Gary Lopez


A celebration of Life for 84-year old Gary Lopez of Laramie, Wyo, formerly of Gering, NE, and a graduate of Chadron State College will be held sometime in Spring 2023.

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Gary Lopez was born January 16, 1938 to Julian and Dorothy (Rouse) Lopez in Eaton, CO, and passed away on November 14, 2022. 

Gary attended school in Gering, then went on to Chadron State on a football scholarship. He was in tv and radio broadcasting for most of his working life until moving on to the Albany County School District, where he remained until his retirement at the age of 71.  

Gary enjoyed fishing and spending time with his soulmate, Gladys Lopez – his love for over 50 years. 

Gary was a kind person and was always meeting new friends. His greatest treasures were faith, family, friends, and fellowship.

Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Gladys, and his parents.

He is survived by his children Rick (Roxie) Lopez of Cheyenne, WY, Lori Lopez of Security, CO, Kelly Heaton of Lake Louisa, VA, and Shari Stettler of Bristow, VA; stepsons Robin Nerud of Englewood, CO, and Greg Nerud of Eagle, ID; 11 grandchildren, 5 great-grandchildren; and his brothers Larry Laverne of Los Angeles, CA and Ted Lopez of Gering.

Montgomery Stryker Funeral Home of Laramie is in charge of arrangements for Gary Lopez.