indeed, while thinking of those memories.

From Wendy Murray...

Dear Cindy,
I am so sorry for your loss. May all the memories of your wonderful life with Gary bring you comfort and strength.

From Serena Pearson...

Cindy, We are so sorry for your loss and we will miss Gary so much! Ed will especially miss their “World championship pool games”! If there is anything we can do to help, please let us know.

From Keith Stohs...

Cindy,

Marvin and Ruth enjoyed being neighbors with you and Gary. They always commented how nice Gary was, and how he always visited with them when they would see him. Sorry for your loss.

From Karen Georgeson Burk...

What a great picture of Gary! He led a good life with you, Cindy – what memories you have. Please lean on your sweet friends and know you’ll be in my prayers.

From Andy Tuttle...

I’m very sorry to hear this. I worked with Gary in the 80s and greatly enjoyed our conversations then and in the following years when I would run into him around town. Raising my glass in a toast indeed!

From kristin colahan-sederstrom...

Cindy, You are in my heart. I will miss Gary’s art and christmas card this year. I have all his old ones saved from over the years.
My love to you,
Kristin

From Erma Dieker...

Cindy, So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. You are in my
thoughts and prayers.

From Nancy Clough Patterson...

Cindy, so very sorry for your loss. You will be in our thoughts and prayers.

From Jimmy Calderon...

I am so sorry to hear this sad news, and would like to convey my deepest sympathies to you Cindy. Gary was such an important part of our tennis group that it just won’t be same without him. If there’s anything you can do for you, please ask. His memory will always be a blessing to me, and our tennis Tuesday doubles group.

From Rhonda Banks...

My deepest sympathy for your loss, Cindy. Keeping you in prayer.

From Brad Buecker...

So sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. I knew him from our tennis group for many years. I lost my wife this summer, and know how hard it is. My deepest condolences.

From Anita (Wilson) Bell & Wiley Wilson...

Dear Cindy,
We are so very sorry to learn of Gary’s passing……..please know you are in our thoughts and prayers.

From Rheva & David...

So sorry to hear about Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

From George and Sherry Catt...

Cindy: Our thoughts are with you at this trying time of loss.

From Rick & Carolyn Durrant...

Cindy,
We’re so sorry to hear about Gary. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

From Larry and Shari Bussinger...

Cindy,
Sending our condolences and knowing you are in our thoughts and prayers during this time. Please let us know if we can do anything.

From Charlene and Eldon Statler...

Cindy, we are so sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

From Judy Riling...

Cindy,
I am so sorry to hear about your loss!
Please know I am thinking of you and you have my thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

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