He was born on March 18, 1937 in New London, son of the late Lue and Lorraine (Seager) Tate. On May 11, 1957, Gary was united in marriage to Mary Recker in New London. He worked at Neenah Foundry for several years, then at Curwood for 34 years, retiring in 2003. Gary was a member of the New London Volunteer Fire Department for 34 years, and received the Firefighter of the year award in 1990. He enjoyed working in his garage; he loved working on and watching race cars, and sitting around the campfire with friends and family. Gary was a very loving father to his four children.
He is survived by his wife Mary, children: Janice Platte, Fremont; Becky Tate (friend, John Vullings), Hortonville; Jon (Kelley) Tate, Appleton and David (Sarah) Tate, New London; grandchildren: Kevin Platte, Tyler Kempf, Damian Stillman, Phelan Stillman (Sara Parker), Angela Roman and Emily Roman; three great-grandchildren, Austin, Kyle and Lola; siblings, Sandy (Jim) Massonet, New London; Patsy (Tom) Scott, Florida; Barb (Bill) Roesler, Dale and Robert (Linda) Tate, Weyauwega. He is further survived by numerous other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, several aunts, uncles, stepfather Irvin Handschke and mother and father in-law, Joseph and Florence Recker. A very special thank you to “Swinny” for all you did for Gary!
Funeral Mass for Gary will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, New London with Fr. John Kleinschmidt officiating. Visitation will be held at the church on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the parish cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to the New London Volunteer Fire Department. The Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London is serving the family. www.clinehansonfuneralhome.com
The family would like to especially thank the staff at ThedaCare, Appleton, St. Joseph Residence, and ThedaCare, New London.