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Gary E. Semler, 70

DEC. 2, 1941-MAY 19, 2012

May 21, 2012

Gary Eugene Semler, retired MMCM (SS) U.S. Navy, 70, of Summerville, S.C., husband of Ann Semler, died May 19, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with multiple myeloma. 

Gary was born Dec. 2, 1941, in Sharpsburg, Md., son of the late Harry Hyde Semler Jr. and Catherine Virginia Hessong Semler.

Gary was a 1959 graduate of Boonsboro Senior High, Boonsboro, Md.

He proudly served and retired from the U.S. Navy, followed by service as a nuclear test engineer in the Charleston Naval Shipyard, where he retired in 1995.

Gary was an active member of the U.S. Submarine Veterans Charleston Base (USSVICB). He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends, traveling, relaxing days at his lake house, boating, fishing or riding jet skis, as well as anything he did with his grandson, who was a great joy for him.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, Gary is survived by daughters, Andrea J. Semler (Michael Sheppard and their Boykin spaniels) and Wendy L. Miller (Todd Miller), as well as his beloved grandson, Graham Miller, all of Summerville; brother, Charles E. Semler; and sisters, Ida Mae Valentine and Nina Kearns; many aunts, uncles and cousins, in and around Sharpsburg; and numerous lifelong friends, both near and far, who have supported him through this journey.

The family would like to graciously thank Dr. Matthew A. Beldner and the staff of Low Country Hematology Oncology for their compassionate care.

Gary will be fondly remembered and will remain forever in the hearts of all his family and friends. Fair winds and following seas …

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, 383 Main Ave., 5th Floor, Norwalk, CT 06851; the USSVICB Scholarship Fund, 106 Birchwood Drive, Summerville, SC 29483 (c/o Julian Villegas, scholarship chairman); or the Boykin Spaniel Foundation, c/o Boykin Spaniel Society, P.O. Box 2047, Camden, SC 29020.

The family will be assisted by Tri County Cremation Center. A private memorial service will follow at a later date.

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