MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

May 14, 2013

Gary Dale “Boog” Rosson

1945 - 2013


— Gary Dale "Boog" Rosson, beloved husband of Patty, departed this life on Sunday, May 12, 2013 at St. John Hospital, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and joined his parents, his two brothers and other family members in Paradise.

Gary was born on December 10, 1945, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, to Reynolds Arbeth and Maydell Rosson. He leaves to mourn his passing, his wife, Patty of Wagoner, his three daughters, Carrie Mendenhall and husband, Ernie, Broken Arrow, OK, Ashleigh Jimmilynn Rosson, Houston, TX, and Heather Remark, and husband, Bryan, Houston, TX. He is also survived by grandsons Garryck Chandler Mendenhall, 14, Caleb Hunter Mendenhall, 5, and James Alexander Remark, 10 months, who were his pride and joy; two brother-in-laws, Mike Howell, Tulsa, OK and Robert Howell, Cairo, GA;) sister-in-law, Pat Rosson, Broken Arrow; nephew, Ron Rosson and nieces Leslie and Laurel, all of Tulsa, OK., and several cousins throughout the United  States. He was such a joy to all of their lives.

 He graduated from Wagoner High School in 1964 where he played football and basketball and was President of his senior class. He attended the University of Oklahoma where he was in the President's Leadership Class and  Sigma Chi Fraternity. He graduated from Northeastern State University in 1968 and joined Union Carbide Corp. in Houston, with moves to Seattle, Washington and to Sacramento, California. In 1970, he joined his brother,  Farrell, in management and expansion of Rosson Lumber Co. They loved working together until their operation was destroyed by a massive fire in 1992.

Gary and Patty were married on July 3, 1987 and enjoyed almost 26 years together. He continued his work after the fire by joining Wagoner County D.H.S. but he was forced to retire due to health issues in 1999. Against  all odds, he was declared cancer free in 2000.  (His oncologist called him “My Miracle Man.”) He spent his remaining years in the company of dear lifelong friends and family and despite more declining health and physical limitations, he managed a little golf, some fishing at Ft. Gibson Lake, planting a small garden and watching his grandchildren grow.

A visitation and viewing will be held from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 14 at the Mallett Funeral Home in Wagoner. Funeral services for Gary will be held at 2:00, Wednesday, May 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Wagoner with the Reverend Jack Salkil and the Reverend Shannon Davis officiating. Memories and condolences for the family may be sent to www.mallettfuneralhome.com. Funeral arrangements and interment in Elmwood Cemetery, Bennett Addition will be directed by Mallett Funeral Home of Wagoner.