Gary Lee Vondra

April 4, 1961July 9, 2019

Gary Lee Vondra April 4, 1961 – July 9, 2019 Gary Lee Vondra, age 58 passed away on Tuesday July 9, 2019. Gary was born April 4, 1961 in Concord, California to Melvin and Caryl Vondra (Shanahan). Gary had a gentle heart and a giving soul. He loved his children and family dearly and will be greatly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He enjoyed organizing family gatherings or trips which his extended family speak of as some of their fondest memories. He enjoyed coaching the high school bowling team which he led to many victories. Gary also loved animals of many kinds and owned a variety in his lifetime. People who knew him could always count on him to be very generous with his time and help any of them when they needed him. He is survived by his mother, Caryl; children, son Tony Vondra of Lincoln and daughter Stacey (Kurtis) Conover of Lincoln, grandson Levi, siblings, Connie Vondralee, Dan (Lisa) Vondra of Lincoln, Kay (Mike) Rodriguez of Lincoln. Gary had many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Gary was preceded in death by his father Melvin. A celebration of Gary’s life will be from 1:00-4:00 PM Saturday, July 20, 2019, at Calvert Rec Center, 4500 Stockwell St, Lincoln. Condolences can be left at


20 July

Celebration of Life

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Calvert Rec Center

4500 Stockwell Street
Lincoln, NE


Gary Lee Vondra

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Becky and Don Brinson

July 17, 2019

We are so sorry for the loss of Gary. I went through elementary and high school with Gary and have known him for many years. In high school he would hang out with us and other friends from Eagle, all of us trying to stay out of trouble (which didn't always happen). I can't forget his Trans Am and every time I see one I think of him. What great memories! We would run into Gary from time to time and he'd always stop and visit with us with a big smile on his face, so happy to see some of his old friends. He will greatly missed by many people, he left behind many friends.

Becky (Thurston) and Don Brinson

Paul Checketts

July 17, 2019

Used to work across the isle from Gary. Late one evening when he wasn't looking I put fifty pounds of steel in his lunch box. About broke his arm when started running for the time clock. Good friend.

Denise Bulling

July 17, 2019

Stacey - So sorry to hear of your family's loss. We will always remember your dad as smiling and cheering as you and the rest of the "star strutters" did your thing at LNE. He was always so proud of you. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
Denise & Ted Bulling

Christina Born

July 15, 2019

Stacey and I were super close in middle school and high school. I stayed over at Gary’s house almost every weekend for a while. Gary always called me his couch potato bc I slept there often. Gary would always ask me, “how is it going couch potato?” I loved that he always took an interest in how I was and for letting me stay all the time! He really was a great guy! My heart breaks for his family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers 🙏🏼

Amanda Mikesh

July 15, 2019

I met Gary through high school bowling. I bowled with his daughter Stacy. He coached us our senior year when we brought the championship home.

He will be greatly missed.

“Let’s go Rockets, let’s go!”

“Rocket to the pocket”

Rebecca Rader

July 12, 2019

I have known Gary since I was 9 years old. He was one of my mom's best friends. There was an instant bond between us and it only grew as the years when on.
In that, nearly 20 year time frame he was one of the best people I had ever had the pleasure of knowing. Like a second dad to me.
There are so many memories that we built together, trips that we took for my birthdays, he even became quite involved in both of my girls' lives.
My oldest loved him as much as I do, we had so many plans for the future.
He was a great man, the best man ever! If there ever was a perfect person on this world, it was Gary.
He always looked out for me, and helped me and my family when he could. And I can't even begin to describe the pain in my heart by his absence on Earth.
I love you, Gary.

Larry & Letha Nelson

July 12, 2019

We knew Gary from working with him at Parker. He purchased our horse, and took extremely good care of her. He was there when we needed help moving to our new home 9 years ago. Gary always had a smile and spoke of his children fondly.

Sending our condolences to those who are grieving the loss of Gary.

Julie Phillips

July 11, 2019

I met Gary while we were both cruising up and down O street, he was my first serious boyfriend. What I remember the most about Gary was his gentle soul and that he always wanted to do right by his friends and family. I remember he loved cats and his Trans Am. You know the one, blue with the Firebird on the hood, he babied that car.
I seen Gary a couple times through the years but we had lost touch. I thought of him often because he was such a happy memory. He will always have a special place in my heart.
Rest in Peace Gary and may the Lord wrap your family in his loving arms during this painful time.

Julie Phillips

Rhonda DeCamp

July 11, 2019

Gary has been a close friend since we moved to the Eagle area in 1978. We spent many hours hanging out. He always teased me about being the old one. He took on the Godfather role to my daughter, Becca, after my brother Bud passed. He has always been a great friend with a kind heart and a giving soul. Many prayers to his Children & grandson, his Mom and family. For healing during this time of sorrow. Gary is loved by many and will be greatly missed...

Rest in Peace my dear Friend

Janette Shaver-Malick

July 11, 2019

I always remember friends by their smiles, and Gary was quick to offer his! One summer when Larry and I had our acreage near Akron, Gary brought his ATV up, and joined us as we went riding in the sandhills. The quiet beauty of the pastures impressed him, and it brings me peace this sad time.

"He makes my lay down in green pastures, He restores my soul..." My your memories be sweet, and dwell on the promise of Gary's renewed spirit with God.

Holding you all in my heart,