Gary Mize Sr.
SIKESTON — Gary L. Mize Sr., better known as “Stomper,” passed away on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at the age of 73.
Gary was born on Jan. 2, 1947, in Sikeston, Missouri, to Carmen “Pug” Mize and Faye Richardson but was raised by his grandparents, John Henry and Stella Thompson. Mr. Mize loved his nation and proudly served his country in the United States Army. He received a Silver Rose award for his exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. Gary was a Deputy Sheriff with the Scott County Sheriff’s Department in Benton, Missouri, for 21 years. He was an honorable and loyal person who never looked down upon anyone, and his daily example has inspired his children to live the same way. This is one of many qualities that made him such a great law enforcement officer and friend. One of his favorite past times was antique shopping-he loved the thrill of the hunt. Stomper had a way of making people laugh with his wicked sense of humor. He had a great personality that was fun, loving, and charming. He never met a stranger. Mr. Mize was a family man who adored his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He will forever be remembered by all who knew and loved him.
He is survived by children, Heather Mize-Wood, Shelly (Keith) Almond, Gary “Scooter” (Bethany) Mize Jr., and Carmen Mize; eight grandchildren, Ethan (Kali) Elliott, Spencer Elliott, Lilly Wood, Sydney and Rylan Almond, Zavior, Zoey and Draven Mize; 3 great-grandsons, Landon, Wyatt, and Paxton. He was preceded in death by grandparents, John Henry and Stella Thompson; parents, Pug Mize and Faye Richardson; and grandchild, baby Mize.
The Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, March 13, 2020, at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Sellars Funeral Home at Mount Juliet. The family will receive friends on Friday, March 13, from 2 p.m. until service time at 4 p.m.
Interment will be held on Monday, March 16, 2020, at 2 p.m. at Missouri State Veterans Cemetery in Bloomfield, Missouri.
Amick-Burnett Funeral Chapel of Scott City, Missouri, is conducting arrangements.
Gary’s wish would be for us be kind to one another or help your neighbor or a stranger. Make a difference in someone’s life and in the world.