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Obituary for Gary David Beisinger

Gary David Beisinger, died unexpectedly May 3, 2018. Gary was born on November 3, 1942, in St. Joseph, Missouri, the son of James Bourne Beisinger and Dorothy Fern Martin. Gary graduated from West Platte High School in Weston, Mo., class of 1961. Following graduation, he served with the U.S. Navy on the USS Taussig, stationed in San Diego, Calif. It’s during this time that he met and married his wife, Hope Sparks Darwin. They celebrated 53 years of marriage last October. While stationed in Hawaii, he served on the Admiral Thomas Moore joint chief of staff on CincPac Fleet. Once retired, he and Hope moved to Saint Joseph, Missouri, where he worked for Crown Cork and Seal and then was transferred to La Crosse, Wisconsin. He worked for Crown Cork and Seal for 38 years. Gary loved his family deeply, he loved his country, and loved nature. He appreciated beauty through the lenses of a camera. Gary had a gift to capture a moment in time, he was a living pool of wisdom and inspiration to his family and friends. He spent a lot of time with his wife, Hope, hiking and traveling to many of the National Parks, Yellowstone was his favorite. Gary was preceded in death by his parents. Surviving in addition to his wife Hope Beisinger, are his daughters, Vikki Fitzpatrick and her husband, Jason Fitzpatrick; daughter, Leanne Zamora and husband, Michael Zamora; 5 grandchildren, Sydney Fitzpatrick, Jacob Fitzpatrick, Bella Zamora, Maysen Zamora, and Gabriella Zamora. In addition are his brother, Robert James Beisinger; and sister, Ruth Ann Teegarden. A service of remembrance will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, May 9, 2018, at Jandt-Fredrickson Funeral Home, Woodruff Chapel, 4239 Mormon Coulee Road, La Crosse, Wis. Pastor Stephanie M. Steiner will officiate. A visitation will be held one hour before the service of remembrance at 10 a.m. at the funeral home. Military Honors will follow at the funeral home by the Gittens-Leidel American Legion Post 595 of La Crescent, Minn., and the United States Navy Funeral Honor Guard. A luncheon at the Hokah Fire Station banquet hall, Hokah, Minn will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family are preferred. Online condolences may be sent at