TORRINGTON – Funeral services for Gary Lee Mehling, 70, will be 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019, at the Immanuel United Church of Christ in Lyman, Neb., with the Rev. Dr. Robert Smith and Pastor Cindy Bowker officiating. Burial will follow at the Valley View Cemetery in Torrington.
Gary died while tending his cattle east of Hawk Springs. Memorials may be made to the Immanuel United Church of Christ. Viewing will be Monday from 3 – 5 p.m. at the Colyer Funeral Home and the casket will be open at the church prior to the service.
Arrangements are by the Colyer Funeral Home and condolences may be sent to www.colyerfuneralhome.com.
Gary was born Jan. 26, 1949, in Scottsbluff, Neb., during the Blizzard of '49, the youngest son of Jake Jr. and Irene (Reichert) Mehling. He grew up in the Huntley area and graduated from Huntley High School in 1967. He then attended Eastern Wyoming College, where he played on their first basketball team.
In August of 1970, he married his best friend and the love of his life, Kathy Smith. Gary went on to earn his degree from the University of Wyoming in Agricultural Engineering in December 1971. He was hand-picked by the Wyoming State Engineer as a Hydrographer-Commissioner right out of college, starting in March 1972. He also served in the Wyoming National Guard for five years.
Moving back to Goshen County, Gary and Kathy built their home across the road from his original childhood home in the Table Mountain area, raising a son and a daughter there. While he was working for the state, they also started farming and ranching, first alongside his parents, then brothers Harold and Bob, and later their kids, Kelly and Jamie. Through the years they primarily grew corn, alfalfa, and small grains and even tried turnips. They also raised many cattle in that time, finally settling on Salers after trying Shorthorns, Herefords and Limousines.
He retired in 2013 after 41 years working in Torrington for the State Engineer's Office so he could focus on his love of farming and ranching. From the time he was old enough to milk a cow, he farmed with his family, for about 65 years.
Gary enjoyed spending quality time with his kids and grandkids, especially on the farm, and supporting all their activities. He also enjoyed taking care of his cows and calves, fishing in the mountains and chatting with friends. He was on the Goshen County Weed and Pest Board for many years and served in several positions at the Immanuel United Church of Christ.
Gary's family and friends will always remember him for his quick smile, fun-loving attitude, friendliness and above all his amazing work ethic.
Gary is survived by his wife of 49 years, Kathy of Torrington; a son Kelly (Jamie) Mehling also of Torrington; a daughter Jamie (Tim) Rasnake of Wheatland; two brothers Bob Mehling and Harold (Marilyn) Mehling both of Torrington; five grandchildren Bailey, Kassidy and Rory Mehling and Kaylee and Chase Rasnake and many extended family members.
He was preceded in death by his parents.