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 Gary Lee Aus

Gary Lee Aus

Fullerton, Orange County, California, USA
Death 18 Sep 2011 (aged 64)
Grand Canyon, Coconino County, Arizona, USA
Burial Leavenworth, Leavenworth County, Kansas, USA
Plot Section 58A, Row 15, Site 20
Memorial ID 76772906 · View Source
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age: 64 yrs 0 mos 20 days

Residence: Kansas

Two men fell out of one of the rafts near Lava Falls, according to a National Park Service news release. One man made it to safety. The second man, Gary Aus, 64, of Leavenworth, Kansas, was swept down river.

One of the other boats tried to rescue Aus, but he was only able to hold on to the side of the boat for a while before being swept down river again.


Gary Lee Aus, 64, died on Sunday, Sept. 18, 2011, while on the trip of a life-time rafting down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. Gary resided in Leavenworth, building Ausome homes for you. He was born in Fullerton, CA, on Aug. 28, 1947, the son of Millard and Margaret (Sinnings) Aus.

Gary married Christine Tank on Feb. 16, 1985, in Colorado Springs, CO.

He graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in Business and he continued his education later in life when he achieved a Master's Degree from Webster University. He had a distinguished Army career of over 20 years.

He achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and received many awards and honors as a helicopter pilot. Gary retired from the Army in 1992 while stationed at Fort Leavenworth. After retirement, he went on to become a respected member of the community where he was involved in several business partnerships most recently with Wayne Domann.

Gary is a past president and member of the Kiwanis of Lansing. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth, where he served as elder and deacon.

Gary was a loving husband to Chris Aus and a loving father to Michael Rosenbaum, Meredith (Aaron) Hunt, and Maggie Aus. He was an adoring grandfather "Papa" to Ella and Kaylin Hunt.

Additional survivors are his nieces, cousins, and aunt and uncle who will miss greatly.

Visitation will be from 2 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, at the R.L. Leintz Funeral Home. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Monday, at the First Presbyterian Church of Leavenworth. Memorials are suggested to First Presbyterian Church, the Lansing Educational Foundation, or Carnegie Arts Center.

Published in Kansas City Star
on September 24, 2011


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  • Created by: Marilyn
  • Added: 19 Sep 2011
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