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Gerald L. "Gary" Liles
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Gerald L. “Gary” Liles

Gerald L. “Gary” Liles, 73, St. Joseph, Missouri, passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018, at Mosaic Life Care, St. Joseph, after a brief illness.
He was born September 6, 1944, in Burlington, Iowa, to Lynford Fred and Mildred (Graham) Liles. After his mother’s passing during childbirth, Gary was raised by his father and mother, Myrtle.
Gary graduated from Burlington High School in 1962. Upon high school graduation, he enlisted in the United States Navy in 1963. Gary served as a torpedoman on the nuclear submarine USS Trigger until he was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1967. He then earned a Juris Doctorate from UMKC and was an attorney for 44 years in St. Joseph, Missouri.
Gary married Mary Teresa Plummer on June 28, 1969. She preceded him in death July 21, 2012.
He was a member of the Missouri Bar Association, the U.S. Submarine Veterans Group, and St. Francis Catholic Church.
While his family is devastated by his loss, they find comfort knowing he’s been reunited with his beloved Mary.
Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Lynford and Myrtle; mother, Mildred; and wife, Mary.
Survivors include his children, Matthew R. Liles, Kansas City, Missouri, Megan C. Cobb (Matthew), Andrew J. Liles (Clara), Peter B. Liles, and Benjamin T. Liles (Bianca), Houston, Texas; grandchildren, Henry D. Liles, Samuel W. Cobb, Lucy L. Liles, Margaret R. Cobb, Mary K. Liles, and Joseph G. Liles; brother, Gordon Liles (Cheryl), Fort Madison, Iowa; sister, Darlene Tabone (Steve), Keokuk, Iowa; cousin, Wayne Miller (Margaret); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Mass of Christian Burial 10:00 A.M. Monday, St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church. Interment Mount Olivet Cemetery. The family will gather with friends 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday, Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory. In lieu of flowers, the family requests contributions to the Noyes Home for Children, St. Joseph, Missouri. Online guest book and obituary at

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Meierhoffer Funeral Home & Crematory

5005 Frederick Blvd.
Saint Joseph, MO 64506





10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church

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Mount Olivet Cemetery

St. Joseph, MO

Memorial Contribution

Noyes Home for Children

801 N. Noyes Blvd
St. Joseph , Missouri 64506

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