Silver Taps Notification
Gary Sumpter '66
September 3, 2020 9:59 AM
updated: September 3, 2020 10:28 AM
Gary Wayne Sumpter, 76 of Altoona died Sunday afternoon August 30, 2020 at James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center, Altoona.
He was born February 24, 1944 in Bend, Oregon a son of the late Carroll Charles and Mildred Fae (McDonald) Sumpter.
Surviving are his husband, George A. Snyder, III; siblings, Donna Greene (Ron) and Charles Sumpter; many nieces and nephews; and many loving family members.
Gary was a graduate of Paschal High School in Ft. Worth, Texas and Texas A & M University from where he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.
He was a veteran of the Viet Nam War where he received a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart Medal having served as a combat veteran with the artillery.
Earlier in his life, he served as a Sky Marshal for the United States Marshals Service.
Gary spent 40 years as an independent over-the-road truck driver where he attained 3 million miles of accident free driving. He retired from trucking in 2014 and began a journey of volunteering at the Sacred Heart Food Pantry. Gary was a faithful volunteer
as a patient transporter at James E. Van Zandt VA Medical Center.
He enjoyed reading and woodworking and was an awesome cook.
Family and friends will be received at a graveside service to honor Gary beginning at 11:00 a.m. Friday September 4, 2020 at Calvary Cemetery with Pastor Duane J. Coy officiating. Military honors will immediately follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions please be made to the Central Pennsylvania Humane Society, 1837 East Pleasant Valley Boulevard, Altoona, PA 16602.
Friday September 4, 2020 at 11:00 AM
Calvary Cemetery, Altoona
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