Military veteran

Gwyn Lamar VanCleave, 68, died Monday, July 8, 2013, at Texas County Memorial Hospital.

He was born Feb. 16, 1945, in Atlanta, Ga., son of Rheda Bridges and Edith Virginia Day VanCleave. He and Irene Alberta Capps were married Aug. 11, 1967, in Fort Sam Houston, Texas.

He served in Vietnam as a medic. After 14 months of service, he returned home and earned a degree in theology and minor in elementary education and history in from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tenn.

He taught church school for a short time, then studied to become a registered respiratory therapist. He worked in this field many years while raising his children. Later in his life, he went back to school and studied to become a registered massage therapist and registered nurse.

He was a member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and avidly studied scripture. He and Irene traveled together, sharing the eight laws of health, natural remedies and Bible studies to the countries of Papua New Guinea; Kenya, Africa; London, England; Germany; Sweden; Russia; Ukraine; and India.

He loved working in the garden and shared produce with many. He loved his children, grandchildren, other family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Dwight.

Survivors include his wife, Irene of Houston; three children, Stephen of Dallas, Texas, Carol Daul of Fort Riley, Kan., and Linda Greer of Riverside, Calif.; a sister, Brenda Lee of Chattanooga, Tenn.; a brother, Phillip VanCleave of Cleveland, Tenn.; five grandchildren; and numerous other family members.

Graveside services with full military honors were Friday, July 12, in Missouri Veterans Cemetery with Captain Chaplain Kevin Daul officiating. A family memorial service was that evening at Seventh-day Adventist Church in Houston under the direction of Evans Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to mission work in India. Online condolences may be made at

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