Gary Wayne Vedder, age 63, of New Port Richey, passed away suddenly on April 29, 2019. Gary was born on May 22, 1955 in Norwich, NY to Merle and Betty Vedder. He spent his youth growing up on a dairy farm. He came to Florida in 1971 as a teenager when his family relocated. He spent his working years as a carpenter, a trade he learned from his father. Gary and his brother owned their own carpentry business for many years. He was a very skilled woodworker. In 1986, Gary married the love of his life, Jodi.
Gary was a shy, quiet man who loved classic 70’s rock like Neil Young and Creedence Clearwater Revival. He was a wonderful father and had a great sense of humor. He was an avid outdoorsman. Gary backpacked to Estes Park, CO and explored the Rockies. In the mid-80’s summers, they’d spend nearly every weekend together on Lake Tarpon fishing and boating. Gary also loved to hunt with his sons. He took yearly trips to Georgia during hunting season and always competed with his friends for who could bring home the best. There was one-year Gary took down a 10-point buck, which earned him the nickname “The Great White Hunter”. His daughter had it printed on a t-shirt for Christmas and the name stuck.
Gary is survived by his wife of nearly 33 years, Jodi, sons, Jeremy and Quintin; daughter, Bridget (Roger)Vest; brother, William; sisters: Gail, Joanne (Philip) Klein, Lori (Ron) Taylor; and grandchildren: Ethan, Aidan and Lily Vest.
A gathering of friends and family will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Michels and Lundquist Funeral Home from 11am to 1pm.
In lieu of flowers, please contribute to the memorial fund set up in Gary’s name to help his family through this sudden, tragic loss.
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