On the Sabbath, in the year of our Lord, 2019, March 30, Lonnie Gautney, loving husband and father to an adopted son and four children through marriage, was called to rest at the age of 68 after long-term illnesses.
Lonnie Milton Gautney, Jr. was born May 21, 1951 to Ola and Lonnie Gautney Sr. in Kellogg, Idaho. Lonnie grew up in Houston.
He joined the Marine Corps in his senior year of high school. He served in an elite Special Forces group called ANGLICO during the Vietnam War. He was on his second tour when an RPG came into base camp and robbed him of his legs, but he never once lost his spirit. Lonnie then served his fellow patriots who returned from the war with injuries.
He taught and inspired them to adjust their lives in a manner befitting a Marine. He had many interests and talents: wheelchair basketball, fishing and hunting guide, building, and working on race car engines, building boats. He gave a lot of love to his many pets who were always by his side.
He served the Lord many years at The Word of God Church in Aransas Pass. He was preceded in death by his mother, Ola, and father, Lonnie Gautney Sr. Lonnie is survived by his loving wife Kem, of almost 11 years; son, Chris Fenwick and wife Makiala; daughter Amy Hatcher and husband Jason; son John Nix and wife Barbara; daughter Holly Davila; son Kenneth Nix and wife Stephanie; and 11 grandchildren.
Corporal Lonnie Gautney is now a squared-away Marine at the Charlie Marshall Funeral Home in Aransas Pass, Texas, awaiting graveside services at the Coastal Bend State Veterans Cemetery in Corpus Christi, date to be announced later.
Arrangements entrusted to Charlie Marshall Funeral Homes and Crematory.