Charles Gary Putnam, 66, of Reedsburg, passed away suddenly on Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, at the Reedsburg Area Medical Center.
He was born Feb. 13, 1951, in Beloit, the son of Charles G. and Anna F. (Dahl) Putnam. On Aug. 10, 1974, Gary was united in marriage to Annette L. Berning in Baraboo. This marriage was blessed with two children. Gary was a successful businessman throughout his life. He and his brother-in-law, Matt Berning, owned and operated M & G Travel Mart in Lake Delton and Baraboo for many years. He operated Gary’s School of Driving from 2002-2016. Gary enjoyed the best of life, he had a great sense of humor and an ability to relate to others of all ages, especially the youth, whom he taught to drive. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather and will be missed by many.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and father-in-law Martin H. Berning.
Gary is survived by his wife, Annette, of Reedsburg; son, Aaron (Barb) Putnam of West Milford, New Jersey; daughter, Laura (Joel Zimmerman) Herritz of Wisconsin Dells; grandchildren, Devvin, Dylan, Sierra, Ryan and Izzy; sisters, Boni (David) Paugel of Evansville, and Kay (Lloyd) Lancaster of Marshfield; along with many nieces and nephews; other relatives and friends.
A visitation celebrating Gary’s life was held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, 2017, at Farber Funeral Home, Reedsburg.