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Gary Burris

Gary F. Burris

Tuesday, May 29th, 1945 - Monday, November 30th, 2020
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Obituary

Gary F. Burris, 75, of Centre Hall, passed away at home on Monday, November 30, 2020. Born on May 29, 1945 in Bellefonte, he was the son of the late Gerald and Lenore (Yearick) Burris. On January 22, 1965, he married his beloved wife, Nancy (Bilger) Burris, who survives at home after sharing over 55 years of marriage together.

Gary was a graduate of Bellefonte High School. He started working at HRB Singer as a security guard and pressman while he also worked part time as an officer for the Spring Township Police. He then moved on to the State College Area School District as the Print Shop Manager, where he retired in 2006 after 33 years of service.

Along with his wife, Nancy, he is survived by two children, Shelbi Smeltzer (Scott Bailey), and Shane Burris, all of Centre Hall. Also surviving is one brother, Dennis Burris, and one sister, Debra Hoffner (Charles), all of Bellefonte.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Rodney Burris, and one sister, Donna Bennett.

Gary was a member of the Lewistown Coin Club, Penns Valley Poker Club, Snappy’s Morning Coffee Club, and the Centre County Cruisers Car Club. He was an avid hunter and fisherman, and loved going to his camp, Buckslayers Camp at Black Moshannon. He especially looked forward to his fishing trips twice a year to Canada.

There will be a public viewing held on Thursday, December 3, 2020, from 10am-noon, at Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc. at 206 N. Spring Street, Bellefonte. Funeral services will follow at the funeral home, at noon. Burial will immediately follow at Pleasant Gap Lutheran Cemetery. Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 10:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    Wetzler Funeral Services Inc.
    Address
    206 North Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
  • Service

    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 | 12:00pm
    When
    Thursday, December 3rd, 2020 12:00pm
    Location
    Wetzler Funeral Service, Inc.
    Address
    206 N. Spring Street
    BELLEFONTE, PA 16823
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.
  • Interment

    Location
    Pleasant Gap Lutheran Cemetery, Spring Township
    Address
    Spring Township
    Spring Township, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
    Following CDC recommendations, social distancing is encouraged, and face coverings will be required at all services.

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Bryan Homan

Posted at 10:15am
Nancy, I'm so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was such a great friend to my dad and always kind to me. I'll always remember his infectious smile and sense of humor. He will be dearly missed.
Bryan Homan
TC

Terry and Karen Cable

Posted at 06:28am
Denny, Deb:
Sorry to hear of the loss of your brother. Spent a few times having a cup of coffee at camp to get warm from hunting, when the weather was better inside than out. He was generous and always enjoyed a good story. May God bless you and your families.

Cathie Kelley-Williams

Posted at 09:07pm
Nancy
Sorry to hear about your loss. We'll always remember the good times that we had together at car shows. We will not be able to attend Gary's viewing due to our medical conditions and the virus. Neither of us can afford to get it. We want you and your family to know that you are in our thoughts.
Larry & Cathie Williams
SP

sylvia perryman

Posted at 06:31am
Nancy and family, We were sadden to read of Gary's passing. May the many wonderful memories help you and your family. Nancy, you are in our thoughts and prayers. God bless, Sylvia and Terry

Barb Woods

Posted at 10:09pm
My deepest sympathy to Shane and the Burris family. May God give you peace and comfort during this difficult time. -Barb Woods
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