Gary G. Dillaber

June 23, 1944 ó Feb. 14, 2015 

Gary G. Dillaber, age 70, of DeSoto (formerly of Genesee), passed away Feb. 14, 2015. Pancreatic cancer would have to wait nearly three years before taking his life. Garyís courage and desire to live provided many additional memories with family and friends.

Gary was born June 23, 1944 in Waukesha, to Glynn and Mary Dillaber. Growing up, he developed a passion for the outdoors which he shared with family and friends as well as a love for animals. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1961 to 1964 and from there went on to earn a living as a truck driver until he retired on the very first day he was eligible. Fortunately that left him over 15 years to enjoy his retirement to the max.

Wanting to be closer to his sons, and leave the city life, he moved west to the Mississippi River valley near DeSoto, where he dedicated his life full time to having fun with family and friends in the outdoors. To avoid part of the Wisconsin winters, he regularly spent time in the Florida Keys fishing and enjoying the great weather. Gary served many years as a Conservation Congress delegate in both Waukesha and Vernon counties.

Gary said, ďIím not sad about dying, Iím sad about all of the things Iím going to miss.Ē He never wasted a day of his retirement. He will miss all of the fishing, hunting, races, animals, shooting sports, gun shows, cooking, traveling, hobby farming, and visiting with family and friends to name a few. He did a lot with a little, as he used to say.

Although physically compromised, Gary never lost his will or his wit. Up until the very end, he was hunting deer in the Iowa River bottoms in December as well as chasing his beagles through the woods in January. He planned a February trip to Florida, but his body finally failed him.

Gary is survived by his mother, Mary Dillaber of Waukesha; sons Eric (Lori) Dillaber and Jason (Gretchen) Dillaber, and grandsons Douglas and Nathan Dillaber, all of LaCrosse; wife, Rosanne (Brozek) Dillaber; stepdaughters Jessica Brozek, Jennie (Mike) Brudos and grandsons Andrew and Mason of Viroqua; brothers Terry and Larry; sister, Pat; his nieces and nephews, and first wife and friend, Linda Dillaber.

Gary was preceded in death by his father, Glynn.

We sincerely thank all family and friends who were so important to Gary during his life. Thank you to Gundersen and UW medical staff for Garyís extension of life and to the Bland Bekkedal hospice staff for his end of life care.

As per Garyís wishes, there will be no service. His remains will be spread by his sons on their family farm, the Mississippi River and local trout streams where so many fond memories were created.