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Gary Mosbarger

September 11, 1936 — October 31, 2013

Longtime Goodland, Kansas resident Gary Wayne Mosbarger, 77, died Thursday, October 31, 2013, at Prairie Senior Living Complex in Colby, Kansas.

He was born September 11, 1936, in Cheyenne County, Kansas, the son of Mary Elizabeth (Cook) and John Franklin Mosbarger.  He attended Shermanville Country School, which was one mile south of the Sherman and Cheyenne County line, and Prairie Dale Country School.  In 1954, he graduated from Sherman Community High School, and then furthered his education at Kansas State University, graduating in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree in agriculture.

While at KSU, Gary met Barbara Jean Gearhart, and they married on September 1, 1957.  After finishing school, Gary and Barbara made their home in Goodland, joining his mother and father in farming.  The couple has two children James Lee, born in 1961, and Shari Lynn, born in 1964.  Gary and Barbara celebrated fifty-six years of marriage.  Gary’s love of farming began at a very young age and continued all his life.  Early on, he and his father John raised only wheat.  Later on, Gary became interested in irrigation, in addition to dryland farming. He raised sugar beets, corn, pinto beans, sunflowers, and milo, as well as wheat. He had been very active in the family farming operation, until this past year when his health began to fail.

He enjoyed time with friends, playing ten-point pitch; riding in parades in his 1955 Oldsmobile with his sister Lavaughn; attending farm auctions; snowmobiling in Colorado; making music with family and friends; and supporting K-State football.  Closest to his heart was time with his children and grandchildren, supporting them in their varied activities.  He served on the boards of the Sherman County Fair and Edson School.  He was a member of the Sherman County Extension Council, and also served as a 4-H leader.  He was a charter member of Prairie Dale 4-H Club.

Preceding him in death were his parents John and Mary Mosbarger; and brother-in-law John Glasco.

Surviving family includes his wife Barbara Mosbarger of the home in Goodland; son James Mosbarger and his wife Darla; daughter Shari Taylor and her husband Terry; four grandsons John Mosbarger, Jace Mosbarger and his wife Bryn, Ryan Taylor, and Garrett Taylor; and sister Lavaughn Glasco, all of Goodland,

The funeral will be Monday, November 4, at 10:30 AM MT, at Koons Chapel in Goodland, with Pastor Brent Flanders officiating.  Burial will follow in the Goodland Cemetery.
Friends may share their respects on Sunday, from 3:00 until 7:00 PM MT, at Koons Chapel.
Memorials may be designated to Sherman County Community Foundation, (Bushels for Bleachers), and may be left at or mailed to Koons Funeral Home, 211 N. Main, Goodland, KS  67735-1555.
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