Gary Lee Kissel
1968 - 2019
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December 30, 1968 ˜ July 8, 2019

Gary Lee Kissel of Vancouver, WA, passed away at home, after a two-year struggle with lung cancer, on Mon., July 8, 2019, at 10:10 p.m., in the presence of his family. He was born on Dec. 30, 1968 in Las Vegas, NV to Marilyn and Donald Kissel. Gary graduated from Central Kitsap High School in 1987.
He went on to earn his Bachelors of Arts in Psychology (1996) and his Masters of Social Work (2012) at Eastern Washington University.
Gary served in the U.S. Navy Reserve until May 1997, as a Corpsman, mobilized for Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm.
Gary married Anne Marie Talley in 1998 in Our Lady of Lourdes Cathedral in Spokane, WA.
He worked as a Chemical Dependency Professional in Washington and later in Oregon. Gary was a counselor for many years before transitioning into management. He ended his career as a Service Director for LifeWorks Northwest.
Gary was trained as a professional opera singer, and served in his church choirs in both Spokane and Vancouver. He was a Black Belt in Tae-Kwon-Do and was proud to have his entire family also involved.
Gary loved spending time with friends and family. He loved science fiction and fantasy, in particular Star Trek. His favorite author was David Eddings.
Gary is survived by his wife, Anne Marie Kissel; son, Rafael Lee (age 10); and daughter, Mariah Anne (age 8); his parents; and sisters, Karen of Austin, TX and Doreen of Spokane, WA.
A funeral will be at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Vancouver, WA at 11 a.m., Tues., July 16, 2019. Viewing will be at 10 a.m. with the Rosary at 10:30 a.m. Gary will then be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery, with a committal ceremony at 2 p.m.
Hamilton-Mylan Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Cards and flowers can be sent to the funeral home at 302 W. 11th St., Vancouver, WA 98660.
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Published in The Columbian on Jul. 14, 2019.
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July 8, 2020
Sweet man. Miss his guitar playing. You may have moved on but you are not forgotten.❣
Marguerite Brunk
July 17, 2019
Having worked literally side by side with Gary when he first started at Lifeworks NW,I got to know him before he worked his way up the food chain. I learned so much about him and his life. This baseline of friendship never altered and despite his positions, and that he would not cease to fire me if he had to. I always encouraged him to send all the stories of his youth to Saturday Night Live because they were so hysterical!! He was an amazing man to me. He was soooo funny; he maintained such a heart for God; despite some of his presentations (flat affect, observing with few words, black leather jacket and dark attire) he was very clinical; he had the patience of Job, and he was so VERY devoted to his family (I so enjoyed learning all about your courtship with him Anne). His children do not know me, but I know All about them!! He so adored and was so extremely proud of both of them. Even though I know that he is in a good place right now, my heart misses him, and I can only imagine what Anne and their children are experiencing. You will continue to be in my heart and prayers.
Kelly Clark
July 17, 2019
Your perseverance and involvement in continuing to live til the end is a trait I hope both of your kids will take with them.
Mrs. Nadia Love
Nadia Love
July 16, 2019
Gary was the most patient and compassionate supervisor. I learned so much from him. You will be missed Gary.Rest in Peace
Lianne Roland
July 16, 2019
I appreciated Gary's wonderfully wry sense of humor. He will always be remembered.
Rebeccah Paget
July 15, 2019
Rest in Love Gary
July 15, 2019
Gary was a great supervisor and Service director. He helped me become the clinician I am today. Im forever grateful. Rest in Love Gary
Ms Cheryl
July 15, 2019
Rest in peace Gary!! Miss your friendship and fellowship!! Thank you. We miss you specially in our choir family at Holy Redeemer. Deepest condolence Anne, Rafe, Mariah and to Gary's mom and sisters. Our thoughts and prayers.
Francis Guevara
July 15, 2019
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Shelly Toussaint
July 14, 2019
You have freedom now. Walk with the angels and sing in the heavenly choir. You are greatly missed.
Marguerite Brunk
July 14, 2019
You will be missed. You were a strong and generous man, beloved husband and father.
Anne Kissel
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