Gary M. Breneman, 70, of the Grand Lake area, Jay, Oklahoma, and a former longtime Parsons resident, died at 9:52 a.m., Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at Freeman West Hospital in Joplin.  Death followed a year long illness and complications from Myasthenia Gravis.

      He was born in Parsons on April 20, 1940, to Melvin V. and Ethel F. (Daniel) Breneman.  He attended Parsons schools and the Oklahoma Military Academy at Claremore.   During his childhood he became a member of the Methodist Church.  His mother died when he was nine years old, in 1949, and later his father married Helaine Wright.

      On February 1, 1959 he and Ardith Osborne were married at Drumright, OK.   She survives of the home at Grand Lake.

      He owned and operated the family business, Melvin’s Auto Parts, in Parsons for many years, selling it in 1996.  For 10 years he was a partner in the Countryside Farm and Home Store in Parsons.

      He was an avid hummingbird watcher and feeder and loved to boat and fish.  He especially enjoyed spending time with his family and to travel on his motorcycle.  After death, he became an eye donor.

SURVIVORS –

Wife – Ardith Breneman     of the home

One son – Chris Breneman and his wife Rosie  Parsons

Four grandchildren –

      Christopher Michael Breneman   San Antonio, TX

      Amanda Jane (A.J.) Breneman-Esquivel   Houston, TX

      Ryan Christopher Breneman    Ann Arbor, MI

      Jacob Lee Breneman     Rolla, MO

One great-grandson

Sister – Carole Hanvy and her husband Jerry   Tuscon, AZ

Aunt – Agnes Munson     Nowata, OK

Nephew – North Charles     Kansas City, MO

Niece – Cortney Charles     Parsons

Preceding him in death was a son, Scott Breneman; his parents and  his step-mother, Helaine Breneman

MEMORIAL SERVICE – will be at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, at the Carson-Wall Funeral Home in Parsons.  Following the service the family requests that friends join them for lunch and a time of visiting at the Sirloin Stockade Restaurant in Parsons.

      Memorials are suggested to the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation.  They may be left at or sent to the funeral home at Box 942, Parsons, KS  67357.  Online condolences may be sent to www.wallfuneralservices.com