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Gary Lee Sides was born August 21, 1954 in Cheyenne, Oklahoma to Bula May (Clay) and Samuel Morgan Sides. He passed away Tuesday, December 29th, 2020 at Elk City, Oklahoma at the age of 66 years, 4 months and 8 days.
Gary grew up south of Durham and attended school in Reydon graduating in 1972. After graduation he attended Southwestern Oklahoma State University for a semester before enlisting in the United States Air Force in January of 1973. During his time of service he was stationed in Fairbanks, AK, Del Rio, TX, Lubbock, TX, Azores, Portugal, Mesquite, TX before being discharged as a E-8 Senior Master Sargent from Carswell Air Force Base in Ft. Worth, Texas. After his discharge, he returned to Reydon, Oklahoma where he began farming and ranching while also being active in the community by being elected mayor. In 2016, after his mother passed away, he returned to the house he grew up in south of Durham, Oklahoma. He enjoyed playing dominoes with friends and family, fishing with family, cooking for family dinners and funerals, took great pride in arranging family reunions, and felt most at home checking his cattle. Gary was one of the first calls for many families in Roger Mills county when they needed someone to check their cattle or ever needed a helping hand. He is preceded in death by his parents and one granddaughter, Chloe Sides.
Gary is survived by 5 children, Amanda Servais and husband, Dustin, Tulsa, OK, Caleb Perkins and wife, Renee, Elk City, OK, Carson Sides and wife, Terrah, Cheyenne, OK, Samuel Sides and wife, Kaitlin, Mooreland, OK and Brock Sides and wife, Amber, Anchorage, AK; 12 grandchildren; 4 brothers, Dan, Charles, Kevin and Bill Sides; the mothers of his children, Diane Bonser and Pat Sides and a host of other relatives and friends.
Due to the current pandemic, the family will have a private graveside service at Fairview Cemetery officiated by Chuck Milner.
Arrangements are under the direction of Chris Whinery and the staff of Affordable Cremation Service-West. Condolences can be made online at www.classicfunerals. com