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Gary McElmurry

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Gary McElmurry

July 18, 1942 – January 11, 2021


Gary McElmurry of Boerne, Texas, passed away Monday, January 11, 2021. Gary was born July 18, 1942, in Kansas City, Missouri, to Clyde and Voneta (Foster) McElmurry. 

Gary is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Sissy McElmurry of Boerne; sister Beverly Shepard of Lee's Summit, Missouri; stepsons J.T. Rose (April) and West Rose of Boerne; nephews Rick Shepard, Randy Sheppard and Brian Shepard (Kelly), all of Kansas City; as well as grandchildren Hayden and Addison Rose. 

After graduation from Northeast High School in Kansas City, Gary attended the University of Central Missouri where he was a member of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. While in the service, he marched in President Lyndon B. Johnson's Inauguration Parade Color Guard.  

Gary spent his long career with Mid Missouri Books (MBS) in Columbia, Missouri. Gary traveled the country extensively during his career, visiting colleges and universities across America. Being an outgoing, funny and honorable professional, Gary made lifelong friends among co-workers as well as clients.

Gary loved playing golf; fun people, especially people who would listen to his many long stories; horses; and Sissy. One of his favorite hobbies was showing cutting horses. He was especially proud of his long and faithful membership as a Tejas Vaqueros. His Vaquero brothers will remember Gary as a fiercely loyal friend and brother.

Gary and Sissy, attended by several friends, were married in Woodstock, Vermont, in 2004. The couple then returned to Boerne, Texas, to enjoy life in the Hill Country.

All who remember Gary are asked to celebrate his life in their own way. Gary would no doubt suggest raising a glass or two of Costco boxed red wine or a Dr. Pepper.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 16, 2021, at 1 p.m. at 338 Ammann Road., Boerne, Texas 78015. The family asks in lieu of flowers that donations be made to Camp John Marc at 4925 Greenville Ave., Suite 400, Dallas, TX 75206; The Wounded Warrior Project at; or the University Missouri Women’s Golf Team at

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Arrangements with Ebensberger-Fisher Funeral Home of Boerne.