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1939 Sherwood Way
San Angelo, TX 76901
Phone: (325) 268-0471
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Gary Bernzott

Gary William Bernzott

Wednesday, October 21st, 1953 - Saturday, April 4th, 2020
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Gary William Bernzott of San Angelo, TX, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2020 at the age of 66, after a well-fought battle against all odds following a lung transplant in 2001.

Gary was born in Santa Cruz, California to William Bernzott and Fern Roberta Burrkett on October 21, 1953. He graduated from Soquel High School in 1971. After serving three years in the United States Coast Guard and receiving an honorable discharge, he worked at Grand Canyon National Park for several years in multiple roles, where he further developed his lifelong passion for National Parks and the outdoors. In 2004 he received an associate degree in computer science at Howard College in San Angelo, TX, having made the Dean’s List several times, as well as the President’s list, earning numerous awards. A fond memory of Gary’s was his trip to NASA, as he was chosen to help draft a mock-up of a Mars rover.

Gary enjoyed participating in Veteran’s Day parades, taking his wife on road trips near and far, and remodeling their home. His daughter’s favorite memories are of Gary teaching her to sketch and write calligraphy at a young age. He loved spending time with all six of his grandchildren.

Gary is survived by his wife Shirley Bernzott, her children Rachel Greer (husband Hunter Greer), Matthew Griffin (wife Brittany Griffin), and grandchildren Bae, Landon, and Jayden; his sister Linda Ashton and brother-in-law Terry Ashton; his daughter Ardena Bernzott Lennon, son-in-law Steve Lennon, and grandchildren Aubriana, Alexis, and Sawyer; his Aunt Jean, and many close friends.

Gary is preceded in death by his father William and his mother Fern. Together with his sister Linda and wife Shirley, Gary took his mother’s ashes by motorcycle from San Angelo, TX to the Grand Canyon, where she was laid to rest.

Gary’s wish was to be cremated and laid to rest at Palo Duro Canyon. His spirit was still willing to fight, but his body was tired. He is now able to once again enjoy motorcycle rides, free of pain and worry.
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Shirley Stuller-Bernzott

Posted at 08:25pm
Saturday April 4 at 934 am I lost my husband, my best friend. Gary was a selfless man! If it were in his power he helped any one in need of help! I have so many memories, it would take space then allowed to share them all! Gary fought a long, hard battle! He lived with pain daily but through it all, he always made sure I was taken care of and tried to make any dream I had come true! His last few weeks, he spent hours looking online for my little red barn (little storage shed) and a little green house! He would send me pictures and was trying to figure out how he could get it for me!
Gary took an old run down pigeon coop and turned it into my cabin! He endured pain to work on it and id watch as he limped into the house after working as long as he could! I named my cabin My Wits End! My cabin will always hold special memories! It was definitely a labor of love!
Gary loved to cook! He used to tell me stories of cooking at the Grand canyon! He did 99.9% of the cooking, even in his worst pain! I loved his Bernzott medleys as he called them! I think his favorite meal to cook was breakfast! He would get up early with me sometimes and cook me breakfast before I had to leave for work. I loved his avocado omelets! I'm sad he never got his dream, to open a little cafe or bed and breakfast! Gary and I loved staying in cabins in the Hill Country!
Gary took pride in that he was able to get me back on a motorcycle! I had some bad memories and mishaps on a motorcycle but I felt safe with him! I loved his Vstrom, we took a trip to the Grand Canyon on it along with his sister and her husband. While there he got to show me where he had cooked, the El Tavar. His eyes lit up when he talked about the Grand Canyon! We took many trips on the bike, to Big Bend, the Hill Country and Palo Duro Canyon, hopefully where I'll be able to take him for his final resting place! Would be great to take him on a motorcycle but I don't drive one! :0)
A couple days before passing, I got to face time with Gary! That time will be forever etched in my mind! I hate all this happened during the virus! I missed a whole week of visiting with him! Friday I got call, I could go up to the hospital I knew it was not good, then letting me back in the hospital! But I also knew it meant Gary would not pass alone! I spent all day Friday with him. Saturday morning I spent with him, along with his sister. Those were some of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make! I got to hold his hand, talk to him and kiss him numerous times before he passed! I would encourage everyone, don't let a day to by without telling your spouse you love them! Gary and I did not say it often but I had no doubt he loved me until the end, by him always wanting to see my dreams come true! He never got to see the house finished but I will do my best to finish it! I would also encourage everyone, make sure you have pictures of you and your spouse together!
I'm closing, I'll forever have our commercial! I always smile when I see it! So one more time for you, Gary.....well Liberty Biberth , Liberty Beachamoo! I'll never forget the smile on his face the Friday night in the hospital I said it to him! RIP, it comforts me to know you are no longer in pain!
I'll sign off like you always signed my cards.....in your beautiful hand writing..... Love, Me!! I'll miss you delivering drinks or a salad to the daycare! And revving the engine for the kids!!
I'll forever love and cherish our memories! And getting to experience life with you! XOXO I love you!!!
RJ

Ron Juhl

Posted at 05:11pm
My condolences,I considered him a friend.
Ron Juhl
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