GARY DWAIN SESSION
September 23, 1937 – August 14, 2021
Gary was born on September 23, 1937, in Hallis, Oklahoma, to
Vernon Edwin and Jewel Margaret (Clark) Session. He was
baptized at Avondale Baptist Church in Avondale, AZ, when he
was about ten years old.
He married Janice Annette Tillotson on March 11, 2000. They
were married in the courtyard of their home by Pastor Loren
Schaller. Gary and Jan were deeply devoted to one another.
True to their vows, they saw each other through sickness and
health. They enjoyed traveling, as well as a summer home in the
White Mountains. Gary was a good provider for his family. Throughout his life he work in
HVAC operating his own business, Kelly Air Conditioning.
Born Baptist and a lifelong Christian, Gary was confirmed Lutheran in July of 2000. He was
deeply devoted to Redeemer, a faithful supporter and a weekly worshipper. Throughout the
years, Gary served the Lord in various capacities. For many years, he served as Sunday school
Superintendent and enjoyed marching the children forward for a weekly devotion before
sending them to their classes. He also served on various committees, including the church
building committee. More recently, he offered to help the pastor by making elder calls and
following up on those who needed a word of encouragement.
Gary and Jan enjoyed socializing with friends and entertaining. He appreciated a good
scotch and a better cigar. He enjoyed quiet time on his patio, reading a political thriller or an
auto-biography while he sipped his coffee.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents Vernon and Jewel, as well as two brothers, James
and Michael. He is survived by the love of his life, his wife of 21 years Jan; his son Steve and
DeAnne; his son Fred and Shari; grandchildren Christopher and Amy, Curtis, Deric and
Madelin; three great-grandchildren Phoenix, Braxton and Dalton.
Gary’s remains will await the glorious return of Jesus on the last day in the sure and certain
hope of a bodily resurrection from the dead. Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write:
Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest
from their labor” (Revelation 14:13).