Gary L. Aus

Gary Aus, 64, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, while on the trip of a lifetime rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon.

Gary L. Aus

Gary resided in Leavenworth, building Ausome homes for you. He was born in Fullerton, Ca., on Aug. 28, 1947, the son of Millard and Margaret (Sinnings) Aus.

Gary married Christine Tank on Feb. 16, 1985, in Colorado Springs, Colo. he graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business and he continued his education later in life when he achieved a Master’s Degree from Webster University. He had a distinguished Army career of over 20 years. He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received many awards and honors as a helicopter pilot. Gary retired from the Army in 1992 while stationed at Fort Leavenworth. After retirement he went on to become a respected member of the community where he was involved in several business partnerships most recently with Wayne Domann. Gary is a past president and member of the Kiwanis of Lansing. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth, where he served as elder and deacon.

Gary was a loving husband to Chris Aus and a loving father to Michael Rosenbaum, Meredith (Aaron) Hunt, and Maggie Aus. He was an adoring grandfather “Papa” to Ella and Kaylin Hunt. Additional survivors are his nieces, cousins, and aunt and uncle who will miss greatly.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth.

Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, the Lansing Educational Foundation or Carnegie Arts Center.