Our beloved husband, father, and grandfather, Gary Robert Sackmann of Brookings, SD passed away on Monday, Feb. 15, at the age of 72 surrounded by his loving family after a lengthy battle with prostate cancer.
Gary was born in Medford, WI to his parents, Robert Anton Sackmann and Lillian Joyce Sackmann on July 8, 1948. He was the oldest of six children (Glen, Nancy, Ray, Jess, and Peggy). He met the love of his life, Susan Rae Nelson from Bruce, WI while at college and they married on June 6th, 1970. This last year they celebrated 50 years of marriage together. Gary served two years in the United States Army upon completing college as a Sentry Dog Handler.
Following his time in the Army, he worked at Jacques Seed Company in Prescott, WI before relocating the family to Brookings, SD in 1992. It wasn’t long after the move to Brookings that Gary found his true life’s calling, working in the vending business.
The vending business soon turned into Dad’s modern day farm. Grandpa Gary was dedicated to his vending career working well past retirement age up to the last year prior to his passing, but he was committed to his work and most importantly the people he met along the way.
Gary will be remembered for the little things that brought him countless joys and happiness in his spare time. Dad enjoyed cutting and splitting wood and mowing the lawn. He also enjoyed the outdoor activities of fishing and hunting in the area.
As a proud Veteran and Brookings American Legion Post 74 member, Gary dedicated his time working at the Legion with his comrades.
With death, Gary is reunited with his parents, Rob & Lillian, his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Gilbert and Elsie, and his daughter, Tanya who died at the age of 7. Gary’s wife, Susan, will continue her love for Gary until they meet again. Dad’s legacy will carry on through his three boys, twins Daryl (Melany) and Michael (Jolyn), and youngest son John (Sara). His greatest gifts were his six grandchildren Brayden, Cayle, Hannah, Ronan, Nolan, and Raven who will continue to treasure the memories, stories, and values of Grandpa Gary throughout their lives. We all miss him.
Friends and family are invited to a visitation service on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 1-3 p.m. at Eidsness Funeral Home. A private memorial service will be conducted for close family and friends from 10-11 a.m. that will be live-streamed on the funeral home’s website. We ask that any memorial donations be directed to Brookings American Legion Post 74.
Gary’s full obituary and access to the live-streamed memorial service is available at Eidsness Funeral Home website www.eidsnessfuneralhome.com.