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Ellis County Capital
28 Oct 2004
Northwest Oklahoman & Ellis County News
28 Oct 2004

John Anthony Gex III

John Anthony Gex III was born July 12, 1952 in Shattuck to William (Bill) and Helen Gex. John Grew up in Denver, Colo., and spent all of his summers visiting his grandparents on the family ranch. John attended the Oklahoma Military Academy from 1968 through 1970 when he graduated.

On July 21, 1973, he married Debby Chrisman in Oklahoma City, and moved back to Denver, Colo., where John worked as a miner. In 1974, John and Debby welcomed their first child, Danielle. Two years later the family moved to Reno, Nevada, where J. B. and Dalynne were born. John worked in the construction business for eight years until returning to the family ranch in Follett. John and Debby completed their family by having their youngest child, Lutie in 1987. John ran the -L Ranch (a cow/calf operation) he owned with his sister, Betty, until the time of his death.

John loved to be at home on the ranch with his family and friends while watching his favorite teams play, the San Francisco Giants, San Francisco ‘49ers and the Oklahoma Sooners. One of his favorite pastimes was spending time with all his grandchildren. “We love you Papa”!! He loved to travel, visit family and friends, and attending various concerts with his wife, Debby. John fulfilled a life-time dream of owning his own place and property in Estes Park, Colo., just before he passed away.

John died October 20, 2004, in the place he loved the most, his home and ranch, in Follett, Texas.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, John “Pop” and Luti Gex and Charles and Helen Knight, his father, his aunts, Loretta Gex Potts and Ruth Gex, and his uncle Anthony Gex.

He is survived by his mother, Helen, and sister, Betty Dye and her husband Gary; his wife Debby, of 31 years, and their four children, Danielle Terrell and her husband Tyler at Great Falls, Montana, J. B. Gex and Nicky Berry of Oklahoma City, Dalynne Gex and her fiancé Martin Lewis of Woodward, and Lutie Gex of the home; seven grandchildren, Rylee, Reese, Devyn, Bianca, Payton, Detynne, and Cale; and many other special family and friends close to his heart.

Memorial contributions may be made to Follett National Bank for educational and scholarship purposes or a charity of choice.

Funeral services were held Monday, October 25, 2004 at 2:00 p.m. at the Follett High School Auditorium with Pastor Dan Carter officiating. Cremation followed. Services were under the direction of Mason Funeral Home of Shattuck.

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