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Gary Fred Wence, age 59, of Scottsdale, Arizona, died on February, 27, 2017 in Scottsdale. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Erin Leary Wence, a son, Charles Wence, of Seattle, Washington, a daughter, Emily Langdon (Adam) of Omaha, Nebraska, his father, George Wence (Charlotte) of Kearney, Nebraska and two sisters, Linda Cipolla (Sal) of Plano, Texas and Carolyn Saims (Tom) of Palisade, Colorado. Gary was born on March 20, 1957 in Akron, Ohio and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, Littleton, Colorado and Yorktown Heights, New York. In 1979, he graduated from Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado with a degree in Political Science and then went on to obtain a law degree from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Arkansas in in1983. He moved to Omaha, Nebraska in 1984 and that same year married Erin Leary. The couple had two children, Charles and Emily. In Omaha, Gary became a member of the Erickson Sederstrom law firm and later joined the law firm if McGrath North. He was a shareholder partner and was a commercial litigator with the firm for 22 years. While living in Omaha, Gary was active as a member of the Dundee Presbyterian Church and served as a church elder. He was a great family man and a loving husband and father. In 2006, he moved to Scottsdale, Arizona where he joined the LaVoy Chernoff law firm. He later founded the Leary & Wence law firm with his wife in 2009. He was admitted to practice in the State and Federal Courts of Arizona, Colorado and Nebraska, the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Court of International Trade and the US Supreme Court. During his career, he served clients in litigation, defense, probate, estate and trust issues and international commercial transactions. As he was growing up, Gary spent several summer vacations in Mt. Vernon with his grandmother, Jewell Mannen and working at uncle Tom Puckett's new golf course. He was preceded in death by his mother, Phyllis S. Wence (Darnold). A memorial service celebrating Gary's life was held on March 4, 2017 in Scottsdale. A graveside internment of ashes will be held at the Oakwood Cemetery, Mt. Vernon on October, 19, 2017 at 11 am with the Rev. Rachel Helgeson officating.
Published on September 26, 2017
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