Howard "Gary" Nophsker

Mar 19, 1938 - Jun 24, 2020


Howard "Gary" Nophsker, age 82, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 24, 2020, at The Christopher House in Austin, TX after a long-time battle with metastatic prostate cancer. He was born on March 19, 1938 in New Bethlehem, PA to Howard Nophsker and Dorothy Nophsker (later Roberson). In 1...



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Howard "Gary" Nophsker

March 19, 1938 - June 24, 2020


Dr. Kenneth H Humphrey July 1, 2020

Kim, Dawn, Vicki:

It's difficult to find the words to express just how sorrowful Sylvia and I feel at the passing of your husband, your father, and our beloved cousin Gary.

I have always had a great admiration and respect for my West Virginia cousins (Gary, and his younger brother Denny, too). Although Gary was only 2 or 3 years older than me, he always seemed to be older, and much wiser, too. His intellect and wisdom excelled, and he always "wowed me" whenever I was around him. His maturity and his intelligence were really excellent traits.

Little known fact: When Gary was an Air Force officer, and I was employed by the Department of Defense as an American school teacher at an Army base in Livorno, Italy, Gary and I "hooked up" briefly in the Fall of 1965 while he was on TDY at an USA Air Force base in Aviano, Italy. He had flown in for a TDY assignment, I learned about it from my Mom Ruby through Aunt Dordy, his mom, and I drove the hundred or so miles to meet him at the base. As I recall, it was only a brief encounter due to the fact that he was working, but we did enjoy the short time together.

I admired Gary for the devoted work he did in arranging for the celebration of his mom's 100th birthday in Kittanning PA a few years ago. That was a wonderful event and, to my knowledge, the last time I saw Gary. I remember wishing that we'd had
more time together when we were there. Aunt Dordy was my favorite Aunt. Another little known fact: I lived with Aunt Dordy for 6 or 7 weeks during the summer of 1963 while I attended a summer session at West Virginia University. We had the greatest time together and really "bonded" during that time---a relationship that was strengthened and lasted the rest of her life. She fed me her famous concoction made in a gallon jar of her special "pickles" recipe... I love them and in most every Christmas card I sent to her from that time on I wrote, "Send Pickles"---it was something we joked about every time
we got to see each other from that time forward.

I will miss my Cousin Gary very much. We always had good talks when we were together. I'm really sorry we never got to Texas to see him and Kim (and his daughters, too). He and Kim came to Colorado one time, many years ago, to look at some mountain
property they owned. I now really regret not being able to have returned the favor by going to visit them in Texas.

God rest his soul. Rest in peace, cousin Gary. Our thoughts and prayers are with you, Kim (and your daughters Dawn and Vicki, too). Our deepest condolences... He will be forever remembered...

Dr. Kenneth H Humphrey and Sylvia C Humphrey
Greeley, Colorado
July 1, 2020

Toni June 30, 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Gary's family. We knew Gary as a devoted husband to Kim and father to Dawn and Vicki. We have always been grateful that our daughters were friends of Vicki and Dawn because we knew our kids would be playing in a home that valued education and was loving and supportive. Gary's positive influence is strong in his family and friends' families. It is a great legacy.

Rob Nophsker (Nephew) June 27, 2020


Bill McDonald Colonel USAF retired June 26, 2020

My deepest condolences to the family. Gary was my 308TFS squadron mate at Tuy Hoa Vietnam where he was flying the F-100. He also flew as a Misty which was a tough dangerous mission but he loved it. We were in contact fairly often as he lived in my old hometown in Austin. Spent many a day there in my youth and we would talk about the expansion etc and he would update me like my sister who also lives there. Only a month ago I was talking to him and he NEVER did mention the cancer....typical fighter pilot. BUT MOST OF ALL HE WAS MY FRIEND AND I WILL MISS HIM!!

Kathleen Phelan June 26, 2020

Linda, Angel and to the extended Family of Gary. You have my deepest sympathies at this very sad time. My thoughts and Prayers are with you at this time.


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