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Gary Dean Plank

July 12, 1940 — July 9, 2023

Tulsa, formerly of Ozark

Gary Dean Plank of Tulsa, Oklahoma, formerly of Ozark, Missouri, died July 9th, 2023, at the age of 82.  He was born on July 12, 1940, in Springfield, Missouri and spent his childhood there and in Ozark. Gary was the son of Fred and Marie Plank who were both raised in Christian County where the family enjoys extensive roots.

Gary is survived by his wife of 61 years, Marion Plank of Tulsa, who was also a native of Ozark. Gary and Marion were married in Topeka, Kansas on August 10th, 1961, and have one surviving son, Anthony Plank. Other survivors include a grandson, Joshua Plank of Dallas, Texas, three nieces, and one nephew. Gary was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Marie, and his beloved sister, Ann Pryer of Tulsa.

Gary was a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served as a jet engine mechanic in Naha, Okinawa and Topeka, Kansas. Gary was especially proud of his in-flight service on C-130s and his specialization in handling cryogenics. After leaving the service he was successful in a diverse set of pursuits in sales, auto finance, and his own automobile dealership, but he will always be remembered first as an unusually gifted mechanic.

A visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 13, 2023 at Adams Funeral Home, Ozark, Missouri.  A graveside service with Dr. Wade Bridges officiating will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 14, 2023 at Hopedale Cemetery, Ozark, under direction of Adams Funeral Home, Ozark.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, July 13, 2023

5:00 - 7:00 pm

Adams Funeral Home - Ozark

504 W Walnut St, Ozark, MO 65721

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Graveside Service

Friday, July 14, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am

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