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Ernest "Gary" Gygax

Died: Tuesday, March 04, 2008
Age: 69
Ernest “Gary” Gygax, 69, Lake Geneva, died Tuesday, March 4, 2008, at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, Elkhorn.

He was born in Chicago July 27, 1938, the son of the late Ernest and Almina Burdick Gygax. He moved to Lake Geneva with his parents in 1946.

On Aug. 15, 1987, he married the former Gail Carpenter. He was one of the creators of the Dungeons and Dragons fantasy game and was owner of T.S.R. in Lake Geneva.

Gary is survived by his wife, Gail; six children, Ernest Gygax Jr., Lake Geneva, Elise (William) Cousino, Lake Geneva, Heidi Gygax, Honolulu, Cindy (Ming) To, Beloit, Luke (Bouchra) Gygax, Monterey, Calif., and Alex Gygax, Lake Geneva; and eight grandchildren.

Services Saturday, March 8, 2008, at the Haase-Derrick-Lockwood Funeral Home and Crematory, Lake Geneva, with the Rev. Mark Moller-Gunderson of Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Lake Geneva, officiating. The family requested memorials in Gary’s name to the Christian Children’s Fund, 2821 Emerywood Parkway, Richmond, VA 23294.

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