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Columbia Missourian

Gary E. Naugle Sr., Feb. 21, 1940 — Feb. 17, 2013, of Columbia

By Memorial Funeral Home
February 18, 2013 | 5:48 p.m. CST

Gary E Naugle Sr., 72, of Columbia, passed away surrounded by his loving family on February 17, 2013, after a long, courageous battle with cancer. 

Gary was born in Johnstown, PA, on February 21, 1940, to Leonard and Grace (Stahl) Naugle. He married his childhood sweetheart, Edith Billetdeoux, on March 30, 1959. After being stationed in Korea in the Army, he and Edith settled in St. Louis, MO where he began his 55 year career in the home-building industry. 

In 1969 he came to Columbia where he served as Founder and President of The Naugle Company for 40 years. He and his company built over 500 new homes with over 4000 home improvements. He also supervised the design process and built the Benedictine Sisters Monastery. 

Among his other accomplishments were; President of Columbia Home Builders Association with over 20 years as board member; Member of National Association of the Remodelers Industry; Member of the Local and National Board of Realtors; Appointment to the Columbia Building Codes Commission; Selected as one of the Top 50 Remodelers for Remodeling Magazine. He officially retired in 2009 passing the business on to his sons. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since 1969.

He is survived by his wife Edith, the love of his life of 53 years; His mother-in-law, Catherine McDonald (101) of Columbia. His children, Gary Jr. (Leslie); Leonard (Kristi), Shawn (Paula), Charles (Delesia), all of Columbia; Katy Bales (Lyle) of Moberly. His 12 grandchildren: David, Andy, Cameron, Ryan and Lindsey Naugle and Erik Carlson of Columbia, Drew and Amber Naugle of Warrensburg, Katelyn and Courtney Bales of Moberly, Lyle Bales, Jr., of VA, Jeffery Rains (Erika) of AZ. His aunt, Mary Butzburger of FL. His sisters; Ruth Chynoweth, Johnstown, PA; Alice Kneezle and Pat Owens, of St. Louis, MO and Joan Stroer of Columbia, MO.

Gary was preceded in death by his parents, four brothers and three sisters. 

Gary’s whole life was devoted to his family and was loved by all. His love of building was inspired by his mother, Grace. He was an RV enthusiast and loved traveling the mountains of Pennsylvania and to the sea shores of Florida with his family. He enjoyed frequent family reunions in Pennsylvania while visiting friends he grew up with. He will be missed by many nieces and nephews who looked to him for guidance.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm, on Tuesday, February 19, 2013, at Memorial Funeral Home. A funeral Mass will be at 10:00 am, on Wednesday, February 20, 2013, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Interment will follow in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be made to Missouri Cancer Associates, located at 1705 E. Broadway, Suite 100, Columbia, MO 65201.

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