Gary H. Hough

Gary H. Hough

July 3, 1957 – January 13, 2023

 VISITATION: Monday, January 16th from 5pm to 7pm at the West Center Chapel.  SERVICES: Tuesday, January 17th at 10:30am, West Center Chapel.  Family Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park.  Memorials will be directed by the family.

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Gary Hough peacefully passed away on January 13, 2023 at the age of 65 while surrounded by his wife and three sons.

Gary was born on July 3, 1957 to Dr. Glenn and Betty Hough in Pittsburg, KS.  He graduated high school from Pittsburg High School, became a drum major leading the band, and went on to Kansas University.  He walked on to the Division 1 golf team his freshman year, and then graduated with a major in Journalism.

Gary found his lifetime love, Ann, when he moved to Omaha and was working for Baxter Health selling laboratory and medical products to local hospitals and testing facilities.  One of his sales territories included Methodist Hospital where Ann was working as a medical technologist.  Both of their professions brought them together and they married in March of 1985.  Their sons, Van, Jace and Gage followed in the years after and Gary took an avid interest in the guidance and mentoring of sports, life, education and much more.

One of Gary’s passions, beyond family and friends, was his love of hunting, fishing and golfing.  It was his passion for golf through his youth, into college, and a yearning to have his sons and wife join him on the course.  Gary was persistent about having family time which led to many years at Oak Hills Country Club where his sons and wife learned the game and all the details he could share.  His sons will tell you their love of golf is in great ‘thanks’ to Ann and Gary’s dedication to make golf a family event.

Throughout Gary’s later years after retiring at Cardinal Health, he also enjoyed betting the horses at Horseman’s Park, hunting with friends and spending time with his family and grandchildren.

Many of Gary’s closest friends will attest his love of comradery over a round of golf, a good hunt or a day on the fishing pond which warranted many good laughs.  These jokes and stories usually included Gary telling a repertoire of unique, one-of-a-kind jokes that were always requested to be retold.

“Gary suffered from Parkinson’s disease.”

Gary is preceded in death by his father, Glenn.  He is survived by his mother, Betty Hough-Henry; wife, Ann; sons Van (Makenzie) and their children Keston and Becklind, Jace (Ariel) and their children Zita and Gianna, Gage (Emily); brothers Greg (Shonee) and Gordon (Tina).




  • Roy Messick Posted January 14, 2023 6:49 pm

    Gary will be missed. I was a fellow Delt with Gary at the University of Kansas. I remember him always, with a smile on his face, telling jokes. And laughing. He will be sorely missed!

  • Sandy Johnson Elliott Posted January 14, 2023 7:48 pm

    Gary was my 3rd cousin. We often played together when we were young, and I have fond memories of him. Gary did know how to enjoy life!. I am so happy to read about each member of his family. I am so glad for him that he had a loving wife, a mate for life, and three sons. I how nice to see that each of these sons have beautiful families, and all the grandchildren Gary got to enjoy. What a blessed life he lived! Of course I wish we would have stayed more in touch, but it is so good to know what a wonderful life he enjoyed with this beautiful family. Betty, I can not imagine how hard this is for you. Even though you undoubtedly revel in knowing what a good life he lived, your precious son is not supposed to go before you. My prayers are with you, and with all the family as you mourn your loss. Do everything you can to ensure those grandchildren remember him.

  • Greg Scholz Posted January 14, 2023 7:52 pm

    So sorry for your loss.

  • James Gary DeBord Posted January 14, 2023 8:05 pm

    My mother Jill gave my middle name in honor of him. I will forever hold that honor. My deepest condolences.

  • Mike James Posted January 14, 2023 9:08 pm

    Great memories of Gary from way back in Pittsburg. Our deepest sympathies to Gary’s family.
    Mike James

  • Steve and Sheryl Posted January 14, 2023 9:13 pm

    Gary, you are greatly missed. We fondly remember the many jokes you told and we have such wonderful memories playing golf with you and at at BBB parties. Your laugh was infectious. Prayers to your family. Rest in Peace.

  • Randy Adcock Posted January 14, 2023 9:20 pm

    Gary was a great friend and one of the best joke tellers ever. The world will not be the same, without him. Rest in peace, my friend.

  • Jean and Hamid Sharif Posted January 15, 2023 9:25 am

    We are very sorry for your loss, our thoughts are with you in this sad time.
    The Sharif Family

  • Caroline scholz Posted January 15, 2023 9:53 am

    So sorry to hear about your lost,you will be in my prayers

  • Joseph E Tometich Posted January 15, 2023 10:00 am

    Gary wasa good friend and had many great memoties with hanging eith him. May he rest in God’s hands now. he will be missed.

  • Rick Buckles Posted January 15, 2023 1:47 pm

    So sorry to hear about Gary’s passing. Grew up in Pittsburg with Gary along with working together with this great guy for 24 years at Cardinal (Baxter & Allegiance). Gary was our leader of the Southwest Team so many found memories from all of those that worked with Gary over the years. Rest in peace.

  • Bob Daisley Posted January 15, 2023 3:56 pm

    Lucky to have known him over the pool league years. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family. The Daisleys.

  • George Morrison Posted January 15, 2023 6:42 pm

    So very sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He will be missed by all

  • Eric Olson Posted January 16, 2023 8:09 am

    So sorry for your loss, Ann. May you find peace and comfort in coming days.

  • Joe & Jeannie Franson Posted January 16, 2023 8:41 am

    So sorry for your loss, We will aways remember the late night on hockey trips.. Gary would intertain us for hours. He had the best jokes and would be laughter that made your jaw hurt. Thank you Gary for them times. You will be deeply missed by many.

  • Brett Froendt Posted January 16, 2023 9:03 am

    Many great memories of the Hough family. Was fortunate to coach all three sons of Gary and Ann. Great family and wonderful parents. Gary’s golf skill carried me in a couple of State golf tournaments and we walked away winners. Always a strong and connected family that I was so lucky to know. Condolences to the entire Hough family. Rest in peace Gary.

  • Martha Keith Posted January 16, 2023 9:17 am

    Gary was a great nephew. I remember buying him cars, playing with and babysitting him. I loved how outgoing and, very loving he was. He was an all around good guy and I will forever miss him. My condolences to Ann and his family.

  • Renee DeSmet Posted January 16, 2023 11:00 am

    Dear Ann, Van, Jace and Gage and all of the family, Michele and I send our most heartfelt condolences for your loss. Our memories of Gary is that he was always so kind and that he was a true gentleman. You will be in our thoughts and our prayers. Renee and Michele DeSmet

  • Brent Coulter Posted January 16, 2023 11:40 am

    I grew up with Gary in Pittsburg and I’m so sorry to hear that he passed. Gary was a great guy and he will be missed by all that new him. My condolences to the Hough family.

  • Jude Fogarty-Stahmer Posted January 16, 2023 12:20 pm

    Gary was a great guy! He lead a fantastic lab team. Our Sysmex group always looked to him for results. Very surprised to hear this.

  • Brian Hawk Family Posted January 16, 2023 2:51 pm

    We are sorry to hear of the passing of Gary. We got to know him and his family through Omaha Lancers Hockey team where Gage played for a few years then following him on to college. They are such a kind family and always waved and had a little chat at each game. The Hawk family is very very sorry for the loss of Gary, God’s peace be with you all. Brian, Melissa, Paige,(Kalvin) and Jamie(Cassy)

  • Doug and Lisa Zingler Posted January 16, 2023 9:47 pm

    To the beloved Hough family, the Zinglers truly cherished the opportunity to have met Gary and his entire family. Gary was a wonderfully kind, sincere and optimistic gentlemen and we truly mourn his loss . Our thoughts and prayers extend to the entire Hough family . Please accept our sincere condolences..

  • Jill DeBord Posted January 16, 2023 10:26 pm

    Growing up with no siblings, I looked for the closest thing – and that was my first cousins. With Gary being the oldest of them, I looked up to him and always appreciated how kind he was to me. When I had my third son, he welcomed me into “the three boy club”. Gary would light up a room, so now we all must let his light continue to shine on in our memories. Ann, Van, Jace, Gage, and the rest of your family – my thoughts are with you all at this time .

  • Leah Perkins Posted January 17, 2023 12:34 am

    My heart goes out to the whole family during this time. I am so saddened to hear of Gary’s passing. He was one of the nicest people I’ve ever known, and so easy to talk to at family events. He will be greatly missed and never forgotten. Sending all my love.

  • Doug and Lisa Zingler Posted January 17, 2023 7:24 am

    To the beloved Hough family, the Zinglers truly cherished the opportunity to have met Gary and his entire family. Gary was a wonderfully kind, sincere and optimistic gentleman and we truly mourn his loss. Our thoughts and prayers extend to the entire Hough family. Please accept our sincere condolences.

  • Brenda Barden Posted January 17, 2023 8:35 am

    So very sad to hear of Gary’s passing. He was the best of the best. Working for Gary was such a pleasure. The best manager it was ever my joy to work for. My prayers to his family..

  • Cliff Jury Posted January 17, 2023 5:39 pm

    A true and fine Delt forever. The most persistent rush chairman ever to walk the halls of Gamma Tau (DTD) of Lawrence, Kansas. Many of us have Gary to thank for our life-long friendships. I’m sorry for your loss.

  • Steven Thomas Posted January 17, 2023 8:14 pm

    Gary was a one in a million fellow who possessed more class, kindness and skills playing sports such as golf, shooting a shotgun, handling a pool cue and tossing a fishing line than a dozen men combined. Gary coached his younger brother Gordon’s football and basketball teams in grade school which I was fortunate to be a part of and his leadership combined with a fun, positive attitude are great memories! Thanks for being a wonderful person Gary and my deepest sympathy, Ann and all the Hough family.

  • Rick Casey Posted January 17, 2023 9:13 pm

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Gary. I went to school with Gary in Pitt. He was quite the competitor in all sports. He will be sadly missed by all. Prayers to the Hough family

  • Christine Johnson Posted January 18, 2023 8:47 am

    So sorry to hear of Gary’s passing. He was always a gentlemen and a professional in every way but with a wicked sense of humor. I enjoyed working for him and I know he will be missed.

  • Ed Logue Posted January 19, 2023 7:51 am

    Gary was a gentleman and a confidant to many. Rest in peace my friend.

  • Keiko terasaki Posted January 19, 2023 9:37 am

    To teach math to three boys from a same family sounded challenging was my first thought about Hough family. But it was unnecessary thought because all the boys were so pleasant human beings and I understood later when I met their father . I still keep a news paper clip about one of the boys did hole in one where his father did at the same place! Ann, Van,Gage,Jace,sorry for your loss.

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