Lemley Chapel
Serving Sedro-Woolley &
All of Skagit County Since 1935
1008 Third Street
Sedro-Woolley, WA
Gary James Kirkendall Memorial
Gary James Kirkendall Memorial

Gary James Kirkendall

Gary James Kirkendall

Saturday, February 16th, 2019

Gary James Kirkendall passed away on Sunday, February 10, 2019.  He was born on November 15, 1995 to parents Beth Gartshore and Gary L. Kirkendall, joining two older sisters Crystal and Jessica.

Gary grew up in Sedro- Woolley where he was very well known for four-wheeling and working on his bright orange Toyota. He loved that truck so much that he parted it out to every Toyota owner in town just so no one could own it, but own a piece of it. He attended State Street High School and started his career working for his dad at Alpine Heating and Cooling in Burlington.

   In December of 2016 he welcomed his precious baby boy, Hayden James Kirkendall, to the world which was only fitting because Gary loved the weather and all the snow that came with it.

Gary was a loving father, he was selfless and kind. He was a great friend and loved by all who met him. He was big on the word loyalty, he never held a grudge. He treated his friends like family. He spent the weekends up in the mountains riding his banshee and spending time with his family.

Gary is survived by his mother, Beth Gartshore; father, Gary Kirkendall, sisters, Crystal Rogers and Jessica Kirkendall; son, Hayden James Kirkendall; companion, Mariah Martinson; grandparents Al & Nancy Gartshore and Sandra Bradshaw; nephew, Kallin Kirkendall-Luvera and niece, Adalind Marie Rogers.

Gary was taken from us far too soon, he will be missed dearly by everyone who loved him. May you Rest In Peace Gary James Kirkendall.

Funeral Services will be held at Lemley Chapel in Sedro-Woolley on Wednesday, February 20, 2019 at 2:00 pm followed by a reception at the Sedro-Woolley Eagles.


  • Kelli Frazier

    So so sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you all.
    With Deepest Sympathy.

  • Mrs. CM

    Dear Family, I am truly sorry and deeply saddened to hear of your devastating loss. I cannot begin to imagine what you must be going through. I know that words could never take away your pain. God knows your suffering. He cares about your broken hearts and he’s aware of the many tears that you cry. I pray that you will be comforted by his loving future promise of a beautiful Paradise when we will be reunited with our loved ones again. (Acts 24:15) My prayers are with your family. (Revelation 21:4,5)

  • William ingram

    I didn’t know him that well. But enough to know he was a pretty cool guy. Even when I was in high school, his you broke some studs and I offered help, but he said he was okay. He will be missed by many.

  • Mike ullom

    Absolutely heartbroken is all anyone can ever be. You were an amazing person Gary and I will truly miss your random phone calls out of nowhere. Working with you was like working with family, working with a brother. Your father loved you with every ounce of his spirit and you him. You are the proudest father which was something passed down to you by yours. You will be forever loved and forever missed……

  • Cindi

    My deepest sympathy for the family and friends of Gary. We will never get used to losing our loved ones in death because as Ecclesiastes 3:11 says, we were created with everlasting life in view. But may you find comfort in knowing that Almighty God has promised that soon he will swallow up death forever along with the pain that it brings. (Isaiah 25:8) As you’re aware God has also promised that he will return Gary to you as it says at John 5:28,29. Please accept my sincere condolences during these difficult times. You are welcome to learn more on this and any other Bible based topic at JW.org.

  • The Cartwrights

    We are truly sorry for your families loss. Our hearts hurt for all his family and friends. Gary was always respectful at our home. There were many stories told this weekend at our house, lots of tears and laughs were shared. It was wonderful to hear so many fond memories about their adventures. It just shows how much he is loved by so many and he will be dearly missed.

  • The Engbergs

    Sorry for your loss, he was so young. Your family is in our thoughts.

  • Angela Brown

    At a loss for words, at these times in our life when loss and grief are over-whelming, we need to focus on the God of life who gives and takes away. Gary has given this world someone special, a sweet little boy, and we will not know, maybe this was the one thing in life he was here for and that God intended for him to accomplish here. It’s hard not knowing why? Sometimes it just not for us to understand, only accept. Gary was so sweet, funny and sarcastic, I loved joking and teasing him and I am happy to have known him, and pleased that he was a friend of my son’s. I will miss him with all my heart.

  • Shania

    Rest in peace buddy, only the good die young. I’d give my own life to bring you back though.

  • Wendy A. Albright

    I was Gary’s teacher in fifth grade at Evergreen Elementary in Sedro-Woolley. Gary was a quiet kid, seemed a little shy, and I remember that he loved art and drawing. As sometimes happens, I never saw Gary after he left my classroom, so our last interaction was a Good-by and a big hug. So sorry he had such a short time to enjoy his life and family. Sending thoughts and prayers to all of you. Rest in Peace, Gary.