Date of death: 5/14/2009
Saint Meinrad Class: O 1967
Gary Wayne Sitzman was born in Evansville, IN to Wilburn and Rosedith Sitzman. He grew up and attended school in Evansville. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Evansville, IN. Gary attended Saint Meinrad Seminary then graduated from Reitz Memorial High School. He went on to graduate from the University of Evansville in 1964.He was united in marriage to Julie Anne Woodward. They made their homein Cat Spring, were Gary’s favorite past time was to rebuild his vintage Mustangs. He also enjoyed golfing, playing his guitar and singing for family and friends. Also, Gary loved to partake in any of his grandchildren’s hobbies, including dance and helping to build various props. He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Sealy.He began his professional career with Ford Motor Company. He held various titles throughout his years with Ford and retired in 1996 as manager of tech. planning. Gary passed away at the age of 67.He is survived by his wife, Julie Sitzman; daughters, Laura Swearingen and husband Chad of Sealy, and Jennifer Wykoff and husband Mike of Michigan; stepchildren, Nathan, Katie and Kirsten O’Reilly; mother-in-law, Mary Woodward of Michigan; brothers, Mike Sitzman and wife Betty of Indiana, and Greg Sitzman and wife Vicki of Indiana; sister, Debbie Thomas of Indiana; grandchildren, Trevor Blankenship, Stacey Fleming, and Brandon and Taylor Swearingen; many nieces and nephews of Indiana; and many friends.He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilburn and Rosedith Sitzman.In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, Tenn. 381057800-873-6983, www.stjude.org/tribute.Information obtained from The Sealy News online, www.sealynews.com.