Gary George Counts, Sr., 74, passed away with family at his side
peacefully at home on November 26, 2022.
He was born October 27, 1948 in Keysville, MO, the son of the late
Arthur Lee Counts and the late Eula (Eaton) Counts. He met and
married Joyce Ann (Street) Counts September 3, 1966, they settled in
Steelville where he took on the role of being a husband, father and
provider to the family he so greatly treasured.
Gary’s greatest joy in life was taking care of his family, to which he
gave his unconditional love and devotion. Gary worked as a union
carpenter most of his adult life. He has put in countless hours of his
own time working on or building all of our homes. He enjoyed hunting
of any kind, fishing, and horseback riding. He loved spending time with
his grandchildren and great grandchildren and was always ready for a
walk to feed the horse, the immortal rabbit (if you know, you know) or
to give a ride on the tractor or 4-wheeler. He was truly a man of honor
and integrity, never once doubting his love for us all.
Gary is survived by sons: G. George (Barbara) Counts of Steelville,
Richard (Trisha) Counts of Cuba, daughters: Lori Giallongo of Steelville
and Sarah (Steve) Phenix of Steelville. Soni n law Richard Pitts.
Grandchildren: Jonathon (Shelby) Counts, Ashton Matchell, Heather
(Fiance Ryan) Counts, Lacey (Ryan) Brumley, Ryan (fiance Elena) Counts,
Brandon (Madison) Howdeshell, Nathan (Becca) Howdeshell, Makayla
Counts, Kyle (Kaysie) Phenix, Levi Phenix, Wyatt Phenix and Logan
Phenix. Great grandchildren: Coraline, Reagan, Lochlan, Gavin, Braxon,
Ellie Jo, Madison and Ryder. Special Friend: Darlene Mullen. Brother:Frank (Connie) Counts of Steelville. Sister in law Barb (Dave) Pugh of the state of Ohio. Brothers in law: Everett Williams of Cuba and Melvin
Street of Wright City. Dear friends Bill and Sharon Schafer, as well as many
nieces, nephews and friends.
In addition to his parents, Gary was preceded in death by his wife,
Joyce, son in law, Giovanni Giallongo, Jr., sister Willa Mae Williams,
brothers: Earl (Erma) Counts, Lee (Mary) Counts and Tom (Priss)
Counts, mother and father in law, Frankie Street and Charles Street.
A Celebration of life Memorial Service will be held at Bob’s
Gasoline Alley on December 10, 2022. Visitation will be from 11am –
12pm, Memorial Service at Noon with Bro. Alan Miles officiating.
The family wishes to acknowledge with deep appreciation the
many expressions of love, concern and kindness shown during this