Gary Vinton

Gary Vinton, age 68, of Milano, passed away Tuesday, July 18, 2017, at his home in Milano. Services were held Thursday, July 20, 2017, at Phillips & Luckey Funeral Home in Rockdale with Burt Graham officiating. Burial was in the Milano Cemetery. Visitation was held before the services at the funeral home.

Gary was born Aug. 2, 1948, to Gerald “Bigun” and Eugenia “Genie” Fern (Williams) Vinton. He was a lifelong resident of Milano and a graduate of Milano High School, Class of 1966. He and Carolyn Yakesch were married Dec. 23, 1968, in the Milano First Baptist Church. He served in the U.S. Army from 1968 to 1971. From 1972 to 2003, he worked at Alcoa until his retirement. He was a member of Milano First Baptist Church and of Milano Volunteer Fire Department where he was serving as current president.

He was preceded in death by his father, Bigun on Dec. 17, 1997; and his mother, Genie on Aug. 3, 2008.

Surviving are his wife, Carolyn Vinton of Milano; son, Travis Vinton and wife Vanna of Port Neches; daughter, Crystal Denman and husband James of Rockdale; and grandson, Kolter Vinton.

Pallbearers are Garry Yakesch, John Alvin Yakesch, Robert Yakesch, Ben King, Mike Grohosky, Bill Graham, Karl Westbrook and Kain Dodd.

The members of Milano Volunteer Fire Department will serve as honorary pallbearers.

Memorials may be made in Gary’s memory to the Milano VFD, P.O. Box 215, Milano, Texas 76556.