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Gary Lee Kracman

Gary Lee Kracman, age 80, of Branson, Missouri, passed away March 8, 2021, at his home with family near his bedside. He entered this life August 13, 1940, in Wahoo, Nebraska, the son of Ernest and Ruby (Stewart) Kracman. He was joined in marriage October 2, 1959, to Terese Palensky.


Gary Kracman

Gary was an entrepreneur, owning several businesses during his life. He enjoyed the challenges of business and the host of new people he would meet. Gary was a very enthusiastic sports fan, especially “Go Big Red” the Nebraska Corn Huskers. He enjoyed sports cars and auto racing and he was an avid game hunter and fisherman, retiring to the Black Hills of South Dakota. He was loved and cherished by his family and friends.

Gary is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters: Lyn Myers and Pam Bogart; and a brother, Mike Kracman.



He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Terese Kracman; two sons: Russell (Tawna) Kracman of Marshfield, Missouri, and Christopher (Sara) Kracman of Branson, Missouri; ten grandchildren: Jessica (Jeff), Natasha, Dana (Matt), Kaleb, Charla, Nathan, Braden, Brianna, Colin, and Kaitlynn; and six great-grandchildren: Julianna, Jacob, Jamison, Josh, Forest, and Bishop.


A celebration of life is being planned for a later time. Arrangements and cremation are under the direction of Cremations of the Ozarks. To leave an online condolence, please visit www.cremationsoftheozarks.com.

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